Kevin Jones, PhD, MA, BSocSc

Associate Professor, Community Engagement and Public Policy, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology


Associate Professor, Community Engagement and Public Policy, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
T6G 2H1




Area of Study / Keywords

Public Engagement with Science; Risk Governance; Governance Change; Collaborative City-Building; Scholarship of Engagement


Dr. Kevin Jones is Associate Professor of Community Engagement and Public Policy.

Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary social scientist researching adaptations to the social and environmental challenges which increasingly define today’s world. His research explores pathways to transformative change focusing on processes of institutional and governance innovation. A central element of this work involves the role of public expertise and citizenship engagement as prompts for reflexivity and for opening-up risk issues to more robust governance approaches.


Below is a brief overview of Dr. Jones's current research interests and activities. Further information can be found on his Research Gate and Google Scholar profile pages.

Scholarly Areas of Research:

  • Science and Technology Studies, Public Understanding of Science
  • Sociology of Risk and the Environment
  • Urban Sustainability and Inclusion
  • Public Engagement and Participatory Governance
  • Institutional Adaptation and Policy Change

Current Research Focus:

  • Urban agriculture, community gardens and the politics of food security.
  • A study of craft development as an alternate for community development and sustainable place-making.
  • A study of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), environmental change and community participation (W/ Davidson and Stewart).
  • A study of new farmers joining the agricultural community in relation to small scale, locally oriented and sustainable farming practices (W/ Beckie and Young Agrarians).

Some sample publications are included below.


Graduate Supervision

Dr. Jones is currently supervising graduate students working on topics including: urban sustainability; participatory urbanism; urban agriculture and community gardening; and citizen engagement in environmental governance. Alongside supervisory activities in REES, Dr. Jones accepts graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts Community Engagement (MACE) program within the School of Public Health.If you are interested in working with Dr. Jones in your own graduate studies please feel free to send inquiries by email.


Reimagining craft for community development.

Author(s): Jones KE, Van Assche K and Parkins J
Publication Date: 6/11/2021
Publication: Local Environment
Volume: 26
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 908-920
DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1939289

Place and community responses to opportunity: An example from nanoscience innovation.

Author(s): Shields R and Jones KE
Publication Date: 10/13/2020
Publication: Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Page Numbers: 1-15
DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2020.1822154

Urban agriculture in the making or gardening as epistemology

Author(s): Granzow M and Jones KE
Publication Date: 4/24/2020
Publication: Local Environment
Volume: 25
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 381-396
DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2020.1753666

Urban virtues and the innovative city: An experiment in placing innovation in Edmonton, Canada

Author(s): Jones KE, Granzow M and Shields R
Publication Date: 3/1/2019
Publication: Urban Studies
Volume: 56
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 705-721
DOI: 10.1177/0042098017719191

The road to here: Placing community within western Canada’s resource landscape

Author(s): Macmahon E, Granzow M and Jones KE
Publication Date: 11/23/2016
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 92-103
DOI: 10.17742/IMAGE.NBW.7-1.7

Food safety risks, disruptive events and alternative beef production: A case study of agricultural transition in Alberta

Author(s): Davidson D, Jones KE and Parkins J
Publication Date: 6/1/2016
Publication: Agriculture and Human Values
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 359-371
DOI: 10.1007/s10460-015-9609-8

City-Regions in prospect? Exploring points between place and practice

Author(s): Jones KE, Lord A, and Shields R
Publication Date: 11/1/2015
Publication: MQUP
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Adapting to food safety crises: Interpreting success and failure in the Canadian response to BSE

Author(s): Jones KE and Davidson D
Publication Date: 12/1/2014
Publication: Food Policy
Volume: 49
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 250-258
DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2014.09.003

The good, the bad and the perfect: Criticizing engagement practice

Author(s): Irwin A, Jensen T and Jones KE
Publication Date: 2/1/2013
Publication: Social Studies of Science
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 118-135
DOI: 10.1177/0306312712462461