Faculty/Lecturer Directory


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


Major Responsibilities / Research Interests   

energy and society; energy transition; 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. S. Clare and J.R. Parkins. Forthcoming. Participant engagement and data reliability with internet-based Q methodology: A cautionary tale. Operant Subjectivity.

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.

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.

Sherren, K., T.M. Beckley, J.R. Parkins, R.C. Stedman, K. Keilty, I. Morin. 2016. Learning (or living) to love the landscapes of hydroelectricity. Energy Research and Social Science 14, 102-110. 

Dairon, M. J.R. Parkins and K. Sherren. Forthcoming. Seeking common ground in contested energy industry landscapes: A policy application of Q Methodology. 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. Routledge.

Public Participation

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.

Solomons, G. and J.R. Parkins. Forthcoming. Context for public deliberation on climate policy in Alberta. In Hanson, L. (ed). Climate Dialogue in Alberta. Athabasca University Press.

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: www.energytransitions.ca

     Research Gate: Energy Transitions in Canada

The Role of Communities in Collaborative Forest Governance in Canada: Contributing to Theory and Practice through Comparative Study (Maureen Reed, PI). Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant (2012-2016).

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).