Dr Chad Walker
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Chad Walker is 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, he has 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.
Chad has 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, the team is working toward “providing evidence to overcome challenges associated with scaling up local energy markets to stimulate market uptake”. His 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
Can be found here.
Walker, C. (2020). Journalists covering Indigenous Peoples in renewable energy should focus on context and truth, not click-bait. The Conversation. Published January 2020.
- Readership of 4000+
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 2500+
Walker, C. (2017). The need for community-based approaches to wind energy. Municipal World Magazine. Published August 2017.
Research coverage (selected):
London Free Press. Turbine turmoil avoidable, study says. March 6 2017.
PhD, Western University (Geography, Environment & Sustainability)
MA, Western University (Geography, Environment & Sustainability)
BA, Bowling Green State University (Environmental Policy & Analysis)
Research group links
Energy policy, climate/environmental policy, rural geography, environmental studies, environmental hazards & human health, smart energy systems, low-carbon transitions