Mix and Match in the Biocultural World

The concept of biocultural diversity is still relatively new and yet there are already many different variations of the term out there (like biocultural perspective, biocultural restoration, or biocultural education, to name just a few). In fact, we had found 191 different terms that are used together with…


Indigenous Voices

Life in the heart of a Chiquitano village Last year, two of our researchers were finally able to travel again and went on fieldwork for about three months. They visited four indigenous communities in the Chiquitania region in the western lowlands of Bolivia. The research focus of this…


Wie biokulturell sind Initiativen in Deutschland?

English version below!In unserem Forschungsprojekt beschäftigen wir uns mit biokultureller Diversität in Agrarlandschaften des globalen Südens. Biokulturell bedeutet, die Vielfalt des Lebens in all seinen Erscheinungsformen, inklusive aller ökologischen, kulturellen und sprachlichen Ausprägungen, zu betrachten. Das Konzept wird in der Regel mit der traditionellen Art und Weise in…

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Going beyond binary rural development models: recognizing diversity and change in farming landscapes with a biocultural perspective

by Stefan Ortiz Przychodzka Farming landscapes in the Global South are increasingly suffering the pressures of multiple global crises involving social, economic, environmental and political factors. Narratives on how to resolve this situation and to guide the design of public policies often juxtapose two idealized development models: agroindustrial…


Potentials of Biocultural Approaches for Sustainability Research

Sustainability science is a discipline actively seeking solutions to current sustainability challenges. Core components include the adoption of a social-ecological systems perspective, the implementation of inter‐ and transdisciplinarity, and the commitment to solution-oriented work. For sustainability science to foster equality and amplify marginalized voices, the plurality of human–nature interactions and worldviews needs to be accounted for. To that end, a concept called biocultural approaches is increasingly perceived as a valuable tool. In their recent paper, Hanspach et al. (2020) present a systematic review of the application of biocultural approaches to sustainability in scientific journal articles published over the last 30 years.