Kia aho matuahia te taketake, kia tūwaerea te tau…When intellect turns to intuition, knowledge becomes wisdom
Author: Mariaelena Huambachano
I am native Peruvian scholar and citizen of New Zealand whose work stems from both personal and professional interests. Currently, I am a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, and a Research Associate at the Center Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. I am an educator, writer, and Indigenous people’s rights activist. I received a Doctor of Philosophy in International Business from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. My doctoral dissertation focused on a comparative study of the knowledge systems of Quechua of Peru, and Māori of New Zealand. Specifically, I examined the good living philosophies of Allin Kawsay/Buen Vivir in Peru and Māori Ora in New Zealand to understand food security, food sovereignty and the relationship between them as seen through an Indigenous lens, and contributions to food and environmental policy.
I conducted this research using the ‘Khipu Model’ an innovative Indigenous research framework emerging from Māori and Quechua philosophies, protocols and worldviews.
My current research agenda examines the ‘right to food’ security of Indigenous peoples, social-political aspects of and land-based movements in response to state driven economic development in Peru, and Ecuador. Also, I am investigating Indigenous food sovereignty (IFS) as a potential tool for advocacy and policy change in food systems, in New Zealand and North America.
Specializations: Food security/sovereignty, law and governance, food politics, research methodologies, and sustainable development.