Diandra Oliver

Previous Education:

Simon Fraser University, BA History (2004)

University of Northern British Columbia, MA Gender Studies (2011)
Research Project: Standing in the Way of Control: Me + Third-wave Feminism.   

Simon Fraser University, Certificate in Community Economic Development (2016)
Recipient: We are Better Together Award; $5000 Social Innovation Fund for Home Sweet Home Field School

Current Program: PhD Geography

Supervisor: Geoff Mann

Project: “Never send an adult to do a kid’s job”: Exploring geographies of youth unemployment in Vancouver, B.C.

Diandra Oliver is a writer and activist from the ancestral territories of Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations in Northwest, British Columbia. Growing up on mountains and in rivers, Diandra currently lives in Vancouver, B.C., where she is a co-founder of Vancouver’s first fat softball team, The Heavy Hitters, an ambassador for Fat Girls Hiking’s Vancouver Chapter, and a member of the Curvy Kili Crew — a group of awesome fat babes who are hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for International Women’s Day 2019. Her popular writing has been featured in Remedy Quarterly, Concrete Garden and Shameless Magazine, among others. She is currently working on a SSHRC funded PhD at SFU Geography that seeks to understand how unemployment statistics mask young people’s actual employment conditions in British Columbia. To cope with late capitalism and the ever-crushing patriarchy, Diandra spends much of her time outside.

Publications:

  • with Marli R. Bodhi. Paper plates: Northern British Columbia Food Trucks and the Rural Places They Hustle In. (Submitted), 2016
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: How international food policy might just feed a family of four. Our Schools, Ourselves. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2014
  • All of the Jobs I’ve Ever Had from the Perspective of My Cat(s)*. Our Schools, Ourselves. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2013
  • Mistakes I Didn’t Know I was Making. Feminism For REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial
  • Complex of Feminism. Jessica Yee, Ed. 2011: p137-148

Teaching:

  • TA, GEOG 221: Economic Geography (2016)
  • TM, SCD401: Social Enterprise (2016)
  • Lead Facilitator, Home Sweet Home Field School (2016)
  • Lead Facilitator, Small Technologies for Farm Businesses, Beyond the Market (2015)
  • Sessional Instructor, WMST209: Gender & Cultural Studies, UNBC (2013)
  • TA, HIST191: World History since 1550, UNBC (2008)
  • TA, WMST 100: Introduction to Women’s Studies (2007)