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Tupo pamoja, we are together: a collaborative case study of decolonising approaches to research and conservation with Mkuyu Guiding School, Tanzania

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posted on 2022-03-28, 17:08 authored by Sara Mary-Charlotte Judge
This thesis is a collaborative case study with Mkuyu Guiding School, a Tanzanian - owned safari - guide training program located on the fringes of Ruaha National Park in Tanzania. Situated within the broad framing of Indigenous methodologies that emphasise decolonising approaches to collaboration, and addressing the complexities involved in working cross - culturally within previously colonised contexts, the thesis is a col laboratively guided journey that privileges Mkuyu's identity as a safari - guide school, and acknowledges their important contributions as co - researchers and collaborative - participants. The thesis comprises a case - study within a case - study. In the first instance, Mkuyu is presented as a case - study of Tanzanian ownership and self - directed environmental actions that challenge deep - colonial legacies within Tanzanian conservation. In the second, our engagement together on this project asks what contributions collaborative relationships can make to decolonising research and processes, such as those undertaken in conservation efforts . The thesis argues that revealing alternative environmental and ownership narratives through collaboration with Mkuyu challenges deep - colonising legacies around Tanzanian - owned and shaped environmentalism within Western conservation frameworks. By mobilising decolonising methodologies, the thesis argues that similar decolonising approaches applied to current conservation in Tanzania could guide more genuinely collaborative engagements that centre Tanzanian perspectives and decision - making.


Table of Contents

Preface: Moyon na roho, heart and soul -- 1. Karibu mkuyu - a reserach-safari -- 2. Tupo pamoja - postcolonialism and decolonisig our project, togrther -- 3. "Around the table together" - practising collaborative-participatory methods -- 4. "Ask the students" - practising collaborative-participatory action research -- 5. "Environmental things happening" - project findings I -- 6. "Owing our own things" - project findings II -- 7. Conclusion: "Planting seeds along the way..."


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 102-107

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography & Planning

Department, Centre or School

Department of Geography and Planning

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Sandie Suchet-Pearson


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