Raygorodetsky, Gleb

Adjunct Research Fellow

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    Biographical Statement

    Gleb Raygorodetsky is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Traditional Knowledge Initiative (TKI) at UNU-IAS. Born and raised in a coastal village in Kamchatka, Russia, Gleb is a conservation biologist with expertise in resource co-management and traditional knowledge systems. His work has taken him from the Brazilian Amazon to the Canadian Beaufort Sea, to the Russian Altai Mountains. He has lived and worked with the Evèn reindeer herders, the Aleut fur seal hunters, the Caboclos pirarucu fishermen, and the Gwich’in caribou hunters. For his Ph.D. (Columbia University, 2006), he looked at the resilience of social-ecological systems after the collapse of the Soviet-Union in the Russian Far East, by researching furbearer use and conservation in Kamchatka. Between 2006-2010 he led the development of a new global grant-making strategy for the Christensen Fund on biocultural diversity and resilience and since then has continued to work in the field of biocultural diversity with a focus on participatory research and communication, indigenous rights, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and traditional knowledge. He currently consults for and collaborates with multilateral organizations such as the UNDP, UNESCO and IUCN. He has written and contributed to books, scientific and popular articles on indigenous issues and conservation in both English and Russian.

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