Categories Asia, Council, Malaysia, People

June Rubis

Council Co-chair of the theme on “Documenting Territories of Life”

Based in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, and unceded Gadigal territories. As a former conservation biologist, June Rubis has about twelve years in hands-on wildlife conservation fieldwork in both Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo. In the last few years of practical work prior to her entry in graduate school, she started working on Indigenous land rights issues in collaboration with Indigenous activists in Malaysian Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah), and more broadly, participatory democracy through civic engagement. She has carried out research on Bidayuh ritual revitalization, under the guidance of her Bidayuh father and relatives, linking the revitalization with environmental change in her home state of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Her recent PhD research examined a decolonial Indigenous approach to orang utan conservation in Sarawak. Much of her approach to her work follows along the teachings of her late Bidayuh father, who was a trained medical doctor, politician and an apprentice priest, the latter, following his grandparents’ journey as traditional Bidayuh priest and priestess. She holds both an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and a DPhil (PhD) in Geography & Environment, from the University of Oxford.

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