Indigenous engagement in research partnerships.

The resources available here on the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Research Partnership project pages are about partnerships between researchers.  As well as partnership between academics, they are relevant to the increasing number of UK-based researchers are working transnationally and internationally among Indigenous peoples.  

A recent webinar, organised by People’s Palace Projects for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research council (ESRC), addressed Indigenous engagement in research partnerships and knowledge mobilsation. 

Participants discussed the challenges faced in engaging with Indigenous communities while undertaking co-production of knowledge, and to identify good practice and gaps in good practice.

A particular highlight of the webinar was video contributions from Indigenous peoples about how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting their communities.

A link to our project resources is also featured on the webinar page.

Webinar on Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics and Methods

Deborah McGregor recently took part in a webinar on Indigenous and intercultural research, discussing Indigenous knowledge and environmental justice, Indigenous research approaches and intercultural research teams – such as our Indigenous and non-Indigenous research partnership project. 

Also participating was Bagele Chilsa, University of Botswana, raising the issues and methods for researchers to consider when they are studying formerly colonised societies, Indigenous peoples, or historically oppressed communities. 

The webinar is a really fascinating discussion with Bagele and Deb providing their unique and significant perspectives and stories about the concept of knowledge, research purposes and processes, and research relationships.

You can access a recording of the webinar and links to a range of posts and resources here:

Note: thanks to Janet Salmons for organising the webinar

Transforming partnerships: what to consider

An illustrated discussion on effective Indigenous/Non-Indigenous research collaborations

Our video makes key points about what to consider

Our research team is delighted to make a 10 minute video available for anyone interested in the key things to consider when looking to develop an effective and impactful collaboration between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous researchers.

The video contains some of the key points from our longer 40 minute audio discussion between our research team members mixed with images from a comic we have produced as part of this project.

The resources created for the project are designed to stimulate discussion and help transform partnerships and have been created as part of our Indigenous / Non-Indigenous research project funded by the UKRI.

Transforming Indigenous / Non-Indigenous Research Partnerships

A comic for use by researchers, students and teachers of methods interested in effective partnerships.

A comic perspective on transforming Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Research Partnerships

Our project team is delighted to announce the publication of a comic resource exploring the challenges and opportunities that exist in the development of effective partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers.

The comic has been produced as part of this project, and is in itself a collaboration between Indigenous researchers Helen Moewaka Barnes from New Zealand, Deborah McGregor from Canada and Ros Edwards and Tula Brannelly from the UK.

The researchers worked with comic artist Olivia Hicks to develop the storyline and images.

Project lead Ros Edwards said:

We are delighted with how this fantastic resource has come together. It has been a real labour of love and a testament to what good collaborative working between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers looks like.

We hope this great resource will be used by students, teachers and researchers around the world who might like to work with Indigenous researchers and peoples but are unsure how to approach the idea and are looking for tips and ideas on how to achieve effective collaborations that will really benefit communities and the people who live in them.

Helen Moewaka Barnes added:

We worked hard to present a story that raised some common issues but didn’t have all the answers. We hope the comic will stimulate people to think about their context and explore what it means to them, rather than thinking ‘this is how you do it‘.

Deborah McGregor said the fun side of producing a comic was also key to engaging others in important discussions around good collaborations:

This resource offers a fun and visual way to learn more about the opportunities and challenges in engaging in Indigenous-non-Indigenous collaborative research.  We hope this comic presents an enjoyable way for people to learn about engaging in respectful and ethical research relationships.

Footprint in the sand: an audio discussion

Project team members Ros Edwards, Tula Brannelly, Helen Moewaka Barnes and Deborah McGregor have joined forces with podcast producer and former BBC journalist Chris Garrington for a panel discussion about Indigenous and non-Indigenous research collaborations.

The discussion is aimed at researchers who are considering working with Indigenous researchers and communities and provides useful context, experience and tips for them to consider.

The resource is also designed to be shared with PhD students/researchers as part of any discussions about effective collaborations.

Ros Edwards, who is leading the project, said:

There is very little information available to students and researchers who would like to work with Indigenous researchers and people. We hope our discussion will get people thinking about the challenges and the opportunities that presents and provide both food for thought and inspiration to help them approach their research in a way that will benefit the communities and individuals involved.