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Associate Professor of Philosophy, Massey University

Krushil Watene (Ngāti Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua o Orākei, Tonga) is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Massey University in Aotearoa New Zealand. She writes about well-being, development, and justice with a particular focus on the capability approach, and indigenous philosophies. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Auckland, before completing her PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2011. Krushil has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Auckland, and visiting fellowships at the University of Vienna, and Durham University. Her research has been supported by the Royal Society, MBIE, the Marsden Fund, Ngā Pae ō te Māramatanga. She works closely with Māori communities to support the revitalisation and sustaining of Māori Philosophy.


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, Massey University


  • 2011 
    University of Saint Andrews, PhD (Philosophy)