This research network explores the intersection between the discourse of sustainable development as seen in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Latin American indigenous-origin discourses of “living well”. It aims to be critical of both discourses and to work with indigenous communities in Northeast Brazil and Southwest Colombia to explore ways to improve on both as they imagine the future they want to have.

The network is led by Dr Thea Pitman at the University of Leeds, and brings together academics at three other institutions (Prof Jorge Mauricio Escobar Sarria, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali; Prof Giuseppe Cocco, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Prof Matthew Brown, University of Bristol) as well as the Brazilian NGO, Thydêwá (Sebastián Gerlic, Nhenety Kariri-Xocó and Dr Maria Pankararu) and the Colombia-based communication-action initiative Pueblos en Camino.

The research network is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Global Challenges Research Fund.