Samantha Thompson

Program: MA

Supervisor: Eugene McCann

Previous Education:

B.A. (with Distinction), History, Simon Fraser University

Certificate in Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University

A.A., Global Stewardship, Capilano University

Research: Urban Geographies of Home

I am really passionate about urban geography, and approaching urban issues from a critical, intersectional, feminist perspective, particularly: housing, the politics of place, and how women’s ability to carry out their everyday lives within the urban built environment is shaped and impacted by intersecting political processes.

Currently I am using a critical feminist framework to examine our understandings of home within an urban context. I am interested in exploring the conceptual and political importance of a focus on the practices and politics of producing home, and how shifting understandings of social reproduction are impacting the relationship between home production, care work, and the surrounding neighbourhood where people engage with their communities. This research is focused on alternative low-income housing sites in Vancouver, Canada.

While housing crises typically focus on the exchange value of housing as a form and a commodity, housing’s use value, as a home, is formative to our everyday lives, and therefore needs to be included in housing discourse. Home is a place that holds the potential as a site for identity construction, safety, shelter, resistance, and social reproduction. Our relationship to home is complex, fluid, and shaped by our lived experiences, and while notions of the home are often idealized, it is necessary to problematize conceptions of what home means, and for whom: especially acknowledging heteronormative, patriarchal and nuclear family ideals that dominate many of the narratives.

I acknowledge that my research and education occurs on unceded Coast Salish land, on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. It is important to do so because in recognizing the land we are on, we acknowledge that the land was stolen from these First Nations by settler colonizers, and as such these remain Indigenous lands.