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Chad Walker

University of Exeter
United Kingdom
Email: chadwalker.uwo [at] gmail [period/dot] com

Chad Walker (he/him) is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist with broad interests in low-carbon transitions. Recent research includes studying: the impact of environmental justice in shaping support for wind energy, the meaning of community wind energy, carbon pricing, and pathways for reconciliation and improved health via Indigenous-led and owned renewable energy. He is currently at the University of Exeter on the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Funded EnergyRev Project. His main task is to investigate user engagement, participation, and support for Smart Local Energy Systems.

Chad Walker’s website.

Publications

Book Chapters

Walker, C., Ryder, S., Roux, JP., Devine-Wright, P., & Chateau, Z. (Forthcoming). “Threats to energy democratization: Examining the structure of decision-making processes and new spheres of procedural (in)justice in energy transitions“. Democratizing Energy: Imaginaries, Transitions, Risks. Elsevier.

Sherry-Brennan, F., Walker, C., & Devine-Wright, P. (Forthcoming). “Transformations to low carbon energy infrastructures. Handbook of Contemporary Themes in Urban Landscape Architecture Research“. Routledge.

Dieleman, C., Walker, C., Pipher, D., & Peacock, H. (2019). “Challenges turning sustainability science into policy: A multi-disciplinary review.” Intellectual, Scientific and Educational Influences on Sustainability Research. IGI Global.

Walker, C. (2018). “Promoting qualitative research in the public sphere: Lessons learned from online criticisms.” The Craft of Qualitative Research. Canadian Scholar’s Press.

Mason, S., Walker, C., Baxter, J. & Luginaah, I. (2016). “Ethics and activism in environment and health research.” Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geography, 54-72. Routledge.

Journal Articles

Walker, C., Doucette, M.B., Rotz, S., Lewis, D., Tait Neufeld, H., & Castleden, H. (2021). “Non-Indigenous partner perspectives on Indigenous peoples’ involvement in renewable energy: Exploring reconciliation as relationships of accountability or status quo innocence?” Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management.

Mkandawire, P., Kangmennaang, J., Walker, C., Antabe, R., Atuoye, K. (2021). “Pregnancy intention and gestational age at first antenatal care visit in Lesotho.” African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

Walker, C. (2020). “Using the United States Wind Turbine Database to identify major development trends across four decades.” Energy and Power Engineering, 12 (7), 407-431.

Baxter, J., Walker, C., Ellis, G., Devine-Wright, P., Adams, M., & Smith-Fullerton, R. (2020). “Scale, history and justice in community wind energy: An empirical review.” Energy Research and Social Science, 68.

Walker, C. (2020). “Bill 4 and the removal of Cap and Trade: A case study of carbon pricing, climate change law and public participation in Ontario, Canada.” Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, 33(1), 35-72.

Bozhkov, E., Walker, C., McCourt, V., & Castleden, H. (2020). “Are the Natural Sciences Ready for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada? Exploring ‘Settler Readiness’ at a World-Class Freshwater Research Station.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Walker, C., Alexander, A., Doucette, MB, Lewis, D., Tait Neufeld, H., Martin, D., Masuda, J., Stefanelli, R., & Castleden, H. (2019). “Are the pens writing for justice? News media coverage on renewable energy involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada.” Energy Research and Social Science, 57, 101230.

Walker, C., & Baxter, J. (2019). “Method sequence and method dominance in mixed methods research: An empirical investigation using the social dynamics of wind energy literature.” International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 1-14.

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.

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 Medical Education, 18(1), 1-11.

Stefanelli, R., Walker, C., Kornelson, D., Lewis, D., Martin, D., Masuda, J., Richmond, C., Root, E., Tait Neufeld, H., & Castleden, H. (2018) “Renewable energy and energy autonomy: How Indigenous peoples in Canada are shaping and energy future.” Environmental Reviews, 27(1), 95-105.

Walker, C., 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, 13 (2), 110-129.

Walker, C., & Christidis, T. (2018) “Activists against research: Experiences studying wind energy in Ontario.” The Canadian Geographer, 62 (2), 282-287.

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.

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 and Planning 19(6), 754-768.

McRobert, D., Tennent-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, 7(2), 91-112.

Walker, C., Baxter, J., Mason, S., Luginaah, I., & Ouellette, D. (2015) “Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada.” AIMS Energy, 2 (2333-8334), 424-442.

Walker, C., Baxter, J., & Ouellette, D. (2015) “Adding Insult to Injury: The Development of Psychosocial Stress in Ontario Wind Turbine Communities.” Social Science & Medicine, 133, 358-365.

Walker, C., Baxter, J., & Ouellette, D. (2014) “Beyond rhetoric to understanding asymmetrical Impacts of wind turbine conflict in two Ontario, Canada communities“, Environment and Planning A, 46 (3), 730-745.

Other Publications

Walker, C. (2020). “Journalists covering Indigenous Peoples in renewable energy should focus on context and truth, not click-bait.” The Conversation. Published January 24, 2020.
• Republished in iPolitics (Canada) and Flipboard
• Readership of 4000+

Walker, C. (2020). “Working with people directly involved in Smart Local Energy Systems to identify successful ways to engage with users.” EnergyREV. Published February 27, 2020.

Walker, C. (2018). “Let’s create climate policy that will survive elections.” The Conversation. Published November 15 2018.
• Republished 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.

Walker, C and Baxter, J. (2017) “Toolkit for Turbines: Wind Energy Development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada.” A policy analysis report funded by the George Metcalf Foundation.

Walker, C. (2013). “Towards Greater Acceptance of Wind Energy: A Review of Community Benefit Models” a 20-page policy analysis report requested and funded by the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative (TREC) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA).”

Media Coverage

Chad Walker’s research on community wind energy. In: Corporate Knights: The Magazine for Clean Capitalism. Power of the people. November 12 2018.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: The Social: Western Social Science Magazine (Western University). Study says wind energy plans should generate more equitable benefits to neighbours. July 12 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: The Globe and Mail. Local planning, ensuring area benefits, key to wind-farm buy-in. April 14 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: TVO. The secret to securing local support for wind energy? Money and power. March 28 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: The Gazette: Western Studies. Community involvement is key for wind energy support, says Western study. March 21 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: CBC Radio, Morning Drive: Study shows wind farms can gain public support. March 8 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: Toronto Star. Local input crucial to adoption of wind farms. March 6 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: London Free Press. Turbine turmoil avoidable, study says. March 6 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: CBC News. Local planning, sharing benefits key to wind-farm buy-in, study finds. March 5 2017

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: CBC Radio: Afternoon Drive with Bob Steele (Audio interview). March 2 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. In: Canadian Press (via Metroland Media). Local involvement key to wind-farm buy-in: study. March 5 2017.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario, Canada. In: 106.9 The X, Article. “Wind farms raising health concerns” September 24th, 2014.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario, Canada. In: The Aylmer News. “Port Burwell Wind Turbine Study”. July 10, 2014.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario, Canada. In: The Londoner, Article. “Language require changing for meaningful turbine talk” May 26, 2014.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario, Canada. In: Western University – Media Relations. “Western University wind turbine study cuts through rhetoric”. May 21, 2014.

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario, Canada. In: London Free Press. “Western University researchers calling on governments and wind farm developers to avoid feeding war of words”. May 21, 2014

Chad Walker’s research on wind energy development in Ontario, Canada. In: AM980 News. “Western University Study Looks To Cut Down On Wind Turbine Rhetoric”. May 21, 2014. “