Christine Winter (Ngati Kahungunu, Pākehā) is a Senior Lecturer in Politics Tōrakapū at the University of Otago Te Whare Whānanga o Ōtākou and Research Affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute. A political theorist, Christine’s research engages with decolonial framings for the political theories of multispecies, environmental, climate and planetary justice, and planetary boundaries. At the heart of her work is an examination of the incompatibilities between western and Māori philosophies and ways in which theories of justice continue the colonial project, as demonstrated in her recent book The Subjects of Intergenerational Justice: Indigenous philosophy, the environment, and relationships (Routledge, 2022). She is interested in creating a space for political theory to actively contribute to the decolonial project required for manifesting political justice in Aotearoa. Her approach is to interrogate epistemological and ontological assumptions that ground theory and shape politics, legislation, and law. In doing so she has two aims: to identify what is required if justice theory is to be just for Māori (and where/if applicable Indigenous Peoples of the settler states); and to expand the boundaries of theories of justice to protect the environment (as most broadly conceived) for future generations of Māori, settler compatriots and the multispecies community.

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