Welcome to our research pages, highlighting the social context of energy transition in Canada. This site is hosted by Professor John Parkins, at the University of Alberta. It summarizes the work of our research team, with evolving research relationships based on current projects and sources of funding. 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.

What’s New?

  • Holowach, M. and J.R. Parkins. 2023. Unraveling the link between political polarization and wind energy perspectives: Insights from a survey of agricultural landowners in Alberta, Canada. Energy & Environment.
  • Chewinski, M, S. Anders and J.R. Parkins. 2023. Agricultural Landowner Perspectives on Wind Energy Development in Alberta, Canada: Insights from the Lens of Energy Justice and Democracy. Environmental Sociology.
  • Miller, A., & Parkins, J. 2023. Contending With Equity Ownership In Indigenous Renewable Energy Projects in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Rural and Community Development
  • Assessing motivations and barriers to renewable energy development: Insights from a survey of municipal decision-makers in Alberta, Canada – Energy Reports
  • Parkins, J.R., Anders, S., Meyerhoff, J., Holowach, M. 2022. Landowner acceptance of wind turbines on their land: Insights from a factorial survey experiment. Land Economics


Our work is happening at a national scale, as well as detailed cases  on wind energy in Alberta, and emerging areas of focus on the role of co-operatives for renewable energy development in Canada. This site provides overviews and outputs from our work in a variety of formats.


Pathways to energy democracy in Canada. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, $338,000 (2023 – 2027). PI: Parkins (Alberta). Co-applicants: MacArthur (Royal Roads), Boucher and Pigeon (Saskatchewan), Marcoul and Banack (Alberta).

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)