Call for contributions to special issue on Transforming Conservation Biology Through Indigenous Perspectives

Contributions are welcomed to an upcoming Special Issue in Pacific Conservation Biology: “Transforming Conservation Biology Through Indigenous Perspectives“.

For more information, please contact Coordinating Editor Melissa Price.

About the Special Issue

The field of conservation biology is influenced and shaped by values from many world views. Research, decision processes, and policies are generated by people, and thus do not exist apart from culture. Regarding conservation research and policy in Indigenous places, we wish to acknowledge areas of conflict, identify tools for navigation, and highlight potential pathways forward through them. Additionally, in an era in which complex and interdependent problems are the norm, we wish to feature Indigenous perspectives that may transform the field of conservation biology in this context.

In this special collection of papers, we will explore the transformative potential of engaging Indigenous values and perspectives in the co-generation, co- production and co-application of knowledge, with a focus on conservation biology in the Pacific. Examples of research that acknowledge and address social-, intellectual- and environmental justice are of particular interest.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • De-colonizing conservation
  • Species- vs system-focus for research and management
  • Conservation-relevant outcomes of ecological engineering based on Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK)
  • Defining reference systems for biocultural restoration
  • Integrated conservation approaches that include food production systems
  • Wildlife management (e.g., managing for abundance)
  • Culturally-based invasive species management (e.g., lethal techniques)
  • Field research methodologies; use of marking devices, such as bands, transmitters
  • Formal integration of indigenous peoples’ processes into decision making such that policy represents multiple knowledge systems
  • Policies on the granting of personhood to land features (e.g. mountains, rivers)
  • Ecosystem services related to conservation or restoration of cultural landscapes or sacred places
  • Indigenous language embedded in legislation (e.g. ‘kaitiaki’ in Aotearoa)
  • Education pathways to increase indigenous people in conservation professions

Please visit the Pacific Conservation Biology online for information regarding guidelines for authors.

Call for Papers – September 1, 2019
Manuscripts Due – February 1, 2020
First Round of Reviews – May 1, 2020
Intended Date of Publication – August 15, 2020

Guest Editors

Melissa Price (Coordinating Editor for Special Issue), Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1910 East-West Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822.

Anne-Marie Jackson, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, co-Director Te Koronga: Indigenous Graduate Research Excellence Programme and Indigenous Science Research Theme, co-Programme lead Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kawika Winter, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, P.O. Box 1346, Kāne‘ohe, HI, USA.