Welcome to our research pages, highlighting the social context of energy transition in Canada. This site summarizes the work of our research team, centered at the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University but including research partners at other institutions. We provide information on new and old projects, research articles, reports, media interviews, infographics and other materials that we use to communicate research results and promote energy transition in Canada.
- New infographics available for wind project proponents, regulators and rural landowners and communities, addressing barriers and opportunities to enhance wind power development in Alberta
- New ‘Energy Transitions in Canada‘ YouTube Channel with links to recent conference presentations
- New report: Assessing Barriers to Renewable Energy Development in Alberta: Evidence from a Survey on Wind Energy with Rural Landowners. Project Report 20-01, University of Alberta
- New paper: Climax thinking, place attachment, and utilitarian landscapes: Implications for wind energy development. Landscape and Urban Planning, 199, 103802.
- Global TV: More visible panels could be key to solar energy sell, September 11, 2018
- Podcast: Interview with United Nations Association in Canada on topics of energy literacy, energy policy and energy transition to renewables.
Our work is happening at a national scale, as well as detailed cases in Peace River, AB, Mactaquac, NB, and Southern Ontario. This site provides overviews and outputs from that work in a variety of formats.
- Video summary of national survey on energy literacy and energy preferences in Canada
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). PI: Parkins (Alberta). Collaborators: Anders (Alberta), Sherren (Dalhousie), Davidson (Alberta)
Exploring and transforming a cultural imaginary of energy development in Canada. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, $380,190 (2012-2016), PI: Parkins (Alberta). Collaborators: Beckley (UNB), Sherren (Dalhousie), Hempel (Guelph), Stedman (Cornell)