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Rebakah Minarchek | Participatory Methods and the Democratization of Environmental Research

September 23, 2021

Rebakah Daro Minarchek

Rebakah Daro Minarchek is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in Integrated Social Sciences program and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She specializes in environmental sociology and Southeast Asian Studies. Dr. Daro Minarchek has worked as a curriculum developer for the Food and Agricultural Organization and for the International Studies Department at Ohio University. She worked as the Associate Director of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) from 2013-2016 and as the Managing Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the University of Washington from 2017-2018. Dr. Daro Minarchek’s research interests include environmental justice, the politics of natural resource access, Indigenous rights, gender, and participatory mapping.


Participatory Methods and the Democratization of Environmental Research

November 3, 2021


This presentation explores the expectations and realities of participatory methods in environmental research and how we can incorporate research subjects’ participation in a meaningful way. Using a case study from West Java, Indonesia, I highlight several communities as they navigate participatory mapping projects established by civil society organizations. In particular, I explore how they are exerting ownership over the process of “participatory” projects and how this might serve as an example for our own academic research methods.

Prior publication covering a variety of methods available in environmental research.

Forests, Trees and Livelihoods

Forest research and gender: a review of available methods for promoting equity Carol J. Pierce Colfer & Rebakah Daro Minarchek