John Parkins

Professor, Department Chair, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology

Contact

Professor, Department Chair, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
Email
jparkins@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3610
Address
515 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1

Overview

About

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


Research

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


Courses

HECOL 550 - Selected Topics in Human Ecology

Topics of current interest. May be taken for credit more than once. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

Fall Term 2020
R SOC 515 - Quantitative Social Research Methods

Principles and practice of social research within environmental and natural resource sociology. Topics include survey research, evaluation research, data collection, multi-variable analysis, and report writing. Prerequisite: SOC 315 or equivalent.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Alberta’s Environmental Assessment System
Author(s): Hanna, K.S. and J.R. Parkins
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environmental Impact Assessment: Practice and Participation
Volume: Third Edition
Page Numbers: 325-339

Social impact assessment: A review of academic and practitioner perspectives and emerging approaches
Author(s): Parkins, J.R. and R.E. Mitchell
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environmental Impact Assessment: Practice and Participation
Volume: Third Edition
Page Numbers: 122-140

Transforming gender and food security in the global south
Author(s): Njuki, J., J. Parkins and A. Kaler. (eds.)
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Routledge
Page Numbers: 304
External Link: https://www.idrc.ca/en/book/transforming-gender-and-food-security-global-south
Citizen Perspectives on Energy Issues in Canada: A National Survey of Energy Literacy and Energy Citizenship
Author(s): Comeau, L. A., Parkins, J. R., Stedman, R. C., & Beckley, T. M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Volume: Project Report #15-01

Determinants of food security in Tanzania: Gendered dimensions of household headship and control of resources
Author(s): Mason, R.F., P. Ndlovu, J.R. Parkins and M.K. Luckert
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Agriculture and Human Values
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 539-549

Food, Donors and Dependency Syndrome(s) in South Sudan
Author(s): Kaler, A. and J.R. Parkins
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Sociology of Development
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 400-416

Food safety risks, disruptive events and alternative beef production: a case study of agricultural transition in Alberta
Author(s): Davidson, D.J., K.E. Jones and J.R. Parkins
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Agriculture and Human Values
Page Numbers: 1-13

Identifying energy discourses in Canada with Q methodology: Moving beyond the environment versus economy debates
Author(s): Parkins, J.R., C. Hempel, T.M. Beckley, K. Sherren and R.C. Stedman
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Environmental Sociology
Page Numbers: 1-11

Trust and skepticism in dynamic tension: Concepts and empirical refinements from research on the mountain pine beetle outbreak in Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Parkins, J.R. and B.L. McFarlane
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Human Ecology Review,
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 133-153

Views of the public and land managers on mountain pine beetle activity and management in western Alberta
Author(s): McFarlane, B.L., D.O.T. Watson and J.R. Parkins
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Information Report NOR-X-423

Culture and Food Security: A Case Study of Homestead Food Production in South Africa
Author(s): Trefry, A., J.R. Parkins and G. Cundill
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Food Security
Volume: 6
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 555-565

Social transformation in rural Canada: Community, Cultures and Collective Action
Author(s): Parkins. J.R. and M.G. Reed. (Editors)
Publication Date: 2013