I am an interdisciplinary Indigenous scholar originally from Peru and a citizen of New Zealand. My work centres on the intersections of Indigenous studies, public policy, environmental and sustainable development with a particular focus on comparative and transnational Indigenous knowledge systems of North America, Oceania, and Latin America. I am advocate for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples' rights within international spheres. I am an active participant in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and in the International Expert Group Meeting of Sustainable Development in Territories of Indigenous Peoples held at the UN headquarters in NYC yearly.
My current book project entitled "Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Justice" is an ethnographic exploration of the politics of food security/sovereignty of the Māori of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Andean people of Peru as seen through the Traditional and Ecological (TEK) lens, and contributions in improving food security. In this comparative study, I examined the 'good living philosophies' of Quechua people (Allin Kawsay/Buen Vivir) and Māori (Mauri Ora) to understand how Indigenous political traditions and food security governance can contribute to improving food security and environmental policies. The book pioneers an "Indigenous Food Security Framework" underpinned by cultural and ecological indicators of well-being that addresses issues of food sovereignty, security and environmental policies.
Guiding my empirical research is the “Khipu Model”, which is an original-based research framework that I developed to conduct research with Indigenous communities. The Khipu Model articulates an Indigenous political theory of self-determination, decolonization of methodologies and social justice.
I have established an international community-engaged project entitled the ‘Right to Food Security/Sovereignty’ at Brown University which is an international research collaboration with the Māori, Quechua, Cofan (Amazonian of Ecuador) and Anishinaabek of North America. More information on this project can be found on https://therightofoodsovereignty.wordpress.com
I hold a Ph.D in International Business and Sustainable Development from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.