Mariaelena Huambachano

I am a native Peruvian scholar who has lived In Aotearoa New Zealand too; hence my research stems from both personal and professional interests. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies and Director of Biodiversity Protection and Indigeneity at UW, Madison. My research focuses on the intersection of food sovereignty, agrobiodiversity, sustainability, and climate justice. To give voice to and recognize unique Indigenous knowledge systems, I developed the ‘Khipu Model' an Indigenous research-based framework, which I use in my work. I am an active member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a Lead Author in the global report on the ‘values’ assessment of nature of the Intergovernmental Panel of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES). Currently, I am working on my book manuscript entitled “Global Indigeneity, Food Sovereignty, and Wellbeing' and leading an international community-based project entitled “Our Right to Food Sovereignty” with community partners in Aotearoa New Zealand, Peru and the USA.

Let’s take back control: sovereignty is not an illusion!

One of the key issues in relation to Indigenous peoples’ well-being is the extent to which government undermines their sovereignty. While the notion of government sovereignty lies at the heart of the States model of government, this sovereignty has largely become illusionary with the growth of economic development. The concept of sovereignty, once relatively uncontested, […]