Professor Profiles


Makere Stewart-Harawira, PhD



Educational Policy Studies

About Me

I came to the University of Alberta from my homeland, Aotearoa New Zealand, in 2004. 

Prior to that I taught Graduate Studies at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and also taught at the University of Auckland from where I received my PhD. Currently I am a Professor, Indigenous, Environmental and Global Studies, teaching in the Theory, Culture & International Specialization in the Department.  

My interests include:  human and ecological interrelationships, Indigenous ways of being and knowing, Indigenous feminisms, planetary stewardship, global transformations, and possible futures. 

Taught courses include: Indigenous ontologies and global transformation, sociology of education, international education and development, Indigenous education and philosophy of education.  


  • Indigenous communities, Indigenous ecological knowledge, water systems, climate change, futures
  • Earth systems and governance
  • Critical Studies in Governance, Sustainability and Transitions 
  • Indigenous feminist movements 




  • Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and the futures of Communities (PI). Funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study.


  • Indigenous Communities as Stewards of Mother Earth: Responding to the Triple Crisis of Sustainability (KIAS-funded).
  • Energy Development and the Prosperity and Wellbeing of Aboriginal Communities in Northern Alberta (SSHRC-funded Northern Research Initiative).
  • Global Citizenship, Regional Integration and the Revitalisation of Traditional Languages and Cultural Knowledge: Responses to Declining Post-Modern Imperialism. (Standard SSHRC-funded).

Community Service

  • Association of Academic Staff Council & Academic Faculties Committee (AASUA), University of Alberta
  • Graduate Academic Affairs Council (GAAC), Faculty of Education
  • Undergraduate Academic Affairs Council (UAAC), Faculty of Education
  • Indigenous Education Council, Faculty of Education
  • Research Fellow: Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research
  • Editorial board member: Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education
  • IUCN Commission On Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
  • UCN-Commission on Ecosystem Management, Resilient Thematic Group
  • CEESP and Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) joint Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws and Human Rights