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 (2022) Community-based renewable energy development
  • S. Wilson (2021) Community Attitudes and Wind Energy Development Types: A Comparative Study in Ontario and Nova Scotia
  • 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. & 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. & Baxter J. (2018). "His main platform is ‘stop the turbines’: Political discourse, partisanship and local responses to wind energy." Canada Energy Policy, 123: 670-681.

Songsore E., Buzzelli, M. & Baxter J. (2018). "Understanding developer perspectives and experiences of wind energy development." 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. & Baxter, J. (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. & 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. & 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. & 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. & Tomkow, M. (2016). "Lessons learned from Ontario wind energy disputes." Nature Energy, DOI: 10.1038/NENERGY.2015.28.