On behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) hosted a webinar on Wednesday 24 March 2021 on Indigenous engagement in research partnerships and knowledge mobilisation.

Following the Indigenous Research Methodologies workshops in Rio de Janeiro 2019 and online in March 2020, this webinar was an opportunity to address the increasing number of UK-based scholars working transnationally and internationally among Indigenous peoples, ensuring that those who have traditionally been researched become active participants in research processes. The webinar aims to inform the international development research community, across disciplines, on challenges when engaging with indigenous communities whilst ensuring co-production of knowledge and effective knowledge mobilisation, with the potential for broader impact beyond academia, and to help identify areas where good practice is established or additional work is required.

The 3-hour online event brought together indigenous and non-indigenous researchers and will be hosted by Professor Paul Heritage (School of English and Drama/QMUL). The webinar will also be an opportunity to learn how indigenous partners are being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to draw the agenda for the next webinar in August 2021.


14:00-14:15 – Welcome
Paul Heritage (People’s Palace Projects/Queen Mary University of London)
Parvati Nair, Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies and Head of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (Queen Mary University of London)
Ian Stanton, Head of International Development and Area Studies (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
Claudia Maigora, Embera-Chami people, Colombia

14:15-15:00 – Session 1: What are the different challenges for indigenous research in the region you are working?
Chair: Teresa Armijos Burneo, Lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development, (University of East Anglia)
Gareth Loudon, Professor of Creativity at the Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) (Cardiff Metropolitan University), and C. Santhosh Kumar, Professor at?Amrita School of Engineering (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India).
Caroline Upton, Professor in Human Geography (University of Leicester), and Stanley Kimaren ole Riamit, Founder-Director of Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA, Kenya)
Tony Crook, Social Anthropology, Director of Research (University of St Andrews), and Kirsten MacLeod, Lecturer in Film and Television (Edinburgh Napier University)

15:10-16:00 – Session 2: Working Groups. Chair: Giovanna Fassetta, Lecturer in Intercultural Literacies and Languages in Education (University of Glasgow)

16:00-17:00 – Session 3: A Conversation between Simon McBurney and Ailton Krenak (Brazil)
Chair: Paul Heritage (People’s Palace Projects/Queen Mary University of London)
Simon McBurney, actor, playwright and theatre director (Complicité Theatre)
Ailton Krenak, writer, journalist, philosopher and indigenous leader (Krenak people, Brazil)
Q&A + Next steps

Since 2019 People’s Palace Projects hosts a programme of events on Indigenous engagement in research partnerships and knowledge mobilisation. To know more about the programme and access its resources, visit:

Indigenous Research Methods

Indigenous Research Methods