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Prof Krushil Watene PhD, MA

Professor

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

My broad areas of research are moral and political philosophy. I’m interested in concepts like: equality, community, freedom, and rights. I’m interested in how we improve people’s lives (well-being) and how we make society and the world just (social and global justice). Much of my work is written from the perspective of the ‘capability approach’. As a theory of well-being, the capability approach tells us that we should be concerned with what people are able to do and be (our capabilities to function). We improve people's lives by expanding their real opportunities to live the kinds of lives they value and have reason to value.

My work also crosses over into development studies – particularly ‘Development Ethics’ which asks questions like: What should the ends and means of development be? Is economic wealth all that matters? How does policy most usefully reflect and capture what we have reason to value?

I’m also committed to indigenous and pasifika peoples' perspectives. I’m interested in the contribution of Māori justice concepts to global justice theorising, as well as Māori and Pasifika health and development policies. I take a keen interest particularly in the development needs and aspirations of my own hapū and iwi.

My research addresses fundamental questions in moral and political philosophy, particularly those related to well-being, development, and justice. My primary areas of expertise include mainstream theories of well-being and justice (particularly the capability approach), obligations to future generations, and indigenous (particularly Māori) philosophies. My research pioneers high-level discussions of indigenous concepts in global justice theorising, grounded in research that demonstrates the central role of local indigenous communities. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: AT2.64, Atrium Building
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of St Andrews (2011)
  • Master of Arts (First Class Honours) - University of Auckland (2006)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Philosophy: Contemporary Moral and Political Philosophy; Applied Ethics; Theories of social and global justice; well-being; the Capability Approach; Maori social justice concepts

Development Ethics: The Human Development and Capability Approach; Indigenous Development; indigenous well-being; sustainable development

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Ethics (220100): Environmental Philosophy (220303): Ethical Theory (220305): Human Rights and Justice Issues (220104): Other Philosophy and Religious Studies (229900): Philosophy (220300): Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000): Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified (229999):
Political Science (160600): Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

Philosophy: Contemporary Moral and Political Philosophy; Applied Ethics; Theories of social and global justice; well-being; the Capability Approach; Maori social justice concepts

Development Ethics: The Human Development and Capability Approach; Indigenous Development; indigenous well-being; sustainable development

Research Projects

Completed Projects

Project Title: Exploring Maori Social Justice Concepts

What makes society just? Plato's answers tend to be thought of as fundamentally part of our philosophical heritage: he provides a framework for discussion which we generally accept as the precursor to our modern society. But what would Plato's Republic have sounded like if Plato had been M?ori? What if Plato himself had taken ideas that are basic to M?ori society as his starting point? What kind of approach to social justice would we have inherited? This project provides the philosophical research required to articulate an approach to social justice grounded in M?ori concepts. This project breaks new ground in two important ways: firstly, by introducing the first M?ori approach to social justice into mainstream justice theorising; secondly, by bringing this approach explicitly into conversation with other indigenous concepts, and western theories of justice. This project has the potential to create shifts in some of the foundation of contemporary political philosophy, initiating a new framework for global justice theorising.
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Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

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Project Title: NSC - Mauri Whenua Ora (Our Land & Water National Science Challenge)

Date Range: 2016 - 2019

Funding Body: University of Otago

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Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2019-2021 - Te Tai Ōhanga | The Treasury
    Provided guidance on the next iteration of Treasury's Living Standards Framework 2021, and the following Discussion Paper in particular: https://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/dp/dp-21-01

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

I coordinate courses in moral and political philosophy, ethics, environmental philosophy, and indigenous philosophies.

Courses Coordinated

Graduate Supervision Statement

I am available to supervise MA and PhD students in the areas of moral and poltiical philosophy, ethics, environmental philosophy, and indigenous philosophies. 


Prof Krushil Watene is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

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