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MJ Barrett PhD Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Associate Member, Educational Foundations, College of Education

Kirk Hall, Room 333

Research Area(s)

  • 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.

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

Prophecy, by Courtney Milne, University of Saskatchewan Library Archives

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

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.

Selected Publications

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

Courses Taught

  • 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