Welcome to the project on Indigenous Stewardship of the Environment and Alternative Development (INSTEAD). We are a multidiscplinary research program that, in collobaration with indigenous partner communities from across the globe, focuses on indigenous people's attempts to implement their own visions of environmental and cultural heritage protection. We believe that indigenous views of socio-ecological community represent a vital base of political creativity, a 'place to stand' that favours the reproduction of diversity in human relationships to environment.
The two central goals of this project are:
- To conduct a comparative investigation of indigenous peoples' initiatives to implement their own visions of environmental and cultural heritage protection.
- To bolster indigenous capacity in these initiatives through partnered and collaborative research.