Research Areas:BiodiversityCommunities and LivelihoodsConservationForest ManagementLand-use ChangeSocial ScienceSustainabilityTropical Landscapes and Livelihoods
Intu has a multidisciplinary background (Anthropology, Fine Arts, Cinematography and Natural Sciences). She has a Doctorate in Ethnology & Visual Anthropology from the University of Paris 7, France. She went to the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the University of Paris 7 in France to pursue her passion in arts, culture, people and sciences. Intu worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) based in Switzerland, but she devoted a lot of time in Africa and SE Asia. She spent several years working in the Malinau Research Forest region in North Kalimantan, Indonesia, with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Intu joins UBC after spending eight years running a Master’s Program in Development Practice at James Cook University in tropical northern Australia.
Intu has worked with multidisciplinary teams in remote locations in tropical landscapes and seascapes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Intu has focussed on issues with indigenous people and local communities, particularly on the importance of their traditional knowledge and wise practices in natural resources management and the conservation of their cultural diversity. Intu’s research has sought to enable forest dependent people, coastal communities and indigenous groups to achieve a balance between conservation and social, cultural and economic development.
Intu uses visual techniques to explore landscape scenarios and other participatory methods to maximize the involvement of diverse stakeholder groups. Her goal is to have an influence on global efforts to support indigenous people and local communities to improve their livelihoods whilst retaining their identity, cultural diversity, traditional knowledge, environment and natural assets.
Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes
Indigenous people and governance
Local governance to enhance natural resources management
Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods
Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscapes for Traditional Communities in Eastern Indonesia
Arts for Sustainable Landscapes
Exploring the Power of Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainable Landscapes
Landscape transitions in the Congo Basin
Sustainable landscapes in the Congo Basin