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Five shifts to decolonise ecological science – or any field of knowledge

By Jess Auerbach, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, North-West University
Christopher Trisos, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cape Town
Madhusudan Katti, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
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The COVID-19 pandemic will change a lot about the way knowledge is produced, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Social movements such as Black Lives Matter have also increased awareness of significant economic inequalities along racial and geopolitical lines. People have new tools and new ways of working, many of which have heightened awareness of systemic inequalities in everyday life, work and research.

Ecology, the study of the relationships between organisms and the environment, is one field in which knowledge production needs to change.…

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