Jeff Birchall, BA, BES, MES, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Phone
(780) 248-5758
Address
3-115 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Overview

About

My research centres around the theme coastal community climate resilience, which broadly explores how communities confront climate change and adapt to the emerging challenges imposed on them due to increases in temperature, more extreme weather events and a rise in sea level. In particular, my work explores the decision dynamics around climate change adaptation policies and actions, and is informed by institutional and resilience theory. My research focuses on coastal communities in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States.



Research

Local scale climate change impacts Local government climate change policy (mitigation and adaptation) Urban/ community climate resilience/ adaptation

Research interest:

Broadly speaking, my research is organized around the theme resilient cities and communities. In particular, research is divided into two programs: a) local government decision dynamics around carbon management (mitigation); and b) local government climate adaptation planning, which explores how coastal cities and communities confront climate change and adapt to the emerging challenges imposed on them due to increases in temperature, more extreme weather events and a rise in sea level.

Currently, my research program is focused on the motivations (slow v. immediate threats), extent (embedded v. appendage), actions (reactionary v. anticipatory) and nature (internal capacity) of planning for climate change adaptation in British Columbia coastal communities. This research is also informed by case studies in New Zealand and Australia, as well as Arctic Canada/US.


Courses

HGP 399 - Research Methods in Human Geography and Planning

Collection and analysis of data for social research in planning and human geography. Research design and sampling procedures. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are explored. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: Any three HGP courses or any three EAS X9X courses. Not available to students with credit in EAS 392.

Fall Term 2020
PLAN 598 - Advanced Research Methods and Analysis

Collection and analysis of data for social research in planning in northern and resource communities. Research design and sampling procedures. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are explored. Fieldwork may be required. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020

Scholarly Activities

Research - Coastal Community Climate Change Resilience - Arctic Coast

Started: 201805

Case studies include communities in Nunavut (Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Cape Dorset, Pond Inlet), NWT (Inuvik, Yellowknife), Alaska (Barrow)


Research - Coastal Community Climate Change Resilience - Atlantic Coast

Started: 201705

Case studies include communities in New Brunswick (St. John, Fredericton), Nova Scotia (New Glasgow, Sydney, Halifax), PEI (Charlottetown), Newfoundland (St. John's) and Iceland (Akranes, Akureyri, Selfoss)


Research - Coastal Community Climate Change Resilience - Pacific Coast

Started: 201606

Case studies include communities in British Columbia (Victoria, Comox Valley RD, Nanaimo RD, Surrey, North Vancouver, Delta) and Alaska (Nome, Homer, Juneau)


Research - International Thematic Network Lead - Local-scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience
New international network on climate change led by UAlberta scientist

Publications

Coastal climate adaptation planning and evolutionary governance: Insights from Homer, Alaska
Author(s): Birchall
Publication: Marine Policy