Rural Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Agriculture
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Academic Profile: Research Gate
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Project website: Energy Transitions in Canada
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Research Gate: Energy Transitions in Canada
Topics of current interest. May be taken for credit more than once. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.Fall Term 2020
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