Mariaelena Huambachano

Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, 4W Director, Biodiversity Protection and Indigeneity


Ph.D., University of Auckland, New Zealand; M.A., Massey University, New Zealand

Departments & Organizations

Department of Civil Society and Community Studies; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program


Mariaelena Huambachano, is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies and 4W director of Biodiversity Protection and Indigeneity at UW, Madison. Her research focuses on the intersections of food sovereignty, agrobiodiversity, sustainability, and climate justice. To give voice to and recognize unique knowledge systems, she developed the ‘Khipu Model,’ an Indigenous research-based, which she uses in her work with Indigenous communities.

She is also an active member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a lead author in the global report on the ‘values’ assessment of nature of the Intergovernmental Panel of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES).

She is currently working on her book manuscript entitled “Global Indigeneity, Food Sovereignty, and Well-being. She also leads an international community-based project entitled “Our Right to Food Sovereignty” with community partners in Aotearoa New Zealand, Peru and the USA.