Kevin Jones, PhD, MA, BSocSc

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

Contact

Assistant Professor, Community Engagement and Public Policy, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
Email
k.e.jones@ualberta.ca
Address
5-27 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1

Email
k.e.jones@ualberta.ca

Availability
TBD

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

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


About

Dr. Kevin Jones is Assistant 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 focussing 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.

Dr. Jones joined the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) during the summer of 2020 moving from the Faculty of Extension where he was Assistant Professor from 2017-2020 supporting research and graduate education in the field of engagement studies. Previously Kevin was Director of the City-Region Studies Centre (CRSC) where he worked to grow and support urban and regional research at the University of Alberta, as well as to support local city-building conversations and the development of a vibrant community of practice. He was chair of Regional Planning Speakers Series, a contributor to the Curbtalks blog and Editor of Curb Magazine.  

Outside of the office, Kevin loves to be outside hiking and camping, or in the garden. He is an active volunteer with Prairie Urban Farm, and a member of the garden’s advisory board. You can find more information about PUF, including volunteer hours, market details and programmed events by visiting us at: https://www.facebook.com/prairieurbanfarm/ . Kevin also sits as a Director on the Board of the Edmonton and Area Land Trust, supporting the organization steward and protect natural spaces within the Edmonton Region.




Research

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
  • Social Constructionism and ANT
  • Sociology of Risk and the Environment
  • Urban and Cultural Geography
  • Public Engagement and Participatory Governance
  • Institutional Adaptation and Policy Change


Current Research Focus:

  • A study of intangible urban heritage, place-making and urban inclusion (with Edmonton Heritage Council).
  • Urban agriculture, community gardens and the politics of food security.
  • 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).


Primary Research Methodologies:

  • Mixed qualitative research methods, including interview, focus group and ethnographic approaches.
  • Publicly engaged research and participatory action research.
  • Thematic discourse analysis.




Teaching

In 2020/21 Dr Jones will be teaching:


MACE 551(597) - Engagement and Public Policy

This course explores the degree to which citizen engagement contributes to policy and governance adaptation, particularly in response to calls for governance innovations in the face of complex and persistent policy challenges (for instance as relates to sustainability or social justice).


R SOC 375 - Public Participation and Conflict Resolution

The anatomy of environmental and resource management conflict is examined through a lens of critical sociological theory and deliberative democracy. Focusing on contemporary case studies of conflict in energy production, forestry, conservation and protected areas management, social practices and strategies for conflict resolution are explored.


Currently Dr. Jones is currently (or recently) supervised graduate students working on topics including: urban climate change adaptation; collaborative green space planning; urban agriculture and inclusion; a study of new farmers and alternate forms of agriculture; and community-building and urban sustainability. If you are interested in working with Dr. Jones in your own graduate studies please feel free to send inquiries by email.


Courses

MACE 597 - Topics in Community Engagement

An elective course on selected topics in community engagement.

Winter Term 2021
R SOC 375 - Public Participation and Conflict Resolution

The anatomy of environmental and resource management conflict is examined through a lens of critical sociological theory and deliberative democracy. Focusing on contemporary case studies of conflict in energy production, forestry, conservation and protected areas management, social practices and strategies for conflict resolution are explored. Prerequisite: *54 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Kevin Jones