My name is Taqdir (Taq) Kaur Bhandal. I am a femme, person of colour and PhD Student at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia.  My parents immigrated to Metro Vancouver in the 1980s from Punjab, India and so I was born, live, and work on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples.

In official academic terms, I am interested in doing research and writing on the complex relations between political economies, global meta-narratives, decolonial and intersectional feminist perspectives, and our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Outside of my PhD, I volunteer with the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective which is a small, non-profit organization, resource centre, and community health clinic on Hastings Street.  I also work at the Soap Dispensary and Kitchen Staples, the first “zero waste” or low impact, bulk refill store. Overall I aim to live a career and life-style that balances research, teaching, creative writing, organizational skills, cooking (and eating of course!), sustainability, and community involvement.