An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, Sarah de Leeuw grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre and teaches in the areas of Indigenous peoples well-being and health humanities.
Research and Expertise
My research sits at the crossroads of social-cultural geography, health-humanities, social determinants of health, and anti-colonial method/ologies. I am interested in why some peoples and communities have better lives than others, why other peoples and communities live with burdens of poverty, isolation, violence, discrimination, racism, sexism, or poor health. Fundamentally, this division does not seem fair to me – and since I grew up in northern and rural British Columbia, in communities often marked by higher rates of poverty or poor health or isolation and marginalization, these topics are also personal. I ask questions about the determining conditions of marginalization and, while trying to answer those questions, I also try both to recognize the tremendous resiliency and strengths that often reside in marginalized places and to document these resiliencies and strengths through creative and arts-based means.
- Magrane, E., Russo, L., de Leeuw, S., & Perez, C. S. (Eds.). (2019). Geopoetics in Practice. Routledge.
- de Leeuw, S. and Hunt, S. (2018). Unsettling decolonizing geographies. Geography Compass, 12(7), e12376.
- Greenwood, M., de Leeuw, S., and Lindsay, N., Eds. (2018). 2nd Edition Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: Beyond the Social. Toronto, Ont.: Canadian Scholars’ Press. 364 pgs.
- de Leeuw, S. (2017). Where it Hurts. Edmonton, Alberta: NeWest Press.
- de Leeuw, S. (2017). Writing as Righting: Truth and Reconciliation, Poetics, and New Geo-Graphing in Colonial Canada. The Canadian Geographer. 61:3. 306-318.
- de Leeuw, S. (2016). Tender Grounds: Intimate Visceral Violence and British Columbia’s Colonial Geographies. Political Geography. Special Issue on Violence.
- PhD, Queens, Cultural Historical Geography
- MA, UNBC, Interdisciplinary Studies (Geography & English)
- BFA, University of Victoria, Creative Writing