Shaw, Karena, Indigeneity and Political Theory: Sovereignty and the Limits of the Political (London: Routledge Press, 2008).

Magnusson, Warren and Karena Shaw, ed. A Political Space: Reading the Global through Clayoquot Sound (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press in Canada, 2003).

Refereed Articles

*If you do not have free access and want to read something, feel free to contact me.

Rhodes, E., Krawchenko, T., Pearce, K., & Shaw, K. Scaling up local climate action: A survey of climate policy priorities in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region. Canadian Planning and Policy / Aménagement Et Politique Au Canada2021(01), 36-69.

O’Manique, Claire, James Rowe and Karena Shaw, “Degrowth, Political Acceptability and the Green New Deal,” Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Vol? (April, 2021): 1-23.

Moore, Michele-Lee, Karena Shaw and Heather Castleden, “’We Need More Data!’ The Politics of Scientific Information for Water Governance in the Context of Hydraulic Fracturing” in Water Alternatives 11 (2018): 142-162.

Garvie, Kathryn H. and Karena Shaw, “Shale gas development and community response: perspectives from Treaty 8 territory, British Columbia” in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, Vol. 21: 8(2015): 1-20.

Shaw, Karena, Stephen D. Hill, Amanda D. Boyd, Lindsay Monk, Joanna Reid, and Edna F. Einsiedel, “Conflicted or Constructive? Exploring Community Responses to New Energy Developments in Canada”  Energy Research and Social Science 8 (2015): 41-51.

Garvie, Kathryn H., Lana Lowe and Karena Shaw, “Shale Gas Development in Fort Nelson First Nation Territory: Potential Regional Impacts of the LNG Boom,”  BC Studies: Vol. 184 (Winter 2014/15): 45-72.

Garvie, Kathryn H. and Karena Shaw,  “Oil and Gas Consultation and shale gas development in British Columbia”  BC Studies: Vol. 184 (Winter 2014/15): 73-102.

Stephenson, Eleanor and Karena Shaw, “A Dilemma of Abundance: Governance Challenges of Reconciling Shale Gas Development and Climate Change Mitigation” Sustainability 5, 5 (2013): 2210-2232. DOI:10.3390/su5052210.

Stephenson, Eleanor, Alexander Doukas, and Karena Shaw, “Greenwashing Gas: Might a ‘bridging fuel’ label legitimize carbon-intensive gas development?” Energy Policy, 46 (July 2012): 452-459.

Optis, Michael, Karena Shaw, Peter Stephenson and Peter Wild, “Mold Growth in On-Reserve Homes in Canada: The Need for Research, Education, Policy, and FundingJournal of Environmental Health, 74, 6 (January/February 2012): 14-21.

MacTavish, T.; Marceau, M.; Optis, M.; Shaw, K.; Stephenson, P.; Wild, P. “A Participatory Process for the Design of Housing for a First Nations CommunityJournal of Housing and the Built Environment, 27, 2 (2012): 207-224. DOI 10.1007/s10901-011-9253-6.

Low, Margaret and Karena Shaw, “Indigenous Rights and Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Great Bear RainforestBC Studies, 172 (Winter 2011/12): 9-33.

Carroll, Myles, Eleanor Stephenson and Karena Shaw “BC Political Economy and the Challenge of Shale Gas: Negotiating a Post-Staples Trajectory” Canadian Political Science Review, 5, 2 (2011): 165-176.

Shaw, Karena “Climate Deadlocks: The Environmental Politics of Energy SystemsEnvironmental Politics 20,5 (2011): 743-763.

Shaw, Karena and R.B.J. Walker, “Situating Academic Practice: Pedagogy, Critique and ResponsibilityMillennium: Journal of International Studies Special Section on “Activism, Academia and Education” 35,1 (2006): 155-165.

Shaw, Karena, “Knowledge, Foundations, PoliticsInternational Studies Review, 6 (2004): 7-20.

Shaw, Karena, “The Global/Local Politics of the Great Bear RainforestEnvironmental Politics, 13,2 (2004): 373-392.

Shaw, Karena, “Whose Knowledge for What Politics?Review of International Studies, 29, S1 (2003): 199-221.

Shaw, Karena, “Indigeneity and the InternationalMillennium: Journal of International Studies, 31,1 (May 2002): 55-81.

Book Chapters

Shaw, Karena, “Flashpoints of Possibility: What Resistance Reveals About Pathways Towards Energy Transition” in Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy, edited by W. Carroll. (Athabasca University Press, 2021).

Moore, M.L., K. Shaw, H. Castleden and J. Reid, “Patchy Resources for the Governance of Canada’s Resource Patches: How Hydraulic Fracturing is Highlighting the Need to Improve Water Governance in Canada” in S. Renzetti and D. P. Dupont, eds. Water Policy and Governance in Canada (Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2017): 377-394.

Volpe, John and Karena Shaw, “Fish Farms and Neoliberalism: Salmon Aquaculture in British Columbia” in Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, Christopher Gore and Peter Stoett, eds., (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2008): 131-158.

Shaw, Karena, “Creating/Negotiating Interstices: Indigenous Sovereignties,” in Sovereign Lives: Power in Global Politics, Jenny Edkins, Veronique Pin-Fat, and Michael J. Shapiro, eds. (London: Routledge Press, 2004): 165-187.

Shaw, Karena and Matthew Paterson, “Politics,” in Environmental Thought, Edward A. Page and John Proops, eds., (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2003): 34-56.

Shaw, Karena, “Feminist Futures: Contesting the Political,” in Reframing the International: Law, Culture, Politics, Richard Falk, Lester Ruiz, and R.B.J. Walker, eds. (New York and London: Routledge, 2002): 218-247.


Krawchenko, T., Rhodes, K., Harrison, K., Pearce, K., Shaw, K., Brousselle, A., Ney, T., Mallows, C. (2020). Territorial Analysis and Survey of Local Government Priorities for Climate Action: Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Plan, Victoria, B.C. Full report: (106 pp.). Summary report (21 pp.)

Cook, D., Fitzgerald, E., Sayers, J., and Shaw, K. 2017.  First Nations and Renewable Energy Development in British Columbia. 

Moore, M‐L., Shaw, K., Castleden, H., with Breiddal, R., Kot, M., and M. Murray. 2015. Regional Snapshot. Building Capacity for Building Trust: Key Challenges for Water Governance in Relation to Hydraulic Fracturing. Prepared for: Canadian Water Network, Waterloo, ON. Synthesis report (of this project plus four others) available at:

photo credit: Mathew Murray

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