Peace ecology is an emerging paradigm that combines the scholarly concerns and activism of ecology and peace studies. While it is a relatively new field of study, peace ecology is a time-honoured philosophy and cultural practice of many Indigenous communities. Instead of treating peace, nonviolence, social justice, protection of communities, ecological sustainability, restoration of degraded environments, recognition of human rights and the rights of species and nature as separate issues, peace ecology considers them as interconnected, imbricated, and intersecting concerns. This circle aims to promote peace ecology as an aspirational goal to a wider audience and facilitate transformative projects and activities informed by peace ecology and Indigenous (or traditional) epistemologies and knowledges.

Coordinator: Karen Heikkilä (Finland, PhD from University of Helsinki focused on Indigenous knowledge among Native Canadians and Malaysian Aborigines. Email:

Members: Hycintha Aguiar (India, Zoologist., Saroja Dorairajoo (Singapore/China, Yunnan University, Co-Founder of Aliff Foundation,, Alberto Gomes (Australia, DEEP Network Global Director), Bert Jenkins (Australia, peace ecologist, University of New England), , Alexander Horstmann (Germany, peace anthropologist), Zanisah Man (Semelai Malaysian Aboriginal with a doctorate focused on indigenous knowledge), Prize McApreko (Ghana, University of Environment and Sustainable Development), Joám Evans Pim (Galiza, Fundação Montescola), Mario von der Ruhr ((Germany, Associate Editor of Philosophical Investigations and philosopher with a special interest in the philosophy of the social sciences, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of religion), Rasika Sittamparam (Britain, Journalist with an ecological background), Makere Stewart-Harawira (Maori scholar and anthropology professor, University of Alberta, Canada).


  • Establish a collaborative network of peace ecologists.
  • Organise and host webinars, forums, meetings with the purpose of sharing of knowledge, ideas, research findings, practical experiences, and project plans related to peace ecology and Indigenous ecological wisdom. The aim of these exchanges is to yield and shape concrete projects and activities.
  • Design and run courses on peace ecology.