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Karena (Kara) Shaw

Karena Shaw - Environmental Studies

Professor & academic director Transformative Climate Action Certificate

Environmental Studies

Office: DTB A131 250-721-7353
PhD in Political Science, The Johns Hopkins University (1999)
Area of expertise:
Political Ecology; Energy Transitions; Environmental Politics; Global/Local Relations; Climate Action; Resistance

Office Hours

By appointment only.


  • political ecology of climate action
  • resistance and transformative politics
  • Indigenous-led energy transitions
  • critical pedagogies of hope

About Kara Shaw

In addition to being Professor in the School of Environmental Studies, I am currently Academic Director of the Transformative Climate Action Certificate and the UVic Sustainability Scholars Program, and a member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.

My current research and teaching focus on the social and political dynamics of responses to climate change, with a particular focus on how energy transitions can support communities that are more just, diverse, and resilient. Past research had engaged with feminist theory and practice, international relations, Indigenous politics, and environmental politics. Book-length publications include A Political Space: Reading the Global Through Clayoquot Sound (co-edited with Warren Magnusson) and Indigeneity and Political Theory: Sovereignty and the Limits of the Political (Routledge: 2008).

Accepting Grad Students?

Kara is accepting graduate students.


Please see Kara's web site for a complete listing of publications.