Jenna Drabble


Department of Geography, University of Manitoba
I completed a Master of Arts in Geography at the University of Manitoba in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda. While in this program, I developed an appreciation for the critical and place-based approach to analysis within social geography, and I was motivated to study the socio-spatial processes that shape the geographies of urban food environments. My thesis research took place in the Downtown Eastside community of Vancouver, where I worked alongside community activists and examined efforts to assert the right to food in the midst of an entrenched charitable food system and the increasing threat of gentrification and displacement on the low-income community.

From 2014-2016 I worked as a community coordinator for WestEnd Commons, a non-profit social housing project in Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood. Recently I began working on a research project with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives about women’s experiences of homelessness in Winnipeg and also work part-time as the Events and Engagement Coordinator at CCEDNet-MB. In my spare time, I do beekeeping with my partner and our friend in Sanford, MB and tend to our fledgling honey business.

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Contact: jenna.drabble(at)