Professor Profiles


Makere Stewart-Harawira, PhD



Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Makere is a professor of Indigenous, Environmental and Global Studies in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She teaches courses in Indigenous ontologies and global transformation, sociology of education, international education and development, Indigenous education and philosophy of education in the Theory, Culture and International Specialization. Makere received her PhD from the University of Auckland and came to the University of Alberta following ten years of teaching and program development at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, an Indigenous (Maori) university in Aotearoa New Zealand, and has also taught at the University of Auckland, Tangaroa College (Auckland) and Hillary College (Auckland).


  • Traditional communities, water management, and climate change impacts
  • Indigenous ecological knowledge and ecosystem remediation and mitigation
  • Earth Systems and Governance
  • Critical Studies in Governance, Development and Sustainable Transformation
  • Peace and Conflict Studies and Traditional Communities




  • 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)
  • CEESP and Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) joint Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws and Human Rights (SPICEH)
  • CEESP and Species Survival Commission (SSC) joint Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) Specialist Group