Dr Krushil Watene

Krushil Watene

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Tonga

PhD (St Andrews), MA Hons. (Auckland), BA Hons. (Auckland), BA (Auckland)
Honorary Research Fellow at the James Henare Māori Research Centre

Email: k.watene@auckland.ac.nz

Research interest

Krushil’s research and teaching interests span contemporary moral and political philosophy, and development studies. Krushil’s commitment to indigenous issues is situated both within these areas of research (indigenous philosophy and indigenous development), and as they arise within indigenous communities.

Philosophy: contemporary moral and political philosophy, applied ethics, distributive justice, intergenerational justice, human rights, the Capability Approach, multiculturalism

Development Studies: development ethics, the Capability Approach, indigenous development, indigenous self-determination, The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Whanau Ora


Current research

Most recently, Krushil’s primary James Henare Māori Research Centre research has involved working with and alongside Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei (NWO) service providers and whānau, the research supports and maps the transformation of, 1) provider services and processes toward whānau-centred service delivery; and 2) whānau pursuing and realising whānau ora. 

Furthermore, Krushil, along with Dr Merata Kawharu, Dr Gerald Cotterell and Stephen McTaggart have been working in association with the social development arm of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei called Whai Maia in order to develop a survey that has now been distributed to over 2,000 members of the hapū. This survey is concerned with asking questions of hapu descendants on culture and language, health, housing, education, standards of living, voluntary work and income.


Recent publications

‘Beyond Nussbaum’s Capability Approach: Future Generations and the Need for New Ways Forward’, in Thom Brooks (ed.), New Waves in Global Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=640237

‘Indigenous Visions For Sustainable Development Law? Continuing the Conversation’, in K Bosselmann, D Grinlinton, P Taylor (eds) Environmental Law for a Sustainable Society, NZCEL Monograph Series, Vol. 1 (2nd ed), 2013.

‘Nussbaum’s Capability Approach and Future Generations’, in Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Volume 14Issue 1, 2013. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19452829.2012.747488#tabModule

‘Nussbaum’s Capability Approach and Future Generations’, in Felix Rauschmayer and Ortrud Lessman (eds.) The Capability Approach and Sustainability, Routledge, 2013. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415712538/

‘El Enfoque de las Capacidades Como Teoria de la Justicia: Aclaraciones Y Desafios’, in Revista Enfoque - Edición 29, 2013

Strengthening the Capability Approach: The Foundations of the Capability Approach with Insights from Two Challenges. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrews 2011. http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/1902/3/KrushilWatenePhDThesis.pdf

Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities’, (CUP 2010). BOOK REVIEW, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (JHDC) vol. 12, no. 3 (August 2011)

‘The Capability Approach and Theories of Justice: Clarifications and Challenges’, in Maitreyee: The Capability Approach and Theories of Justice. September 2011 (translated into Spanish). http://www.capabilityapproach.com/pubs/Maitreyee19_Sep_11.pdf

‘Global Justice? Insights from Critical Theory’, in Maitreyee: The Capability Approach and Theories of Justice. September 2011. http://www.capabilityapproach.com/pubs/Maitreyee19_Sep_11.pdf

‘Valuing the Environment in a Diverse World’ in Maitreyee: The Environment, March 2011. http://www.capabilityapproach.com/pubs/Maitreyee18_Mar_11.pdf

Equalising Opportunities Globally: Objections, Justifications, and the Way Forward. Unpublished MA Thesis, University of Auckland 2006. https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/2292/13734/whole.pdf?sequence=2