Karena Shaw

Karena Shaw
Environmental Studies
Office: DTB A131

PhD 1999, The Johns Hopkins University

Area of expertise

Political Ecology; Energy Transitions; Environmental Politics; Global/Local Relations; Resistance

Karena (Kara) is Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies, a member of the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Graduate Program and the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. A political theorist by training, she is particularly interested in how contemporary environmental challenges are reshaping political space and possibility. She has published in the areas of feminist theory, indigenous politics, and environmental politics, and was co-director of The Clayoquot Project. Prior to coming to UVic she was a Teaching Fellow at Keele University in the UK. Book-length publications include A Political Space: Reading the Global Through Clayoquot Sound, co-edited with Warren Magnusson (McGill-Queen's University Press: 2003), and Political Theory and Indigeneity: Sovereignty and the Limits of the Political (Routledge Press: 2008). Kara was the recipient of the 2009 Social Science Award for Teaching Excellence.

For more information, please see: http://karenashaw.wordpress.com/.


  • ES 200: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ES 301: Political Ecology
  • ES 405: Climate, Energy and Politics
  • ES 480: Advanced Topics in Political Ecology

Faces of Research

Learn more about Dr. Kara Shaw's research here.