Makere Stewart-Harawira, PhD, MA (1st Hons), BA

Professor, Faculty of Education

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Professor, Faculty of Education
7-117 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


Area of Study / Keywords

Indigenous knowledges climate change multi species justice freshwater management systems change


Professor in Indigenous, Environmental, and Global Studies in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada. An enrolled member of Waitaha ki Waipounamu iwi (tribe) in Aotearoa New Zealand and also of Celtic heritage, living in Treaty Six territory in Alberta, Canada since 2004. Research focus: climate change, freshwater governance, Indigenous knowledge systems, ethics and values in relation to integrative approaches to ecosystem and human-more-than-human wellbeing, multi species justice and planetary stewardship. Program Lead for I-STEAM Pathways Indigenous Youth Environmental Research and Education Program, a cross-disciplinary Indigenous Initiatives program. 


Areas and interests

  • Indigenous traditional and ecological knowledge systems
  • climate change and planetary stewardship 
  • freshwater systems and planetary health 
  • Critical Studies in Governance, Sustainability and Transition 



2018 – Present. I-STEAM Pathways Indigenous Youth Environmental Education Program, Project Team Lead, with co-leads Dr. Greg Goss (Biological Science) and Dr. Chelsea Benally (Environmental Engineering).


2017 -2018. “Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn”, Indigenous Community Engagement, Research and Learning Project. With Dr Ania Ulrich, Principal Investigator, Office of the VP Research and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Award, University of Alberta

2015 - 2018. Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and the futures of Communities, Principal Investigator, Kule Institute for Advanced Study Cluster Research Grant funded.



Climate Change and its Intersections (EDPS 501, Wi 2021)

Global Transformations, Indigenous Knowledge and the Crisis of Sustainability (EDPS 528)

Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspectives on Policy and Practice (EDPS 580)

Foundations of Education: Perspectives on Canadian Issues (EDPS 590) 

Past Courses

Critical Indigenous Pedagogies and Transformative Strategies in Education (EDPS 536)

Indigenous Research Methodologies (EDPS 535)

Revitalizing Indigenous languages (EDPS 539)

Indigenous Ontologies in the Global Context (EDPS 636)


Philosophy of Moral Education (EDPS 456)

Society and Education (EDPS 360)

Past Courses

History of Native Education in North America (EDPS 432)

Contemporary Issues in First Nations Education in Canada (EDPS 474)

Current Doctoral Supervisions

Eddie Gillis "How will the inclusion of Indigenous history, perspectives and culture as a mainstay of Indigenous education intervention efforts effect the graduation rates of Indigenous students?"


EDPS 501 - Conference Course on Selected Topics

Prerequisite: consent of Department.

EDPS 580 - Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspectives on Policy and Practice

Introduces students to foundational approaches to contemporary issues in Canadian and international education contexts. Introduces multidimensional approaches associated with the history, sociology, and philosophy of education to help students understand and critically assess educational policy and practice. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and Traditional Communities."

20150202 to 20180331

Funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, this project responds to:

  1. the urgency of addressing issues of water governance, land use and climate change, 
  2. the implications for communities, particularly in relation to water quality and availability and agriculture, and 
  3. the University of Alberta’s unique positioning and goal to produce world-class leading-edge research on critical issues that confront humanity. 

Our goal is the development of innovative research and solutions that target this critical intersection and to contribute to calls for a new global paradigm of sustainability. 

Intersections of Sustainability. Interdisciplinary Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change & Futures

Featured Publications

co-authored with Danielle Celermajer, David Schlosberg, Lauren Rickards, Petra Tschakert, Blanche Verlie, Christine Winter

Environmental Politics, Special Issue. 2021 October; 30 (1-2):119-140 10.1080/09644016.2020.1827608

Stewart-Harawira, M.

The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies. (Henry Veltmyer & Paul Bowles Eds.), Routledge.. 2021 September; (2nd. ):358-365

Tschakert, P., Schlosberg, D., Celermajer, D., Rickards, L., Winter, C., Thaler, M., Stewart-Harawira, M., Verlie, B.

Wires Climate Change. 2020 December; 12 (2) 10.1002/wcc.699

Stewart, G., Stewart-Harawira, M.

Journal of World Philosophies . 2020 December; 5 (2):1-12

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Wires Water . 2020 August; 7 (5)

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McCullum Press. 2019 June;

Jordan Kinde & Makere Stewart-Harawira (eds)

2018 January;

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Leiden, Brill.. 2014 November; 8 10.1163/9789004282087_011

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Socialist Studies / Études socialistes, North America. 2013 January; 9 (1)

Coburn, E.; Stewart-Harawira, M.; Moreton-Robinson, A. & Sefa-Dei, G.

Socio. 2013 January; 2 (2):121-134 10.4000/socio.524

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Routledge. 2012 January; One 10.4324/9781315603476

Joyce Green (Ed).

2007 January;

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London, UK & Palmerston Nth, NZ. 2005 January;