Phd, University of Ottawa
MA, University of Victoria
BA (Hons, Co-op), University of Victoria
Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe grew up on Coast Salish territory in British Columbia, BC. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa with a focus on community development and environmental sustainability. She is a Co-Founder of the FERN (Feminist Environmental Research Network) Collaborative and has published in journals including New Political Science, Citizenship Studies and Studies in Social Justice. She is the author of Life against States of Emergency: Revitalizing Treaty Relations from Attawapiskat with UBC Press, 2023. Her book Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley (2016) with UBC Press won the Charles Taylor Book Award (2017) and examines policy responses to the impact of pollution on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation's environmental health. Alongside Dr. Jennifer Lawrence (Virginia Tech), she is the Co-Editor of Biopolitical Disaster and along with Dr. Leah Levac (Guelph), the Co-Editor of Creating Spaces of Engagement: Policy Justice and the Practical Craft of Deliberative Democracy. At the intersections of environmental justice and citizen engagement, her teaching and research interests emphasize political ecology, policy justice and deliberative dialogue. As a collaborative researcher and filmmaker, she worked with Indigenous communities on sustainability-themed films including To Fish as Formerly. She is currently collaborating with artists from Attawapiskat on a project entitled Reimagining Attawapiskat funded through a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Sarah is also a Co-Director for the Seascape Indigenous Storytelling Studio, funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant with research partners from the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia and coastal Indigenous communities.
Select Grants & Awards
Michael Smith Health Research BC, Convening and Collaborating Grant, "A Hot Topic: Defining Vulnerability, Capturing Resilience and Learning Lessons to Support Vulnerable Groups Adapt and
Respond to Extreme Weather in Victoria's Capital Regional District."
SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant, "Feeling the Heat of B.C.'s Climate Emergency: Co-Creating Equity-Informed Emergency Planning and Climate Policy with Affected Communities to Address Extreme Heat Exposures in the Capital Regional District."
UVic Centre for Global Studies Faculty Research Fellow
2017 Charles Taylor Book Award
SSHRC Insight Grant
SSHRC Insight Development Grant
SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowship