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Jose Arias-Bustamante
Liu Scholar; PhD Student, Forestry
Office: 2619, Forest Sciences Centre
Address: 2424 Main Mall. Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z4
Email: joarias@alumni.ubc.ca
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Jose is a Forest Engineer from the University of Chile. He has collaborated with Indigenous communities in Chile and Canada regarding sustainable forest management. Before he came to Canada he was research assistant in the Forest Research Institute of Chile (INFOR), where he worked with rural communities in a Project related to Honey Production in the north of Chile.

 

Jose completed his M.Sc. in forestry at UBC Faculty of Forestry under the supervision of Dr. John L. Innes. Working with Dr. Innes, Jose was part of the Sustainable Forest Management Research Group (SFMRG) and his research focused on climate change, Indigenous knowledge, and forest management in collaboration with the  Nisga'a Nation (Northwestern British Columbia, Canada).

 

Currently, Jose is a PhD student in the Faculty of Forestry. For this part of his academic journey, he has decided to continue working in Dr. Innes' research group and the focus of his research would be place on Indigenous communities from Chile, with particular interest in the struggles of Mapuche communities.

 

The research Jose is planning to pursue involves issues of social and environmental justice. For this reason, the case study he will be studying deals with Mapuche communities, which have been subject of land seizures and environmental decline by forest companies and the Nation State of Chile. The Mapuche culture, knowledge and worldview have been jeopardized by the named stakeholders, and therefore concerted action and new knowledge is needed in order to find peaceful solutions regarding land access. In the Mapuche traditional land violent conflicts have been escalating in the last years, and as a result of this, several Mapuche and non-Mapuche lives have been taken. This is why Jose's research would follow a companion modeling approach to support collective decision-making processes within the Mapuche ancestral lands, and thus find peaceful solutions to the conflict over land access.

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. in Forestry (2014-2017 expected). Faculty of Forestry. UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Research topic: Conflict over access to land within the Mapuche ancestral territories in the south of Chile: a companion modeling approach to support collective decision-making processes and find peaceful solutions.

 

M.Sc. in Forestry [Honours] (2011-2013). Faculty of Forestry. UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

Research topic: Indigenous knowledge, climate change and forest management: the Nisga'a Nation approach.

 

Diploma in Socio-Environmental Management, Sustainability and Complexity (2009). Faculty of Social Sciences. University of Chile. Santiago, Chile.

 

Forest Engineering [Honours] (2007-2009). Faculty of Forestry, University of Chile. Santiago, Chile.

 

Research topic: Associative networks proposal for small forest landholders producing certified firewood, from the communes of Mariquina, Corral and Valdivia, Los Rios Region. Chile.

 

B.Sc. in Forestry (2003-2006). Faculty of Forestry, University of Chile. Santiago, Chile.

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Mapuche lands claims in Chile: options for controlling and maintaining access to the land. Latin American Conference on Political Ecology. October 21st-24th. Department of Geography, University of Chile. Santiago, Chile.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Mapuche lands claims in Chile: options for controlling and maintaining access to the land. 2nd Annual Colloquium of Chileans Researchers in Canada: 'Contruyendo puentes, movilizando conocimiento'. October 4th. The Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Indigenous knowledge, climate change and forest management: The Nisga'a Nation approach. Out-of-the-Box: Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Conference. March 21st. The Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2014. Indigenous knowledge, climate change and forest management: The Nisga'a Nation approach. Guest speaker in Aboriginal Forestry. January 23rd. Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. FIREtalks Series 'Indigenizing the Academy'. October 23rd, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. Kloshe Tillicum 2013 National Gathering of Graduate Students. June 24th, First Nation Longhouse, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge: 'Results'. Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a Institute Board of Members Meeting. June 21st, Gitwinksihlkw, B.C., Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge. TerreWeb Seminar series. February 28th, Forest Sciences Centre, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2013. Climate change: Learning from traditional ecological knowledge. Guest speaker in Aboriginal Forestry. January 24th. Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Arias-Bustamante, J. 2012. Climate change and Indigenous knowledge: 'Proposal'. Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a Institute Board of Members Meeting. May 4th, Gitwinksihlkw, B.C., Canada.

 

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