Dr Stewart‐Harawira holds a PhD from The University of Auckland and is an Associate Professor in Indigenous, Environmental and Global Studies; and Theoretical, Cultural & International Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She is a former Research Fellow of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and has held teaching positions at The University of Auckland and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, where she taught for 8 years in the postgraduate programme. Dr Stewart‐Harawira is of Māori and Scots descent, her primary iwi affiliation being Waitaha ki Te Waipounamu. She is the author of The New Imperial Order: Indigenous Responses to Globalization and a number of edited book chapters and articles.
Dr Stewart‐Harawira's research focuses on the intersections of indigenous ontologies, global transformation and global governance. Her current research brings together Indigenous knowledges, science and the global crisis of sustainability, with particular attention to water, energy development and climate change.