Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Jamie Baxter

Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)


Contact Information

Office: Room 1407, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 81241
Fax: 519 661-3750
E-mail: jamie.baxter@uwo.ca
Personal Web Page

Research Areas

Environmental risks from hazards, community responses to hazards, health, 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.

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

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

Gibson-Wood, H., Wakefield, S., Vanderlinden, L., Bienefeld, M., Cole, D., Baxter, J. and Jermyn, L. (2012) "A drop of water in the pool": information and engagement of linguistic communities around a municipal pesticide bylaw to protect the public's health, Critical Public Health 22(3): 341-53

Larock, S. and Baxter, J. (2013) Local facility hazard risk controversy and non-local hazard risk perception, Journal of Risk Research 16(6): 713-732

Hirsch, R. and Baxter, J. (2011) Context, cultural bias, and health risk perception: The 'everyday' nature of pesticide policy preferences in London, Calgary, and Halifax, Risk Analysis 31(5): 874-65

Atari, O., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. (2011) "This is the mess that we are living in’’: residents everyday life experiences of living in a stigmatized community, GeoJournal 76(5): 483-500

Wakefield, S. and Baxter, J. (2010) Linking health inequality and environmental justice: Articulating a precautionary framework for research and action, Environmental Justice 3(3): 95-102

Masuda, J., Baxter, J. and Poland, B. (2010) Reaching for environmental health justice: Canadian experiences for a comprehensive research, policy and advocacy agenda in health promotion, Health Promotion International 25(4): 453-463

Hirsch, R., Baxter, J. and Brown, C. (2010) The importance of skillful community leaders, Understanding municipal pesticide policy change in Calgary and Halifax, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53(6): 743-757

Baxter, J. (2010) Case Studies in Hay, I. (Ed.) Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (3rd Ed.) London: Oxford University Press.

Baxter, J. (2009) 'Risk Perception: A Quantitative Investigation of the Insider/Outsider Dimension of Cultural Theory and Place' Journal of Risk Research 12(6): 771-91

Hirsch, R. and Baxter, J. (2009) The look of the lawn: Pesticide policy-preference and health risk perception in context, Environment and Planning C 27(3), 468-490

Chapters in Books

Baxter, J. (2011) 'Reassessing the voluntary facility siting processes for a hazardous waste facility in Alberta, Canada 15 years later' in Facility Siting in the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives on Knowledge Production and Application ed T. Fung, H. Lesbirel and K. Lam (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press)

Baxter, J. (2010) 'Case Studies' in Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (3rd Ed.) ed I. Hay (London: Oxford University Press)

Baxter, J. (2009) 'Interviewing' in Encyclopedia of Geography ed B. Warf (Newbury Park: Sage)

Baxter, J. (2009) 'Content Analysis' in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography ed R. Kitchin and N. Thrift, N (Oxford: Elsevier) 1: 275-280

Deacon, L. and Baxter, J. (2009) 'Framing Environmental Inequity in Canada: A Content Analysis of Daily Print News Media' in Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada ed J. Agyeman and R. Haluza-DeLay (Vancouver: UBC Press)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
D. Babicki
Current Eco-districts and energy consumption
A. Manning Current Community-based food networks in Newfoundland
M. McMorris
Current Community-based Renewable Energy: Exploring the Impact of Entrepreneurship and Community Well-being
Y. Rollins Current Comparative Analysis of Waste Management Policy
C. Walker Current 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
MA Students Year Title
S. Da Rosa Holmes
Current First Nations' traditional ecological knowledge in the ideas of environmental health and revitalization
C. Warring Current Getting to 60: discourses in decision-making about organic waste management in two Ontario municipalities
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


GEO 2152 - Geography of Hazards
GEO 3432 - Environmental Hazards & Human Health
GEO 9108 - Qualitative Methods