The Appraising Risk Partnership

Appraising Risk is an international collaboration based at the Indian Ocean World Center at McGill University, with academic partners across the world.

Our Project and Partners

Our Historical Database

The project is dedicated to building a comprehensive spatial and temporal archive of the Indian Ocean World using a Linked GIS database with a custom relational taxonomy.

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Maps and Visualizations

We produce maps, visualizations, analysis and other media using data from the Appraising Risk Database.

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Our Project

The Appraising Risk Partnership is an international collaboration of scholars and researchers dedicated to exploring the critical role of climatic crisis in the past and future of the Indian Ocean World. With generous support from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the partnership seeks to create a comprehensive spatial and temporal database of human-environment interaction and interdependence during periods of climatic change.

Latest Posts

Galvin, Sustainable organic farming and questions of value

Prof. Shaila Seshia Galvin (Graduate Institute of International Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland) discusses with Renee Manderville, Philip Gooding, and Archisman Chaudhuri (all IOWC) her anthropological and sociological work on organic Basmati rice farming in the Doon Valley, Uttarakhand,  India. She explores how a locally produced commodity acquires new meanings through organic certification procedures, as well […]

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Digitization of Indian Census Districts 1872 to Present

The Appraising Risk partnership is developing a variety of innovative approaches to the extraction and digitization of historical data from cartographic source materials. Central to the project's goal of developing historically accurate GIS-ready spatial datasets covering the Indian Ocean World is the development of shapefiles that represent the political, social and environmental units by which […]

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Muralidharan, Hortus Malabaricus

Meera Muralidharan, a doctoral researcher at the School of History, Victoria University, Wellington, discusses her paper, ‘Hortus Malabaricus: Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the Production of Natural History Knowledge in Malabar (1678-1693),’ which won the Research Excellence Award at the Victoria University Awards in 2019 and is a part of her doctoral research. Key […]

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Upcoming Events

2021: International Conference on Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World Since 1800

Call for Papers
2021 International Conference on Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World Since 1800
28-29 May 2021

The Indian Ocean World Centre

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University is a research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy, and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world (IOW) – from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Peterson Hall, Room 100, 3460 rue McTavish
Montréal QC, Canada, H3A0E6

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