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International Research Partnerships in Indigenous Economic Development: Context, Opportunities and Challenges, Future Possibilities

Presented by

Professor Robert Anderson


The Jon Altman Room, COP2145, 2nd Floor Copland Building, Kingsley Place, The Australian National University


Friday, 21 July 2017
12.30 - 2.00pm

In his presentation, Professor Anderson will explore possibilities for international Research Partnerships exploring Indigenous economic development activities. The central thrust of the argument will be the increasing relevance of such work beyond the particular Indigenous context, to the broader task facing all people as they respond to society's 'Grand Challenges'. He will do so in three sections, encouraging discussion through-out.

The three sections are:

Context: Three Paradigm Shifts:

  1. Recent and ongoing major shifts in global socioeconomic system to flexible production and alliance capitalism.
  2. Focus on the area of sustainable development in pursuit of well-being: 'The Grand Challenge'.
  3. Increasing recognition of Indigenous Peoples' rights to their traditional lands and resources and to participation in economic activities 'on own terms' including culture, values, and traditional practises.

Opportunities and Challenges: Implications of the evolving context for research

  •  Indigenizing the research with respect to goals and objectives, research methods and dissemination objectives,

Resulting in

  • The co-creation of knowledge (synthesis of Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and generalization beyond the Indigenous context to address society's grand challenges.

Combined with

  • Increasing receptiveness by mainstream academic outlets for such work, if the work focuses on business and societal challenges

 Future Possibilities

  • Possible projects, prospective funding and effective dissemination

Professor Bob Anderson is an internationally recognised scholar on Indigenous entrepreneurship and sustainable development of Aboriginal peoples around the world. He has argued that developmental aspirations of Indigenous people as shaped by four key factors: (i) a desire by Indigenous people to improve their socio-economic circumstances through participation in the global economy 'on their own terms', (ii) increasing recognition of the rights of Indigenous people to have at least some control over activities on their traditional lands, (iii) the shift to a new, flexible global economy in which local aspirations and objectives can play a more significant role and iv) the growing importance of entrepreneurship as a means for achieving these objectives that are well aligned with an emerging global trend of sustainability, and 'blended value' enterprises.

In the last 14 years, he has held 25 grants with the SSHRC (Canada's equivalent of the ARC). Some of these grants have facilitated international research networks to research Indigenous People and Sustainable Development in the Global Economy. These research networks include indigenous and non-Indigenous people from the around the world: Circumpolar Arctic, Inuit, other Canada (e.g., First Nations University of Canada), United States, South America, Sami, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Peoples Republic of China, New Zealand Maori, New Caledonia and even Australia

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