Krushil Watene

Associate Professor at the Massey University

Member of the Standing Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science 2022-2025

Krushil ((Ngāti Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Tonga) undertakes research to address fundamental questions in ethics, politics, and Indigenous philosophy. Her research engages at the intersections of diverse philosophical traditions, transdisciplinarity, and the role of local communities for global change. Her primary areas of expertise include mainstream theories of well-being, development, and justice (particularly the capability approach), intergenerational justice, and Māori philosophy. Her commitment to flourishing local knowledges is complemented by her ongoing involvement in multiple national and international forums (UNDP, UNEP, HDCA, IDEA, IRG-GHJ) in which respectful recognition and engagement across these diverse knowledge systems for goal- and agenda-setting at national, regional, and global levels is critical. Krushil has been an advisory board member for the UNDP Human Development Reports since 2020. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and is currently Associate Professor in Philosophy at Massey University in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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