Deliberative encounters across the ‘divide’ - reconsidering Australian indigenous environmental management

Stream: Panel 26 - Environmental Politics: Ecological Democracy 
Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


Indigenous environmental management consists of a wide range of deliberative encounters mostly between the state and Australia’s indigenous minority. Deliberative democracy theory provides a useful conceptual framework to reconsider indigenous environmental management. It views these encounters as the transmission of indigenous claims and knowledges across deliberative systems in a divided society. The role of indigenous forums potentially becomes important in helping to transmit across the ‘divide’ between an non-liberal indigenous minority and the liberal settler colonial state. The problem is, underlying issues of Aboriginal sovereignty and identity remain absent or implicit in the indigenous environmental literature and are therefore largely unquestioned when it comes to explaining what is usually seen as the ‘failure’ in indigenous environmental management. By reconsidering the problem through a deliberative lens I seek to develop new and more liberating possibilities.


Roger B. Davis (Presenter), University of Canberra
PhD Candidate, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra