Jamie Baxter

Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)

Jamie Baxter

Contact Information

Office: Room 1407, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 81241
E-mail: jamie.baxter@uwo.ca

Research Areas

Social construction of risk, community responses to technological hazards, renewable energy policy, noxious facility siting, and methodology

Research Interests

I am a social scientist interested in a variety of topics including: environmental risks from hazards, community responses to technological hazards, environmental inequities, environment and health, geography of health, noxious facility siting, and methodology.


GEO 2152 – Geography of Hazards

GEO 3432 – Environmental Hazards and Human Health

GEO 9108 – Qualitative Methods

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students

  • D. Babicki (Current) Eco-districts and energy consumption
  • A. Byrne (Current) All Hands at the Table: Exploring Rural and Urban Coastal Foodscapes in Newfoundland
  • C. Mang Benza (Current) Meeting energy needs in an energy scarce community
  • C. Walker (2017)Wind Turbine Risks and Politics in Canada
  • L. Deacon (2010) Environmental Justice in Canada: A Media and Case-Study Analysis)
  • R. Hirsch) (2010) Pesticide Policy Preference and Risk Perception in Canada: A Case Comparison in the Neighbourhood Context)
  • D. Stiller (2002) Overcoming benign neglect: The evolution of federal and Montana policies toward abandoned hardrock mines and the environment
    University of Calgary

Masters Students

  • P. Grewal(Current) Community-based renewable energy development
  • S. Wilson (Current) Communities around renewable energy projects
  • O. Ladele (joint-supervised) (2020) Food waste avoidance and food/organic collection programs
  • J. Fuller (2019) Social influences on decision making for hybrid-electric and electric vehicle purchases
  • C. Mang Benza (2018) Upgraded from Masters Program to PhD Program
  • C. Warring (2018) The uphill battle of environmental technologies: Analysis of local discourses on the acceptance and resistance of Green Bin programs
  • S. Da Rosa Holmes
    (co-supervised) (2017) Beyond the Edge of the Planted Field: Exploring Community-based Environmental Education, and Invisible Losses in Settler and Indigenous Cultural Contexts)
  • J. Bayne (2016) The Effects of Municipal Waste Disposal Method on Facility Support and Diversion Attitudes and Behaviours)
  • C. Walker (2012) Perceptions of Wind Turbine Risks in Ontario
  • S. Larock) (2009) Risk-in-context: The impact of a local land use dispute on perceptions of technological risk
  • N. Bhoi (2008) Environmental Justice in Five Major Canadian Cities
  • C. Brown (2005) Urban pesticide use risk perception and policy
  • S. van Rheenen) (2004) The effectiveness of Brownfield a committee for hazard risk minimization
    University of Calgary
  • K. Greenlaw (2001) Understanding views and opinions of risk: A comparative analysis of Fort Assinibione, Barrhead, and Kinuso Alberta
    University of Calgary
  • D. Lee (1999) Understanding views of risk: A case study of Swan Hills Alberta
    University of Calgary


Refereed Journals

Walker C, and Baxter J. (2019) Method sequence and dominance in mixed method research: An investigation of the social acceptance of wind energy literature, International Journal of Qualitative Methods

Walker C, Stephenson L, and 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

Songsore E, Buzzelli, M, and Baxter J. (2018) Understanding developer perspectives and experiences of wind energy development in Ontario Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 36(4): 649-668

Sekercioglu, M. F., White, J., Shrubsole, D., & Baxter, J. (2018) Towards a Sustainable Small Non-Community Drinking Water System in Ontario: Owners’ Risk Awareness and Perceptions to Water Safety. Journal of Sustainable Development, 11(3), 71

Sekercioglu, F., White, J., Shrubsole, D. and Baxter, J. (in press) (2018) Relationship between operational characteristics of small non-community drinking water systems and adverse water quality incidents in southern Ontario, Canada, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 16(1), 777-789

Baxter J, (2017) Participation promotes acceptance Nature Energy, 2

Mason-Renton, S.A., Luginaah, I & Baxter, J. The community divide is more detrimental than the plant itself: Confrontational stigma and community responses to rural facility siting, Journal of Rural and Community Development, 11(2): 22-44

Walker, C. and Baxter J. (in press) (2016) “It’s hard to say ‘I don’t want my community to benefit!’”: Wind energy siting and distributive justice in Canada. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 133: 358-365

Laferriere, K., Crighton, E., Baxter, J., Lemyre, L., Masuda, J. and Ursitti, F. (2016) Examining inequities in children’s environmental health: Results of a survey on the risk perceptions and protective actions of new mothers. Journal of Risk Research, 19(3), 271-287

Baxter, J., Ho, Y., Rollins, Y. and Maclaren, V. (2016) Attitudes toward waste to energy facilities and impacts on diversion in Ontario, Canada. Waste Management, 50, 75-85

Fast, S., Mabee,W., Baxter, J., Christidis, T., Driver, L., Hill, S., McMurtry, J.J., and Tomkow, M. (2016) Lessons learned from Ontario wind energy disputes, Nature Energy (DOI: 10.1038/NENERGY.2015.28)

Oiamo, T., Baxter, J., Grgicak-Mannion, A., Xu, X., and Luginaah, I. (2015) Place effects on noise annoyance: Cumulative exposures, odour annoyance and noise sensitivity as mediators of environmental context. Atmospheric Environment, 116, 183-193

Oiamo,T., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. Cumulative effects of noise and odour annoyances on environmental and health related quality of life, Social Science and Medicine, 146 (2015) 191-203

Walker, C., Baxter, J. and Ouellette, D. (2015) Adding Insult to Injury: Psychosocial stress in Ontario wind turbine communities, Social Science & Medicine, 133, 358-365

Walker, C., Baxter, J., Mason, S., Luginaah, I. and Ouellette, D. (2014) Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada, AIMS Energy 2 (4), 424-442

Laferriere, K., Crighton, E., Baxter, J., Lemyre, L., Masuda, J. and Ursitti, F. (2014) Examining inequities in children’s environmental health: results of a survey on the risk perceptions and protective actions of new mothers, Journal of Risk Research(DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2014.961518)

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, 46(3): 730-45

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. (2014) Growing up alone: Vulnerability
of orphans to HIV/AIDS in Northern Malawi, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(1): 128-39

Baxter, J., Morzaria, R., and Hirsch, R. (2013) A case-control study of support/opposition to wind turbines: Perceptions of health risk, economic benefits, and community conflict, Energy Policy 61: 931-943

Crighton E., Brown, C., Baxter, J., Lemyre, L., Masuda, J. and Ursitti, F. (2013) Perceptions and experiences of environmental health risks among new mothers: A qualitative study in Ontario, Canada, Health Risk and Society 15(4): 295-312

Deacon, L. and Baxter, J. (2013) No Opportunity to Say No: A case study of procedural environmental injustice in Canada, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 56(5): 607-23