John Parkins

Professor, Department Chair

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

About Me

Academic Disciplines

Rural Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Agriculture

Social Media Content

Academic Profile: Research Gate

Follow me on Twitter: @jrparkins

Project website: Energy Transitions in Canada

Recent Talks

Podcast: interview with United Nations Association in Canada on topics of energy literacy, energy policy and energy transition to renewables, April 5, 2018 

Video: Energy transitions in Canada


Major Responsibilities / Research Interests   

energy and society; gender and food security; sustainable agriculture; public engagement; social impact assessment; natural resource management

Energy Transition

Sherren, K., Parkins, J. R., Owen, T., Terashima, M. 2019. Does noticing energy infrastructure influence public support for energy development? Evidence from a national survey in Canada. Energy Research & Social Science, 51, 176-186.

Parkins, J.R., C. Rollins, S. Anders, L. Comeau. 2018. Predicting intention to adopt solar technology in Canada: The role of knowledge, public engagement, and visibility. Energy Policy, 114: 114-122.

Chen, Y. J.R. Parkins and K. Sherren. 2018. Using geo-tagged Instagram posts to reveal landscape values around current and proposed hydroelectric dams and their reservoirs. Landscape and Urban Planning, 170: 283–292.

Parkins, J.R., T.M. Beckley, L. Comeau, R.C. Stedman, C. Rollins and A. Kessler. 2017. Can distrust enhance public engagement? Insights from a national survey on energy issues in Canada. Society & Natural Resources, 30(8): 934-948.

Parkins, J. R., Hempel, C., Beckley, T. M., Stedman, R. C., & Sherren, K. 2015. Identifying energy discourses in Canada with Q methodology: moving beyond the environment versus economy debates. Environmental Sociology 1(4), 304-314.

Public Participation

Nenko, A., J.R. Parkins, M.G. Reed, A.J. Sinclair. 2019. Rethinking effective public engagement in sustainable forest governance. Society & Natural Resources, 32 (12), 1383-1398

Nenko, A. J.R. Parkins, M.G. Reed. 2019. Indigenous experiences with public advisory committees in Canadian forest management. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 49: 331–338.

Salomons, G. and J.R. Parkins. 2018. The economic and political context of climate policy in Alberta. In Hanson, L. (ed), p. 83-107. Public deliberation on climate change. Athabasca University Press.

Huddart Kennedy, E. J. Johnston and J.R. Parkins. 2018. Small-p Politics: Pleasurable, Convivial, and Pragmatic Civic Engagement in the Eat-Local Movement. British Journal of Sociology 69 (3):670-690.

Sustainable Agriculture

Bassi, E., J.R. Parkins, K. Caine. 2019. Situating emotions in social practices: Empirical insights from animal husbandry in the cow-calf industry. Sociologia Ruralis 59 (2): 275-293.

Kessler, A., J.R. Parkins, and E. Huddart-Kennedy. 2016. Contested discourses of sustainability in the beef industry: Understanding narratives of environmental stewardship in the face of climate change. Rural Sociology 81 (2), 172-193.

Davidson, D.J., K.E. Jones and J.R. Parkins. 2016. Food safety risks, disruptive events and alternative beef production: a case study of agricultural transition in Alberta. Agriculture and Human Values, 33: 359-371.

International Development

Kaler, A. and J.R. Parkins. 2018. Talking about time: temporality, causality and motivation for international faith-based humanitarian actors in South Sudan. British Journal of Sociology 69(4):1313-1336.

Chechina, M., Y. Neveuxa. J.R. Parkins and A. Hamann. 2018. Balancing Conservation and Livelihoods: A Study of Forest-dependent Communities in the Philippines. Conservation and Society 16 (4), 420-430.

Njuki, J., J.R. Parkins and A. Kaler (Editors). 2016. Transforming gender and food security in the Global South. New York: Routledge (11 Chapters).

Social Impact Assessment

Hanna, K., E. McGuigan, B. Noble, J. Parkins. 2019. An analysis of the state of impact assessment knowledge for alternative power production. Energy Research & Social Sciences. 50, 116-128.

Sherren, K., J.R. Parkins, M. Smit, M. Holmlund, Y. Chen. 2017. Digital archives, big data and image-based culturomics for social impact assessment: Opportunities and challenges. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 67: 23-30.

Hanna, K.S. and J.R. Parkins. 2016. Alberta’s Environmental Assessment System. In Hanna (editor), Environmental Impact Assessment: Practice and Participation (Third Edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press. pp. 325-339.

Parkins, J.R. and R.E. Mitchell. 2016. Social impact assessment: A review of academic and practitioner perspectives and emerging approaches. In K.S. Hanna (ed.) Environmental Impact Assessment: Practice and Participation (Third Edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press. pp. 122-140.

Major Projects

Imagination, expectation and deliberation: Pathways to wind energy landscape transitions in AlbertaSocial Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, $199,730 (2017 – 2021). Collaborators: Anders (Alberta), Sherren (Dalhousie), Davidson (Alberta).

     Project site: Energy Transitions in Canada: Exploring the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of changing energy landscapes

     Research Gate: Energy Transitions in Canada

Future Energy Systems

Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Energy Transitions

Socio-­economic Roadmaps to Commercial Geothermal Energy Production in W. Canada