Ways of Being – The friction of multiple knowledges and ‘green’ development

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:45am

Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall

This panel will explore why and how environmental policies and programs, often claiming to advance the interests of local communities, continue to ignore or obfuscate place-based ecological knowledges and relations. Drawing on case studies with communities in the Peruvian highlands and New York City, and an analysis of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Ecosystem Services, papers will examine how the epistemologies and ontologies of local people challenge the narratives imposed by powerful state, corporate and civil society actors, including ecosystem services, green infrastructure, ecotourism, and collaborative adaptation. We will look to efforts by Indigenous nations and grassroots organizations to decolonize or disrupt developmentalist agendas that deny or distort local ways of knowing and being. Panelists will consider new questions that emerge from the friction between multiple knowledge systems.

Morgan Ruelle

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy,  International Development, Community & Environment, Clark University.