Cross-Cultural Ecology & Environmental Management Lab

Departmental of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University

Cross-cultural Ecology is the study of the interactions in nature using different cultural knowledge systems.

Cross-cultural Environmental Management is the application of cross-cultural environmental knowledge in management decisions and actions.

Our lab is actively involved in a range of cross-cultural ecology, environmental management and cross-cultural science projects. We mainly work across Western scientific and Indigenous scientific knowledge systems. We work with Aboriginal groups across Australia (see Research Projects page).

Our broad aim is to bring different ideas, methods and priorities together to develop locally meaningful understandings and solutions to environmental challenges. Often our environmental work also has socio-economic, cultural, health and political impacts which reflects our Indigenous collaborators holistic worldview.

We engage in two-way capacity building – building the capacity of both non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to better understand each others worldviews, knowledge systems and preferred ways of doing things.

If you would like to join our team or find out more please contact lab group leader Emilie Ens.