Our Team

Jamie Baxter (Lead)

Jamie Baxter is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Western Ontario and he is the principal investigator for COAREP. He has been involved in studying community-based social construction of risk, and facility siting issues for over two decades. He has extensive experience with combining qualitative interview and qualitative survey methods on topic ranging from voluntary hazardous facility siting, and pesticide by-law preferences to landfill siting justice and more recently, community perceptions of wind turbines.

"Meaning of community wind energy (MOCWE)" studies

Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams is an Associate Professor with the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University and a Research Fellow at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. She is also the former Director of the Eco-Efficiency Centre (Dalhousie) – an outward-facing research unit focused on the integration of resource efficiency and sustainable technology into industrial operations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Adams is a professional engineer and former naval officer who holds a PhD from Dalhousie University focused on industrial ecology, energy policy and sustainability strategies for business and industrial operations. Michelle’s current research involves the integration of renewable energy technologies and industrial symbiosis strategies into the development of a bio-industrial network with the aim of supporting regional economic development through a transition to low-carbon industrial activities.

Paige Callaghan

Paige Callaghan is a 4th year One Health Student in the Medical Science Program at Western University. Paige and Jamie are designing a survey to study health risk perceptions and pathways related to key concepts in current wind turbine debates for her undergraduate thesis project.

Laura Creagh

Laura Creagh is a Masters student from Queen's University Belfast. She will be working on study 5.

Geraint Ellis

Professor Geraint Ellis is Chair of Environmental Planning and Director of Research for Sustainable Built Environment in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) and Adjunct Professor at University of Western Ontario. He is also Co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. His key research interests are in planning and sustainability with a particular emphasis on renewable energy, planning governance and healthy urban planning. He has published widely on these topics and has recently been involved in projects that have examine the future of wind energy in Denmark, the challenges of the energy Transition in Ireland and the opportunities for designing cities to support healthy ageing in Brazil and the UK. You can follow him on Twitter @gellis23 and see his full profile here: http://bit.ly/ZYkPNM

Parveen Grewal

Parveen Grewal is a master's (MA) candidate in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western University. Her research is part of study 5, specifically focusing on comparing two communities in ON, one with and one without community-based wind energy development. Parveen is an alumna of the University of Waterloo.

Kate Hegarty

Kate Hegarty is a Masters student from Queen's University Belfast. She will be working on study 5.

Carelle Mang-Benza

Carelle Mang-Benza Carelle Mang-Benza is a PhD candidate in Geography and Environment at the University of Western Ontario. She is focusing on the Indigenous case study in the M'Chigeeng community (study 3), with some media and policy analysis that aligns with studies(study 7 and study 4 respectively). Carelle joins the team with a B.A.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemical engineering and has been involved in a number of intergovernmental processes related to environmental policy, population and migration, climate change and land use - including 9 years working at the United Nations on both the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Chantelle Richmond

Dr. Chantelle Richmond is an Indigenous health geography scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western, cross-ppointed with First Nations Studies & the Department of Family Medicine. She will be most involved in study 3. Chantelle's Department page

Romayne Smith Fullerton

Romayne Smith Fullerton

Dr. Smith Fullerton is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western. She will be most involved in study 7. Romayne's Faculty page

Cody Walter

Cody Walter is a PhD student from Dalhousie University. He will be working on study 5.

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson is a Masters (MA) candidate in the Department of Geography & Environment and part of the Environment and Sustainability program at Western Univeristy. She is contributing to study 6 conducting a survey of communities living near wind energy projects in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

"Toolkit for turbines" studies

Isaac Luginaah

Isaac Luginaah is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment and Canada Research Chair in Health Geography at Western University. He has research interests in environment and health, population health and GIS applications in health. He provides methodological direction on the project including the use of mixed methods and community-based research.

Chad Walker

Chad Walker is a PhD candidate in Geography and Environment and the Environment and Sustainability program at Western. He will use data from the "Toolkits for Turbine Communities" study for his PhD thesis. Chad was the lead researcher on the "Don Quixote" study involving two communities on the shores of Lake Erie living with turbines. He has published a number of papers on his case-study work and is the lead researcher for study 1. (see Study 1)

Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western University and Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Policy Network. His research interests include environment and health e.g., health hazard exposure analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), housing and the socioeconomic determinants of health. Michael is currently supervising Emmanuel Songsore's PhD thesis – see Study 2.

Emmanuel Songsore

Emmanuel Songsore is a PhD candidate in Geography and Environment and Sustainability at Western University. He is interested in understanding how a multiplicity factors (e.g., socio-political, technical, aesthetic and health concerns) and the interplay thereof influence wind energy deployment. His research also seeks to understand conflicting values among various policy stakeholders involved in the development of wind energy. His current PhD research explores the role of the media in influencing public perceptions of wind energy development (see Study 2).


Carelle earns AAG paper award! 17 Apr 2021

Canadian MOCWE survey results arriving! 7 Nov 2020

Attitudes towards wind turbine health effects pathways 20 Oct 2020

Carelle's paper on energy transitions and and reconciliation accepted for publication 9 Sep 2020

Ireland wind neighbours pilot survey 6 Sep 2020

Paige Callaghan joins the team 28 May 2020

Carelle completes interview phase of M'Chigeeng research partnership 16 Oct 2019

Carelle, Parveen and Jamie join low carbon transition workshop in Belfast NI 20 Sep 2019

Welcome Sara to the research team 10 Sep 2019

M'Chigeeng-MOCWE (Western U) research partnership launch! 25 Jul 2019

International Energy Association Wind Task 28: Social Accpetance of Wind Energy 28 Mar 2018

Welcome Parveen to the research team 8 Jan 2018

Renewables in Remote Communities: Whitehorse 24 Oct 2017

Welcome Carelle to the research team 28 Sept 2017

Dr. Walker off to Queen's, Postdoc A SHARED Future 1 Sept 2017

Team research workshop and fieldtrip - thanks to our hosts! 18 August 2017

News and views piece on community participation published in Nature Energy 18 July 2017

Dr. Walker! 27 June 2017

Jamie attends workshop for A SHARED Future 24 March 2017

Media coverage of "Toolkit" studies 6 March 2017

Final "Toolkit" available for download 10 February 2017

"Toolkit" and Dec 8 Workshop/Webinar details posted 6 December 2016

On Thurs, Dec. 8, 2016 we will be holding our end-of-project workshop for the "toolkit" series of studies. 17 October 2016

Graduate students needed for new funded studies! 8 July 2016

Study 1: All data collected and being analyzed 11 February 2016

Lessons learned from Ontario wind energy disputes manuscript published 26 January 2016

"Adding insult to injury" manuscript published 23 November 2015

Emmanuel Songsore earns PhD focused on media analysis. Congratulations! 19 October 2015

Survey for study 1 has been mailed out to prospective respondents. 15 June 2015

COAREP seeking turbine lease-holders in the Adelaide-Metcalfe area to interview (confidential/anonymous)! 17 February 2014

Meghan McMorris joins the research team to work with Indigenous communities. 17 February 2015

Fieldwork in Ontario and Nova Scotia 8 October 2014

Media release of "Beyond Rhetoric" study paper 21 May 2014

"Geographic perspectives on wind energy" 10 April 2014

Launch of COAREP website 9 April 2014