This research began as part of a national collaborative study concerned with the social aspects of energy transitions, specifically how values, perceptions and knowledge among citizens drive their preferences and decision-making. It was first funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant to John Parkins (PI) at the University of Alberta (2012-2017), with me and Tom Beckley (UNB) as co-applicants. My particular interest in that grant was around hydroelectric landscapes, but I have also been peripherally involved in the Q-method, NB citizen jury  and national survey elements discussed more on our Energy Transitions in Canada project website. I added some questions to our national energy survey to find relationships between exposure to energy installations and support for the respective technology, which suggest that noticing any energy infrastructure increases support for renewables (Sherren et al. 2019). John Parkins got a new SSHRC in 2017 to follow on with research on renewable energy transitions in Alberta as well as Nova Scotia, including aspects of landscape change and ‘climax thinking‘, which emerged through both my dykeland and hydro dam work, using surveys and social media.


Sherren, K.,  Parkins, John R., Owen, T., and Terashima, M. (2019), Does noticing energy infrastructure influence public support for energy development? Evidence from a national survey in Canada, Energy Research & Social Science, 51: 176-186.

Research trainees

Ellen Chappell is an MES candidate working on wind energy transitions in the Tantramar area of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, funded by a SRES Legacy Scholarship, a SSHRC Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC project funds.

Taylor Owen was funded by the Dalhousie SRES Godsoe Scholarship and SSHRC to analyze our 2014 national survey data to explore the relationship between exposure to energy infrastructure and support (or not) of such techologies .