Opinion-Policy Nexus

Should all political science research with Indigenous communities and on Indigenous topics involve formal research partnerships? The push from ethics boards, granting agencies, and the literature is for the answer to be yes. In this article, however, Professor Gary Wilson (UNBC), PhD Candidate Dianne Lalonde (UWO) and I argue that projects on Indigenous topics would still benefit from researcher autonomy and outsider perspectives.  Talk about going against the grain!

Here's the info and abstract for our paper:

Recommended Citation

Alcantara, C. , Lalonde, D. , Wilson, G. N. (2017). Indigenous Research and Academic Freedom: A View from Political Scientists. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(2) . Retrieved from: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol8/iss2/3
DOI: 10.18584/iipj.2017.8.2.3


Over the last several decades, scholars working on Indigenous topics have faced increasing pressure to engage in research that promotes social justice and results in formal partnerships with Indigenous communities. In this article, we argue that non-community-based research, in which the researcher exercises academic autonomy over the project, still has a role to play in Indigenous-focused research, depending on the research question, topic, and situation at hand. We explore this argument from the perspective of political scientists who study Indigenous–settler political relations in Canada.