Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Postdoctoral Researcher and HARC Contributor

Vanessa grew up on Coast Salish territories on Vancouver Island and lives between there, and Lheidli T’enneh territories in Prince George. A postdoctoral fellow in the Geography Program at UNBC, their research explores how critically engaging large scale resource extraction in northern and rural communities can aid alternative ways of relating to the land and to one another. Vanessa’s interests revolve around how dispossession is normalized interpersonally and through structures of power, and how these dynamics can be transformed. While at UNBC, Vanessa is exploring questions of dispossession and large scale resource extraction by listening to and learning from youth in rural and northern communities. Their academic training is in human geography and environmental studies, earning a BA in human geography from the University of Victoria, a Master’s of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in geography at Queen’s University at Kingston. For their graduate degrees, Vanessa worked with Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation whose territories are on the west coast of Vancouver Island, to explore how the contentious modern treaty process in British Columbia influences decision-making and relationships. Notoriously bad at social media, Vanessa welcomes emails from people who would like to hear more about their research and teaching, or to receive copies of their published work. Email: vanessa.sloan.morgan@unbc.ca