Dr. Chad Walker

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Chad is a white settler who was raised in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa (now St. Thomas, Ontario). He has come to Queen’s to join the A SHARED Future project as a Postdoctoral Fellow. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis at Bowling Green State University in 2010, Chad went on to Western University where he completed his MA and PhD degrees in Geography (Environment and Sustainability) under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Baxter. As a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, he studied wind energy policy and local development outcomes in non-indigenous rural communities in Ontario and Nova Scotia. His expertise in renewable energy policy and development, and passion for environmental justice will be well served in his role within the HEC Lab- where he will work with Dr. Heather Castleden to study Indigenous leadership in renewable energy development within Canada.

Journal Publications:

1.  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.

2.  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, 1-15.

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

4.  Walker, C., Baxter, J., Mason, S., Luginaah, I & Ouellette, D. (2015) Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada. AIMS Energy.

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

6.  Walker, C., Baxter, J. and Ouellette, D. (2014) Beyond rhetoric to understanding asymmetrical Impacts of wind turbine conflict in two Ontario, Canada communities, Environment and Planning A.

Book Chapters:

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

2.  Mason, S., Walker, C., Baxter, J. and Luginaah, I. (2016) “Ethics and activists in environment and health research” Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geography. Routledge.

Publications Under Review:

1.  Walker, C., Mason, S., & Bednar, D. (Under review) Sustainable development and environmental injustice in rural Ontario, Canada: Case studies of wind energy and biosolid processing. Journal of Rural and Community Development.

2.  Walker, C., Baxter, J. (Under review). Sequence and method dominance in mixed-method research: An empirical investigation using the social dynamics of wind energy literature. Qualitative Research.

3.  Mkandawire, P., Kangmennaang, J., Walker, C., Antabe, R., Mason, S., Atuoye, K., Luginaah, L. (Under review). Pregnancy intention and gestational age at first antenatal care visit in Lesotho. Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Other publications:

1.  Walker, C. (August 2017). The need for community-based approaches to wind energy. Municipal World Magazine.

2.  Walker, C. (2017) “Toolkits for Turbines: A Working Paper Looking at Wind Energy Siting in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada”. A policy analysis report funded by the George Metcalf Foundation.

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

Recent Conference Presentations:

1.  Walker, C. (2017) “It’s easy to throw rocks at a corporation”: wind energy development and distributive justice in Canada, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA.

2.  Walker, C. (2016) “By the time neighbours find out, it’s a sure thing!” – Wind Energy and Procedural Justice in Canada. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

3.  Walker, C. (2015) “The Conservatives actually brought forward green energy!”, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

4.  Walker, C., & Baxter, J. (2015). Health as a driving force: Theories describing Ontario’s wind turbine resistance movement. Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy Workshop. Picton, ON.

5.  Walker, C. (2015) Controlling the Future of Green Energy, 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Western University, London, ON. (finalist)

Media and Interviews:

1.  CBC Radio, Morning Drive: Study shows wind farms can gain public support. March 8 2017.

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

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

4.  CBC Radio: Afternoon Drive with Bob Steele (Audio interview). March 2 2017.

5.  Canadian Press (via Metroland Media). Local involvement key to wind-farm buy-in: study. March 5 2017. 106.9 The X, Article. “Wind farms raising health concerns” September 24th, 2014.

6.  The Aylmer News. “Port Burwell Wind Turbine Study”. July 10, 2014.

7.  The Londoner, Article. “Language require changing for meaningful turbine talk” May 26, 2014.

8.  Western University – Media Relations. “Western University wind turbine study cuts through rhetoric”. May 21, 2014.

9.  London Free Press. “Western University researchers calling on governments and wind farm developers to avoid feeding war of words”. May 21, 2014

10.  AM980 News. “Western University Study Looks To Cut Down On Wind Turbine Rhetoric”. May 21, 2014.