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Mapping Environmental SustainabilityReflecting on Systemic Practices for Participatory Research$
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Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331575

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331575.001.0001

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Using visual approaches with Indigenous communities

Using visual approaches with Indigenous communities

(p.103) Five Using visual approaches with Indigenous communities
Mapping Environmental Sustainability

Andrea Berardi

Jay Mistry

Lakeram Haynes

Deirdre Jafferally

Elisa Bignante

Grace Albert

Rebecca Xavier

Ryan Benjamin

Géraud de Ville

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This chapter portrays the development of a research program involving a number of phases and funded projects over the longer term. The authors depict a lay expertise model of development where local people promote their own solutions to environmental problems. They comment on the way their methodological approach changed over the 15 years of researching with indigenous forest communities in Guyana to find solutions to their complex environmental issues. Their initial expert-led approach, using quantitative methods, became increasingly participatory as more appropriate qualitative and visual methods were employed. The chapter shows how such techniques can be used to overcome communication barriers and how they can aid the interactions between academic researchers and non-academic researchers and between local people and policymakers. The chapter also shows how research and visual techniques may be used not simply to empower local communities to take action themselves but to take ownership, offering the potential for longer term outcomes.

Keywords:   research program, indigenous forest communities, Guyana, environmental sustainability

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