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Cooperative research: an example from Far North Queensland

Cullen-Unsworth, Leanne Claire, Butler, J. R. A., Hill, R. and Wallace, M. 2010. Cooperative research: an example from Far North Queensland. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 5 (6) , pp. 139-154.

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In recent years there has been wider recognition of the important role that Indigenous knowledge can play in developing and implementing natural resource management (NRM) strategies. The biophysical surroundings of many Indigenous peoples are of symbolic significance to them, hence their perception and values of natural resources may be vastly different to those of scientists or managers. We discuss a research approach that explicitly embraces the co-production of knowledge to facilitate NRM in Australia. We demonstrate that if particular methodologies are used and specific criteria met, cooperative research can represent one pathway for the integration of Indigenous and scientific knowledge. We suggest an important step for genuine knowledge and systems integration is in research direction-setting. Our approach practices multi-directional learning and mutual benefit, promoting cross transfer of skills by the cooperative generation and documentation of information. Indigenous knowledge and associated systems are strengthened and the value of Indigenous knowledge and systems is recognised alongside accepted scientific knowledge and methods. Essential to the methodology used is the creation of partnerships based on trust between co-researchers and the generation of genuine action research outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cooperative Research, Indigenous Knowledge, Scientific Knowledge, Research Partnerships, Research Methods, Action Research, Adaptive Co-management, Knowledge Integration
Publisher: CG Publisher
ISSN: 1833-1882
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:14

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