Mariaelena Anali Huambachano Postdoctoral Research Associate in American Studies

I am an Indigeneous Scholar native of Peru and a New Zealand citizen. I am passionate about the revitalization of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Indigenous food systems, environmental sustainability, and social justice. An innovative and creative Indigenous research framework, which I referred to as the ‘Khipu Model’ guides my empirical research endeavours.  For me, this work stems from both personal and professional interests. 

Broadly my research agenda focuses on the politics of food security, indigenous food sovereignty, and the social-political aspects of and land-based movements, especially as they pertain to the ‘right to food’ security of Indigenous peoples. 

Currently, I am leading the 'Right to Food Security/Sovereignty Project' in collaboration with Maori (New Zealand), Quechua (Peru), and Cofan (Ecuador) communities. This project investigates a potential ‘Food security policy framework’ as seen through an Indigenous lens, and also cultural and environmental indicators of well-being for safeguarding food security.

My book manuscript, entitled ‘Global Indigeneity, activism and resistance in food politics’, provides a critical analysis of the politics of food as social identity, and highlights indigenous food sovereignty (IFS) as a nascent political strategy to assert indigenous peoples’ self-determination status as land-based peoples, and to ultimately decolonise their food systems.

I received my Ph.D. in Management and International Business from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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