Creating an Accessible Commons

Ethnographic knowledge beyond academia

  • Tarapuhi Bryers-Brown


As an anthropologist working outside of academia, I have observed the potential for anthropology to influence and to be influenced is constrained by publishing restrictions. In this article, I discuss how we might address this by opening a flow of knowledge between researchers, research participants/contributors, and decision makers. Through the lens of an indigenous research paradigm, Kaupapa Māori, I consider how this opening up of a knowledge commons can support more ethical explorations of the roles and responsibilities of anthropologists to students, participants, decision makers, business, and communities. In particular, I highlight how anthropologists should create a knowledge commons that expands opportunities to ease structural inequality.

How to Cite
BRYERS-BROWN, Tarapuhi. Creating an Accessible Commons. Commoning Ethnography, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 120-124, dec. 2017. ISSN 2537-9879. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 june 2019. doi:
Special Section: Debating the Commons in Aotearoa