Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Assistant Professor

Office: ART 325
Office Hours: Please email for the term’s office hours
Phone: 250.807.8179

Research Summary

Critical human geography; resource extraction; sexuality and gender; political ecology; settler colonialism; youth-led research and social movements; modern treaties

Courses & Teaching

GEOG 358: Gender, Place & Culture (Fall 2021); GEOG 217: Regional Geographies of BC (Winter 2022); GEOG 491: Human Ecology (Winter 2022)


My research is most often conducted in partnership with and at the direction of communities. My positionality as a queer, non-binary white settler of Irish and Scottish ancestries steers my engagement. Having grown up on unceded Lekwungen territories, my research seeks to: 1) reveal the power dynamics at the core of inequitable and oppressive structures, and 2) foreground the resistive, transformative relationalities that communities enliven every day for more just and sustainable futures.


PhD, Queen’s University
MES, Dalhousie University
BA, University of Victoria

Research Interests & Projects

Two longstanding partnerships animate my current research. Since 2017, I have worked with communities across northern BC and colleagues at the University of Northern British Columbia to explore youth perceptions of healthy and just environments and communities, particularly in light of extractive activities. Since 2010, I have also been privileged to work alongside Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Dr. Heather Castleden (UVic) on the implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty. Both of these projects are supported by SSHRC grants. Please email me to learn more.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Member of the ACME Collective


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