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Steps towards decolonising biogeography

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Abstract

Biogeography has its origins in European colonialism. The legacies of colonial relations are evident in the distribution of practicing biogeographers, the direction of flow of biogeographical data, and the language used when describing and interpreting our studies. Biogeographers can address these legacies through increasing access to research data and publication outlets, improved recognition of collaborative relationships, and critically reflecting upon how our assumptions and perspectives might perpetuate colonial attitudes. Achieving these goals will improve not only inclusivity and equity within our field but also increase the diversity of insights and validity of our findings. If biogeography is to be a truly global science then decolonisation is a collective responsibility.Biogeography has its origins in European colonialism. The legacies of colonial relations are evident in the distribution of practicing biogeographers, the direction of flow of biogeographical data, and the language used when describing and interpreting our studies. Biogeographers can address these legacies through increasing access to research data and publication outlets, improved recognition of collaborative relationships, and critically reflecting upon how our assumptions and perspectives might perpetuate colonial attitudes. Achieving these goals will improve not only inclusivity and equity within our field but also increase the diversity of insights and validity of our findings. If biogeography is to be a truly global science then decolonisation is a collective responsibility.


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Author(s): Eichhorn M, Baker K, Griffiths M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Frontiers of Biogeography

Year: 2020

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

Print publication date: 09/01/2020

Online publication date: 09/01/2020

Acceptance date: 11/12/2019

Date deposited: 02/04/2020

ISSN (electronic): 1948-6596

Publisher: International Biogeography Society

URL: https://doi.org/10.21425/F5FBG44795

DOI: 10.21425/F5FBG44795


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