Equity & Inclusion in Nature


Key Questions

  • How do we shift the discourse on inclusion in nature to recognize the systematic barriers that prevent an equitable relationship for all?
  • How can deep-seated biases held about cultural groups be overcome to jointly foster meaningful engagement with nature and the environment?
  • What are best practices to learn and respect the diverse perceptions and definitions of nature and the environment held by individuals and groups?

Our research in this area advances more equitable engagement with nature and environment. We study the diverse perspectives held about the biosphere, the historical barriers to accessing nature, and take a collaborative stance with our project partners to create more inclusive systems of access and use of natural systems. We make explicit the systematic economic and political biases that hinder democratic interaction with nature and emphasize participatory action research processes, where cultural groups play active roles in creating solutions.