de Leeuw, Dr. Sarah

Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
PhD Cultural Historical Geography, (Queen's University at Kingston - 2007), MA Interdisciplinary Studies in Geography and English (UNBC), BFA Creative Writing (University of Victoria) Professor, Northern Medical Program and Geography Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities Adjunct Professor, Geography
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  • Prince George


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.

Research Fields:
  • Community
  • Culture
  • First Nations
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Geography
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • History
Areas of Expertise:

Anti-colonial theory; health inequities; northern rural and remote health; critical health humanities; feminist theory

Selected Publications

Curriculum Vitae

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