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Faculty Profile
Jean Kayira

Jean  Kayira

Associate Professor

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205 Marshall Hall


Jean Kayira


  • Ph.D., Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2013
  • M.A., Environmental Science & Policy, Clark University, Worcester MA, USA, 2004
  • B.Ed., Science, University of Malawi – Chancellor College, Malawi, 1991

Research Interests

Indigenous knowledge systems, food sovereignty, decolonizing and Indigenous research methodologies, community-based research, youth participatory action research, climate change education, and culturally responsive & equitable evaluation


EST 797: Indigenous Research Methods


Kayira, J., Lobdell, S., Hertz, S., Healey, J., McHone, E. Gagnon, N., Schuttenberg, E. (2022). Responsibilities to Decolonize Environmental Education: A Co-Learning Journey for Graduate Students and Instructors. Societies, 12(4), 96, DOI: 10.3390/soc12040096

Datta, R., Kayira, J., & Datta. P. (2022). Land-based environmental education as a climate change resilience: A learning experience from a cross-cultural community garden. In E. Walsh (Ed.), Equity and social justice in climate change education: Exploring social and ethical dimensions of environmental education, pp. 214-233. Routledge.

Marshall. A.A., Kayira, J., Tegegne, Y.T., Gruber, J. (2020). A Comparative analysis of the institutional capacity of FLEGT VPA in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia, and the Republic of the Congo. Forest Policy and Economics. 112, DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102108

Marshall. A.A., Kayira, J., Gruber, J., Idemudia, U., Tegegne, Y.T., Attah, A.N. (2020). Good governance practices in Ghana’s FLEGT voluntary partnership agreement process: An application of Q methodology. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 23 (1), 1-15, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1784116

McVittie, J., Datta, R., Kayira, J., & Anderson, V. (2019). Relationality and decolonisation in children and youth garden spaces. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 35 (2), 93-109. doi:10.1017/aee.2019.7

Tuokuu. F.X.D., Idemudia, U., Gruber, J., & Kayira, J. (2019). Linking stakeholder perspectives for environmental policy development and implementation in Ghana’s gold mining sector: Insights from a Q-methodology study. Policy. 97, 106-115, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.03.015.

Tuokuu. F.X.D., Idemudia, U., Gruber, J., & Kayira, J. (2019). Identifying and clarifying environmental policy best practices for the mining industry—A systematic review. Journal of Cleaner Production. 22, 922-933, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.111

Kayira, J. (2018). Exploring hybrid third spaces in the place mappings of Malawian youth. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 34, 30-47, DOI 10.4314/sajee.v34i1.3

Tuokuu. F.X.D., Gruber, J., Idemudia, U., & Kayira, J. (2018). Challenges and opportunities of environmental policy implementation: Empirical evidence from Ghana's gold mining sector. Resources Policy. 59, 435-445, DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.08.014

Anderson, A., Datta, R., Dyck, S., Kayira, J., & McVittie, J. (2016). Meanings of culture in sustainability education research. Journal of Environmental Education, 47(1), 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/00958964.2015.1056077

Anderson, A., McKenzie, M., Allen, S., Hill, T., McLean, S., Kayira, J., Knorr, M., Stone, J., Murphy, J., & Butcher, K. (2015). Participatory action research as pedagogy: Investigating social and ecological justice learning within a teacher education program. Teaching Education. 26 (2), 179-195, DOI: 10.1080/10476210.2014.996740

Kayira, J. (2013). (Re)creating spaces for uMunthu: Postcolonial theory and environmental education in Southern Africa. Environmental Education Research 21 (1), 106-128. DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2013.860428

McKenzie, M., Butcher, K., Fruson, D., Knorr, M., Stone, J., Allan, S., Hill, T., Murphy, J.,McLean, S., Anderson, V., & Kayira, J. (2013). Suited: Relational methodologies and critical eco pedagogies. In M. Brody, J. Dillon, R. B. Stevenson & A. E. J. Wals (Eds), International handbook for research on environmental education. Routledge.



African Sun Media

Australian Journal of Environmental Education

Environmental Education Research

Environmental Education Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association

Institute for Gender in Research and Development

South African Journal of Higher Education

Southern African Journal of Environmental Education

Sustainability Science


American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2010 - present

New Hampshire Environmental Educators (NHEE), 2014 - present

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), 2013 – present

Daughters of Toleza Scholarship Fund, 2016 – present

Keene YMCA Social Justice Committee, 2020 - 2023