- Environmental education; human-nature relations; intuitive human-animal communication; ways of knowing; intuitive, Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies; healing the human-nature divide; discourse: ecopsychology: threshold concepts and transformative learning.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Regina
- Master of Environmental Studies, York University
- Bachelor of History and Literature (Honours), Harvard University
Dr. Barrett has 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, and both theoretical and practical expertise in cognitive justice education. Her long-term vision and collaborative processes have built her program of research into a strong place of acceptance within the University of Saskatchewan and at Beardy’s-Okemasis First Nation.
News and Media
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
Harmin, M., Barrett, M.J., and Hoessler, C. 2017. Stretching the boundaries of transformative sustainability learning: On the importance of decolonizing ways of knowing and relations with the more-than-human. Environmental Education Research, 23(10): 1489-1500. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2016.1263279
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
- ENVS 804 - Advanced Problem Solving for Environment and Sustainability
- ENVS 811 - Multiple Ways of Knowing in Environmental Decision Making
- ENVS 898 - Professional Integrity and Generous Scholarship
- ENVS 990 - Seminar in Environment and Sustainability