This commentary discusses the framing of the production of a series of online text-based and visual resources aimed at researchers embarking on Indigenous and non-Indigenous research partnerships, and in particular supporting non-Indigenous researchers to think about our/their methods, assumptions and behaviour. We identify the tension in mainstream funding for such partnerships, and discuss the implications of Northern epistemological claims to agendas and universality as against Southern epistemologies acknowledging diversity and challenging oppressions. We note the distinct bases for Indigenous methodologies. Our commentary outlines and illustrates the online downloadable resources produced by our own Indigenous and non-Indigenous research partnership, including a video/audio recording, a comic, and blog posts, addressing decolonized collaborative practice.


Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Research Partnerships, Northern Epistemology, Southern Epistemologies, Indigenous Methodologies, Decolonized Collaborative Practice

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Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology, SSPC, University of Southampton, UK, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. She has researched and published widely in the fields of family life and policies, as well as studying and writing about research methods. Rosalind can be reached at r.s.edwards@soton.ac.uk.

Helen Moewaka Barnes (Te Kapotai, Ngapuhi-nui-tonu) is Professor and Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has worked on research in many areas; more recently relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, alcohol and youth well-being and identity. Her work is both qualitative and quantitative and she is also involved in developing research within Māori paradigms. Helen can be reached at h.moewakabarnes@massey.ac.nz.

Deborah McGregor is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environment Justice, Osgoode Hall law faculty, York University, Canada. Her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. Deborah can be reached at dmcgregor@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Tula Brannelly is a Principal Academic in Mental Health, Bournemouth University, UK. She has extensive experience in practice, research and education in mental health. Her research interest is about the experiences of care and outcomes of service provision on marginalised populations, shaped by an interest in ethics and citizenship. She can be reached at pbrannelly@bournemouth.ac.uk.


The Indigenous and non-Indigenous Research Partnerships project discussed in this article was funded by UK Research and Innovation under the NCRM grant ES/L008351/1 An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 4th World Conference on Qualitative Research (WCQR2019) in Oporto, Portugal, October 16th to 18th 2019. https://2019.wcqr.info/world-conference-on-qualitative-research/

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