Braiding Knowledge Systems as Environmental Peacebuilding: A four-dimensional analysis for co-applying Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews

Format: Papers, RSD11, Topic: Culture & Society, Topic: Methods & Methodology, Topic: Policy & Governance

Natalija Vojno

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Environmental peacebuilding has evolved since Conca and Dabelko’s seminal work on peacemaking to now include preventative interventions as well as those that occur post-conflict. In recent years, both practitioners and academics have identified the need to recognise the leadership of women, Indigenous Peoples, youth, and local peacebuilding actors. However, the process of integrating worldviews in the sustainability sciences risks instrumentalising belief systems in a way that perpetuates underlying power and political asymmetries.

Critical water management literature calls for an ontological shift in how epistemologies relate to one another (Ermine et al., 2007;  Stefanelli et al., 2017; Taylor, Longboat, and Grafton, 2019; Reid et al., 2021). Ontologies, or worldviews, can validate or invalidate ways of knowing and thereby open or constrain what are deemed to be viable policy responses within water governance and environmental peacebuilding. In response, this paper introduces a non-hierarchical conceptual model for braiding non-Indigenous and Indigenous ways of knowing for the management of the Great Lakes and, in turn, applies an ontological and phenomenological approach to environmental peacebuilding.

KEYWORDS: environmental peacebuilding, water governance, phenomenological peace, political ontologies, worldviews

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Citation Data

Author(s): Natalija Vojno
Year: 2022
Title: Braiding Knowledge Systems as Environmental Peacebuilding: A four-dimensional analysis for co-applying Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 095
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 23 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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