Faculty/Lecturer Directory


John Parkins


Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

About Me

Job/Research Area

Rural Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Agriculture

Follow me on Twitter: @jrparkins


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests   

energy and society; energy transition; food security; sustainable agriculture; social impact assessment; natural resource management

Selected Recent Papers

Parkins, J.R., T.M. Beckley, L. Comeau, R.C. Stedman, C. Rollins and A. Kessler. Forthcoming. Can distrust enhance public engagement? Insights from a national survey on energy issues in Canada. Society & Natural Resources.

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

Adkin, L., L. Hanson, D. Kahane, J.R. Parkins and S. Patten. Forthcoming. Democratizing Environmental Policy-Making through Public Engagement: Comparative Case Studies from Alberta, Canada. Environmental Politics.

Parkins, J.R., M. Dunn, M.G. Reed and A.J. Sinclair. 2016. Forest governance as neoliberal strategy: A comparative case study of the Model Forest Program in Canada. Journal of Rural Studies 45: 270-278.

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. 

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.

McFarlane, B.L., J.R. Parkins and S. Romanowski. 2016. Expert perceptions of media reporting on a large-scale environmental risk issue: insights from mountain pine beetle management in Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46, 1-9.

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.

Major Projects

Re-imagining Energy Futures in Canada: Exploring Energy Landscapes, Energy Literacy and Cultural Implications of Energy Development. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant (2012-2016).

     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).