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MJ Barrett PhD Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Associate Member, Educational Foundations, College of Education

Address
Kirk Hall, Room 333

Research Area(s)

  • Interspecies dialogue; Transformative sustainability learning; Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies.

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Regina
  • Master of Environmental Studies, York University
  • Bachelor of History and Literature (Honours), Harvard University

Research Profile

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Prophecy, by Courtney Milne, University of Saskatchewan Library Archives

Dr. Barrett is an interdisciplinary scholar with extensive experience and expertise in methodological development and engagement with relational ways of being with the more-than-human. She has deep relations with Indigenous Advisors, theoretical and practical expertise in Transformative Sustainability Learning, and emerging expertise in intuitive forms of Interspecies Dialogue (i.e. animal-human).

News and Media

Multiple Ways of Knowing in Environmental Decision-Making. This video explores the expansion of the ways of knowing that someone respects, understands, and/or engages with. The artwork is courtesy of the Courtney Milne archives, U of S Library.

Conferences and Speaking Engagements

Dr. Barrett will be presenting at the following conference(s):

The Animal-Human Relationship

A free, public-outreach event to share perspectives and explore the animal-human relationship, including the use of animals for research and teaching.

Presentation Title: Interspecies Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities

Student Research and Awards

Interspecies Dialogue:

  • Viktoria Hinz, PhD (Dean’s Scholar)
  • Anastasiia Nykonenko (MITACS Globalink Intern)

Transformative Sustainability Learning:

  • Michelle Flowers
  • Christie Thomson
  • Matt Harmin
  • Jody Hanson (Dean's Scholar)

Selected Publications

In Progress

Barrett, M.J., Hinz, V.,  Wijngaarden, V., & Lovrod, M. (in progress). New Directions in Multi-Species Methodologies: ‘Speaking with’ Animal Others. In Hovora, A., VanPatter, L., McCubbin, S. (Eds.). A research agenda for animal geographies. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Barrett, M.J., Pospisil, H. M., Lovrod, M., Naytowhow, J., Hinz, V., Prosper, S., Chamakese, Y. (under revision). Shifting species boundaries: An important step towards post-anthropocentric subjectivities. Cultural Geographies.

Barrett, M.J., Thomson, C., Patterson, M., Harmin, M., Bors, K., Sosa-Alcaraz, M., Flowers, M. (under revision). Remembering and (re)connecting: Stretching towards a relational ontology. Journal of Environmental Education.  

Published

Barrett, M.J., Alphonsus, K., Harmin, M., Epp, T., Hoessler, C., McIntyre, D., Reeder, B., & Singh, B. (2019). Learning for Transdisciplinary Leadership: Why Skilled Scholars Coming Together is Not Enough. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz072

McInnis, A., Kincaid, A., Barrett, M.J. (2019). Strengthening Animal-Human Relationships as a Doorway to Indigenous Wellness. Ecopsychology. 11(3), 162-173. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/ECO.2019.0003

Barrett, M.J., Pospisil, H. M., Lovrod, M., Naytowhow, J., Hinz, V., Prosper, S., Chamakese, Y. (under review). Shifting species boundaries: An important step towards post-anthropocentric subjectivities. Cultural Geographies.

Barrett, M.J., Thomson, C., Patterson, M., Harmin, M., Bors, K., Sosa-Alcaraz, M., Flowers, M. (under review). Remembering and (re)connecting: Stretching towards a relational ontology. Journal of Environmental Education.  

Barrett, M.J., Harmin, M., Maracle, B., Patterson, M., Thomson, C., Flowers, M., and Bors, K.  2017.  Shifting relations with the more-than-human: six threshold concepts for transformative sustainability learning.  Environmental Education Research, 23(1): 131-143.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2015.1121378

Flowers, M., Lipsett, L., Barrett, M.J.  2014.  Animism, creativity, and a tree: Shifting into nature connection through attention to subtle energies and contemplative art practice. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 19, 111-126.

Whitehouse, H., Watkin Lui, F., Sellwood, J., Barrett, M.J., and Chigeza, P.  2014.  Sea Country: navigating Indigenous and colonial ontologies in Australian environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 20(1): 56-69.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2013.852655

Barrett M.J.  2014.  Responding to Environmental Crises Through Multi-media Hypertextual Research Representation. In: Reid A., Hart E., Peters M. (eds) A Companion to Research in Education. Springer, Dordrecht.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6809-3_74

Barrett, M.J.  2013.  Enabling hybrid space: Epistemological diversity in socio-ecological problem-solving.  Policy Sciences, 46(2): 179-197.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-013-9178-x

Barrett, M.J.  2013.  Researching through porosity: An animist research methodology. G. Harvey (Ed.). Handbook of contemporary animism. Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing, 20(1), 56-69.

Kovach, M., Carriere, J., Barrett, M.J., Montgomery, H., and Gilles, C.  2013.  Stories of diverse identity locations in Indigenous research. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6(4): 487-509.  https://doi.org/10.1525/irqr.2013.6.4.487

Barrett, M.J. and Wuetherick, B.  2012.  Intuition and animism as bridging concepts to Indigenous knowledges in environmental decision-making. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal, 6(1): 1-17.

Barrett, M.J.  2012.  Decentering norms: Teaching multiple ways of knowing in environmental decision-making.  Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 5: 103-108.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/celt.v5i0.3405

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 807 – Issues in Sustainability Theory and Practice
  • ENVS 811 – Multiple Ways of Knowing in Environmental Decision Making
  • ENVS 804 – Advanced Problem Solving for Environment and Sustainability  
  • ENVS 990 – Seminar in Environment and Sustainability
  • ENVS 898 – Ways of Knowing Water, Land and Sky