Feminist Geographies


There is considerable enthusiasm and institutional support for feminist-inspired research at UBC. In 1990-91 the university established an interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations and a number of geography faculty have been actively involved in its development. Feminist theory threads through a number of graduate seminars and in most years a specialist seminar is devoted to feminist geography. Current research is as much informed by feminist theory and methods as specifically focused on gender difference and questions of sexuality. This includes disrupting conventional binaries by addressing the personal and intimate in the political and global; a commitment to a materialist reflexivity; the persistent troubling of the power relations embedded within conventions of academic knowledge production; and experimenting with the form and content of academic scholarship, including collaborative and community-based research.

Faculty working on Feminist Geographies

Associate Professor
Associate Head of Undergraduate Program

My central academic goal is to wrestle with the theoretical and historical-geographical complexities of environmental politics as it shapes and is shaped by the entanglement of state, economy, science, and culture. My research draws from and contributes to diverse methodological approaches and literatures including political ecology, economic geography, feminist science studies, and increasingly, green finance.

Head of the Department
Canada Research Chair in Transnationalism and Precarious Labour

My research focuses on transnational migration, labour precarity and performance. I am preoccupied with how to put stories of transnational migration and family separation into circulation, with the politics of testimony and witnessing, and the obligations of witnessing and dialogue within, beyond and across national and community borders. I am developing new research on the outsourcing of eldercare.

Associate Professor

I am a feminist political ecology with interests in race, nature, militarization, and resource extraction in Latin America. My current research projects are centered on the United States-Mexico border.