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Dr Chad Walker

Dr Chad Walker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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 Amory C255

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

Overview

Hello there! I am an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist with broad interests in low-carbon transitions. Recent research endeavours include studying the impact of environmental justice and partisanship in shaping support for Canadian wind energy development, critically investigating the meaning of community wind energy, public participation and carbon pricing in Ontario (Canada), and using diverse methodologies — including Community-Based Participatory Research — to better understand reconciliation, autonomy, and pathways for improved health via Indigenous-led and owned renewable energy development in Canada (see A SHARED Future). Through these projects and others, I have used a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches. Such work has spurred a keen interest in methodological questions surrounding the ways we think about and practice mixed methods.

I have landed at the University of Exeter to work with Professor Patrick Devine-Wright on the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund[ed] EnergyRev Project. As a diverse team of scientists and social scientists, we are working toward “providing evidence to overcome challenges associated with scaling up local energy markets to stimulate market uptake”. My main contribution will be to investigate user engagement and support for smart local energy systems (e.g. integrating renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging networks).  

Broad research specialisms:

Low-carbon transitions, renewable energy policy and development, Indigenous energy autonomy, environmental policy, rural geography, health geography

Media articles:

Walker, C.(2018). Let’s create climate policy that will survive elections.The Conversation. Published November 2018.

  • Re-published in National Post, iPolitics (Canada), and MENAFN
  • Readership of 2150+

Walker, C. (2017). The need for community-based approaches to wind energyMunicipal World Magazine. Published August 2017. 

Research coverage (selected):

Corporate Knights: The Magazine for Clean Capitalism. Power of the people. November 2018. 

The Social: Western Social Science Magazine (Western University). Study says wind energy plans should generate more equitable benefits to neighbours. July 2017. 

The Globe and Mail. Local planning, ensuring area benefits, key to wind-farm buy-in. April 2017.

TVO. The secret to securing local support for wind energy? Money and power. March 2017. 

CBC Radio, Morning Drive: Study shows wind farms can gain public support. March  2017. 

Toronto Star. Local input crucial to adoption of wind farms.March  2017.

London Free Press. Turbine turmoil avoidable, study says. March 6 2017. 

CBC News. Local planning, sharing benefits key to wind-farm buy-in, study finds.March 5 2017.

CBC Radio: Afternoon Drive with Bob Steele (Audio interview). March  2017.  

Canadian Press (via Metroland Media). Local involvement key to wind-farm buy-in: study.March 5 2017. 

The Londoner, Article. “Language require changing for meaningful turbine talk”. May 2014.

London Free Press. “Western University researchers calling on governments and wind farm developers to avoid feeding war of words”. May 2014

AM980 News. “Western University Study Looks To Cut Down On Wind Turbine Rhetoric”. May 2014. 

Qualifications

PhD, Western University (Geography, Environment and Sustainability)

MA, Western University (Geography, Environment and Sustainability)

BA, Bowling Green State University (Environmental Policy and Analysis)

 

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Walker C, Alexander A, Doucette MB, Lewis D, Tait Neufeld H, Martin D, Masuda J, Steffanelli R, Castleden H (2019). Are the pens working for justice? News media coverage of renewable energy involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Energy Research and Social Science, 57
Walker C, Baxter J (2019). Method Sequence and Dominance in Mixed Methods Research: a Case Study of the Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Literature. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 18 Author URL.
Stefanelli RD, Walker C, Kornelsen D, Lewis D, Martin DH, Masuda J, Richmond CAM, Root E, Neufeld HT, Castleden H, et al (2019). Renewable energy and energy autonomy: how Indigenous peoples in Canada are shaping an energy future. ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, 27(1), 95-105. Author URL.
Walker C, Stephenson L, Baxter J (2018). "His main platform is 'stop the turbines' ": Political discourse, partisanship and local responses to wind energy in Canada. ENERGY POLICY, 123, 670-681. Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J (2017). "It's easy to throw rocks at a corporation": wind energy development and distributive justice in Canada. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING, 19(6), 754-768. Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J (2017). Procedural justice in Canadian wind energy development: a comparison of community-based and technocratic siting processes. ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE, 29, 160-169. Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Walker C, Alexander A, Doucette MB, Lewis D, Tait Neufeld H, Martin D, Masuda J, Steffanelli R, Castleden H (2019). Are the pens working for justice? News media coverage of renewable energy involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Energy Research and Social Science, 57
Walker C, Baxter J (2019). Method Sequence and Dominance in Mixed Methods Research: a Case Study of the Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Literature. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 18 Author URL.
Stefanelli RD, Walker C, Kornelsen D, Lewis D, Martin DH, Masuda J, Richmond CAM, Root E, Neufeld HT, Castleden H, et al (2019). Renewable energy and energy autonomy: how Indigenous peoples in Canada are shaping an energy future. ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, 27(1), 95-105. Author URL.
Walker C, Stephenson L, Baxter J (2018). "His main platform is 'stop the turbines' ": Political discourse, partisanship and local responses to wind energy in Canada. ENERGY POLICY, 123, 670-681. Author URL.
Walker C, Christidis T (2018). Activists against research: Experiences studying wind energy in Ontario. CANADIAN GEOGRAPHER-GEOGRAPHE CANADIEN, 62(2), 282-287. Author URL.
Yeung S, Bombay A, Walker C, Denis J, Martin D, Sylvestre P, Castleden H (2018). Predictors of medical student interest in Indigenous health learning and clinical practice: a Canadian case study. BMC Med Educ, 18(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Walker CJR, Mason S, Bednar D (2018). Sustainable Development and Environmental Injustice in Rural Ontario, Canada: Cases of Wind Energy and Biosolid Processing. Journal of Rural and Community Development
Walker C, Baxter J (2017). "It's easy to throw rocks at a corporation": wind energy development and distributive justice in Canada. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING, 19(6), 754-768. Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J (2017). Procedural justice in Canadian wind energy development: a comparison of community-based and technocratic siting processes. ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE, 29, 160-169. Author URL.
McRobert D, Tennett-Riddell J, Walker C (2016). Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act: Why a Well-Intentioned Law is Mired in Controversy and Opposed by Rural Communities. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review
Walker C, Baxter J, Ouellette D (2015). Adding insult to injury: the development of psychosocial stress in Ontario wind turbine communities. Soc Sci Med, 133, 358-365. Abstract.  Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J, Ouellette D (2014). Beyond rhetoric to understanding determinants of wind turbine support and conflict in two Ontario, Canada communities. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A, 46(3), 730-745. Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J, Mason S, Luginaah I, Ouellette D (2014). Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada. AIMS Energy, 2(4), 424-442.

Chapters

Dieleman C, Walker CJR, Pipher D, Peacock H (2019). Challenges turning sustainability science into policy: a multi-disciplinary review. In Turvey R, Kurissery S (Eds.) Intellectual, Scientific and Educational Influences on Sustainability Research.
Mason S, Walker C, Baxter J, Luginaah I (2018). Ethics and activists in environment and health research. In Fenton N, Baxter J (Eds.) Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geography, Routledge.
Walker C (2018). Promoting qualitative research in the public sphere: Lessons learned from online criticisms. In Kleinknecht S, van den Scott L-J, Sanders C (Eds.) The Craft of Qualitative Research.

Publications by year


2019

Walker C, Alexander A, Doucette MB, Lewis D, Tait Neufeld H, Martin D, Masuda J, Steffanelli R, Castleden H (2019). Are the pens working for justice? News media coverage of renewable energy involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Energy Research and Social Science, 57
Dieleman C, Walker CJR, Pipher D, Peacock H (2019). Challenges turning sustainability science into policy: a multi-disciplinary review. In Turvey R, Kurissery S (Eds.) Intellectual, Scientific and Educational Influences on Sustainability Research.
Walker C, Baxter J (2019). Method Sequence and Dominance in Mixed Methods Research: a Case Study of the Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Literature. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 18 Author URL.
Stefanelli RD, Walker C, Kornelsen D, Lewis D, Martin DH, Masuda J, Richmond CAM, Root E, Neufeld HT, Castleden H, et al (2019). Renewable energy and energy autonomy: how Indigenous peoples in Canada are shaping an energy future. ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, 27(1), 95-105. Author URL.

2018

Walker C, Stephenson L, Baxter J (2018). "His main platform is 'stop the turbines' ": Political discourse, partisanship and local responses to wind energy in Canada. ENERGY POLICY, 123, 670-681. Author URL.
Walker C, Christidis T (2018). Activists against research: Experiences studying wind energy in Ontario. CANADIAN GEOGRAPHER-GEOGRAPHE CANADIEN, 62(2), 282-287. Author URL.
Mason S, Walker C, Baxter J, Luginaah I (2018). Ethics and activists in environment and health research. In Fenton N, Baxter J (Eds.) Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geography, Routledge.
Yeung S, Bombay A, Walker C, Denis J, Martin D, Sylvestre P, Castleden H (2018). Predictors of medical student interest in Indigenous health learning and clinical practice: a Canadian case study. BMC Med Educ, 18(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Walker C (2018). Promoting qualitative research in the public sphere: Lessons learned from online criticisms. In Kleinknecht S, van den Scott L-J, Sanders C (Eds.) The Craft of Qualitative Research.
Walker CJR, Mason S, Bednar D (2018). Sustainable Development and Environmental Injustice in Rural Ontario, Canada: Cases of Wind Energy and Biosolid Processing. Journal of Rural and Community Development

2017

Walker C, Baxter J (2017). "It's easy to throw rocks at a corporation": wind energy development and distributive justice in Canada. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING, 19(6), 754-768. Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J (2017). Procedural justice in Canadian wind energy development: a comparison of community-based and technocratic siting processes. ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE, 29, 160-169. Author URL.

2016

McRobert D, Tennett-Riddell J, Walker C (2016). Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act: Why a Well-Intentioned Law is Mired in Controversy and Opposed by Rural Communities. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review

2015

Walker C, Baxter J, Ouellette D (2015). Adding insult to injury: the development of psychosocial stress in Ontario wind turbine communities. Soc Sci Med, 133, 358-365. Abstract.  Author URL.

2014

Walker C, Baxter J, Ouellette D (2014). Beyond rhetoric to understanding determinants of wind turbine support and conflict in two Ontario, Canada communities. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A, 46(3), 730-745. Author URL.
Walker C, Baxter J, Mason S, Luginaah I, Ouellette D (2014). Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada. AIMS Energy, 2(4), 424-442.

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Teaching

Energy policy, climate/environmnetal policy, rural geography, environmental studies, environmental hazards & human health, smart energy systems, low-carbon transitions

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