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Equitable Resource Rights and Governance

The Equitable Resource Rights and Governance team focuses on equity-centered interventions in policy and practice. Through our research, we aim to provide actionable understanding of how actors, such as governments, companies, and communities can contest and reconstruct visions and agendas for the implementation of sustainability actions.

A central purpose is to explore how transformative dialogue and co-learning for more equitable resource governance outcomes can be achieved despite disabling political structures and entrenched power imbalances. The team is guided by participatory and action-oriented research methodologies and the application of critical social theory.

We have a particular interest in understanding intersecting lines of discrimination, such as combining attention to Indigenous people’s rights with gender analyses and feminist theory. We support partners in a range of geographies, wherever inequities are entrenched in resource governance institutions. Currently, we have projects and programs in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arctic, notably Sápmi (the Sámi homeland).

Resistance against mine development on Indigenous Sámi lands (Gàllok, northern Sweden)

Resistance against mine development on Indigenous Sámi lands (Gállok, northern Sweden). Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi.