Decolonizing the Meanings of Research: A lifelong process of learning, unlearning and relearning responsibilities

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

The Faculty of Environment invites you to attend a special Speakers Series on Decolonizing Methodologies for Respectful Sustainability Research this fall.

Sessions will take place during the last week of each month. The first session, featuring Dr. Ranjan Datta from Mount Royal University Calgary, is on Sept 29 from 12- 1:30 pm. 

Following the Speaker presentation STEC will share information about post-talk interactive reflection sessions.

Speakers will share their unique approaches to decolonizing research, and how they conduct research that is inclusive, mindful of local cultural practices and sensitive to diverse research contexts. Among participants, we will collectively explore the meaning of decolonization as it pertains to sustainability research; to re-think our approach to and purpose of research; and to explore ways to design and conduct Respectful Research.

This speaker series is organized as part of a student-led initiative and sponsored by STEC.

About Dr. Ranjan Datta

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Dr. Ranjan Datta, Canada Research Chair- II in Community Disaster Research at Indigenous Studies, at Mount Royal University, Calgary. Ranjan’s research interests include advocating for community-led disaster research, decolonizing environmental sustainability research, environmental justice, responsibilities for decolonization, anti-racist perspectives in climate change, and cross-cultural community empowerment. He has a total of 40 peer-reviewed publications on community-led environmental sustainability issues; has recently published a book Indigenous Perspectives on Land-Water Management and Sustainability (Routledge); and has edited two books, Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-cultural Perspectives (Fernwood Publishing) and Indigenous Reconciliation and Decolonization: Responsibility, Social Justice and Community Engagement (London: Routledge).

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