Decolonizing Indigenous and “Southern” Methodologies: A scoping review
Two of the populations disproportionately affected by HIV – Aboriginal Peoples and African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities – bring to the research arena distinct worldviews, perspectives and histories on research and research methodologies. In order to conduct successful research with a strong focus on the social drivers of HIV for these communities, it is important for us as researchers and community members to develop a shared understanding of what research is, what research means, and how research is enacted/practiced from different lenses.
Our group, composed of Aboriginal community members and researchers, ACB community members and researchers, and allied researchers, will conduct a scoping review of decolonizing, indigenous, and “Southern” research methodologies to provide a foundation for our research work together on HIV prevention. The products of this review will include a working paper for use in the development of proposals and which could be shared more widely with others engaged in HIV/AIDS research. We also anticipate that the review process will inform a model(s) of cross-cultural collaborative engagement in research.
We are requesting funding for a graduate research assistant to assist us in the scoping review process, 2 peer researchers, and funding to support 2 face-to-face day-long meetings for team members to come together and work at establishing an inclusive, respectful conceptual framework to inform methodological decisions.“Southern” research refers to knowledge production methods that are distinct from dominant Western philosophies.