John Parkins


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

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 

Webinar: Can people change in a day? Measuring impacts from public dialogue on EBM in Alberta. fRI Research – Healthy Landscapes Program Webinar Wednesdays, June 6, 2018.


Major Responsibilities / Research Interests   

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

Energy Transition

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.

Dairon, M., J.R. Parkins and K. Sherren. 2018. Seeking common ground in contested energy technology landscapes: Insights from a Q Methodology study. In J. Whitton, M. Cotton and K. Brasier (eds). Governing Shale Gas: Development, Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe (Chapter 17). Routledge.

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.

Dairon, M. S. Clare and J.R. Parkins. 2017. Participant engagement and data reliability with internet-based Q methodology: A cautionary tale. Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology 39(3): 1-14.

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

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. Forthcoming. Small-p Politics: Pleasurable, Convivial, and Pragmatic Civic Engagement in the Eat-Local Movement. British Journal of Sociology.

Adkin, L., L. Hanson, D. Kahane, J.R. Parkins and S. Patten. 2017. Democratizing Environmental Policy-Making through Public Engagement: Comparative Case Studies from Alberta, Canada. Environmental Politics, 26(2): 301-321.

Huddart-Kennedy, E., J. Johnston and J.R. Parkins. 2016. Food activists, consumer strategies, and the democratic imagination: Insights from eat-local movements. Journal of Consumer Culture. Online first.1-20.

Sustainable Agriculture

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. Forthcoming. Talking about time: temporality, causality and motivation for international faith-based humanitarian actors in South Sudan. British Journal of Sociology.

Mason, R., J.R. Parkins and A. Kaler. 2017. Gendered mobilities and food security: Exploring possibilities for human movement within hunger prone rural Tanzania. Agriculture and Human Values, 34: 423-434.

Shams, R., J.R. Parkins and B.M. Swallow. 2015. Socio-cultural dimensions of a Jackfruit - Burmese grape dominated agroforestry system in Bangladesh. International Journal of Development and Sustainability 4(6), 721-743.

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

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 Alberta. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, $199,730 (2017 – 2021). Collaborators: Anders (Alberta), Sherren (Dalhousie), Davidson (Alberta).

     Project site:

     Research Gate: Energy Transitions in Canada

Future Energy Systems 

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

Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Energy Transitions

Understanding holistic grazing management as science and practice in the context of climate change (Kate Sherren, Dalhousie, PI), Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant, (2015-2019).