Research Areas:

  • Philosophy
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Gender & Cultural Studies
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy & Theology
  • Social Justice
  • Feminist Philosophy and Theology
  • Peace & Minority Discourses
  • Poetry


Dr Shé Mackenzie Hawke has a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry from the University of Sydney (USYD), Australia, 2008.
Her doctoral thesis was titled Aqua-Mater: Towards a Genealogy of the Impossible and was conferred in, Sydney, Australia on November 7, 2008.
Dr Hawke also holds:
  • BA with Honours (First Class) in History and English, Faculty of Arts from Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia, 2004;
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Sydney, Australia, 2013;
  • Graduate Diploma in Theology, from St Marks Theological College, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Canberra, Australia, 2018.

Dr Hawke is a Research Associate/Assistant Professor at the Science Research Centre, Koper, Slovenia, and was Head of the Mediterranean Institute for Envoironmental Studies (MIOS; 2019-2021). And she is also a member of the Institute for Philosophical Studies (IFS). Here she is a co-investigator with Professor Škof in the project: Surviving the Anthropocene through Inventing New Ecological Justice and Biosocial Philosophical Literacy (ARRS J7-1824). She is also an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, Australia, where she taught from 2005-2013. Her main research outputs are in the area of Environmental Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies. Shé Mackenzie Hawke has published several scientific articles.

  • During 2019 she lectured in Theology at St Mark’s Theological College, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia.
  • From 2013-2015 she lectured at the Australian National University, Canberra Australia, in Gender Studies and Sociology in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • From 2005-2013 she co-ordinated units of study in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies in the School of Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Sydney, Australia where she began liaising with Indigenous Aboriginal Australian Elders to develop the methodology of water literacy through respectful cross-cultural engagement.
  • From 1990-2008 she was an independent consultant (Affinity Consultants) working in the areas of Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, and Trauma Debriefing.

Aside from purely academic work Dr Hawke has fulfilled other roles in universities and community-based enterprises such as advocacy for students with disabilities, and with those who experience themselves as different. From 2012-2013 she was a Learning and Teaching supporter for Indigenous Australian Students (ITAS) at the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Hawke is also an Australian poet and her book on elemental poetics called Flight Mode (Co-authored with Professor Jen Webb University of Canberra) is forthcoming from Recent Work Press, 2020. Dr Hawke was also a Professional Associate in the College of Adjuncts – Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra, Australia, from 2016 until February 2019.
Dr Hawke has been an Invited Speaker and Keynote Presenter at universities and conferences across the globe, including:

  • “Biosocial Confluence: Mapping Futures Down a Complex Adaptive Stream” to National Institute of Biology (NIB), Piran, Slovenia, (October 2018)
  • “A Toxic Love Affair: Polluted Leisure in Blue Spaces” Ex Libris Gallery (Curated by Clifton Evers and James Davoll) School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle Upon Tyne University, United Kingdom, (September 2018)
  • “The Play of Water from Mythic Metis to the Contemporary Beach: The Poetics of Aquamorphia”, Ludics Seminar Series, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, USA, (November 2016)
  • “Transboundary Cross-cultural Sacred Ecologies of Water” Bley Stein Professorial Fellow, Arava Institute of Environmental Science, Israel, (November 2016)
  • “The Quest for God (or something like it): Jung, Yoda and the Hero Archetype” at the Canberra Jung Society, Australia, (July 2016)
  • ''The Social Worlds of the River, as an Agent in its own Becoming: The Cotter/Murrumbidgee River Corridor” Research School of Social Sciences, Seminar Series, Australian National University, Australia, (October, 2014)
  • “Reading Water Futures: Resilience Thinking, Biosociality and Complex Adaptive Systems Theory” Research School of Social Sciences, Seminar Series, The Australian National University, Australia, (February, 2014)
  • “Reading Water Futures and Values'' on the panel: “Water and People’s: The Importance of Community Participation in Sustainability Governance”, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU ENVS1001, Australian National University, Australia, (May 2014)
  • Launch of Aquamorphia: Falling for Water (IP 2014) by Professor Vrasidas Karalis & Helen Nickas at the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia & New Zealand 12th Biennial Conference: Un-Framing Hellenism: Greek Culture After the Crisis, The University of Sydney, Australia (December 2014)
  • “Cross-Cultural and Elemental Literacy and Rhetoric: The Widjabul/Rous Alliance” Bloom Where You Are Planted, Sacra Coeur International Conference, Sancta Sophia College, The University of Sydney, Australia, (July 2012).
  • “The Transfiguration of Metis” Inspired Voices Seminar Series, Philosophy Department, The University of Sydney, Australia, (May 2011).