Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Joy Parr

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Ledgley

Contact Information

Office: Room 2432 SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85328
Fax: 519 661-1233
E-mail: jparr@uwo.ca

Research Areas

The historically specific sensing body; the influences of large scale technologies on their neighbours; chemical, radiological and microbiological contamination in landscapes and workplaces; social and cultural responses to power generation; ergonomic design in manufactured goods

Research Interests

The historically specific sensing body; the influences of large scale technologies on their neighbours; chemical, radiological and microbiological contamination in landscapes and workplaces; social and cultural responses to power generation; ergonomic design in manufactured goods.

Megaprojects New Media

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Parr, J., Van Horssen, J. and van der Veen, J. 2009 'The Practice of History Shared across Differences: Needs, Technologies, and Ways of Knowing in the Megaprojects New Media Project' Journal of Canadian Studies 43(1): 35-58

Parr, J.  2006 'Smells Like?:  Sources of uncertainty in the history of the Great Lake environment' Environmental History 11(2): 269-300

Parr, J.  2006 'Working knowledge of the insensible: an embodied history of radiation protection in Canadian Nuclear Power Stations, 1962-92' Comparative Studies in Society and History 48(4): 820-851

Parr, J. 2005 'Local water diversely known: Walkerton, Ontario 2000 and after' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23(2): 251-271

Parr, J. 2005 'Industrializing the household: Ruth Schwartz Cowan's More Work for Mother' Technology and Culture 46(3): 604-613

Chapters in Books

Parr, J. 2010 'Our Bodies and Our Histories of Technology and the Environment’ in The Illusory Boundary: Environment and Technology in History ed M. Reuss and S. Cutcliffe (University of Virginia Press) 26-42

Parr, J. 2003 'Economics and homes' in Gender and Technology: A reader ed N. Lerma, R. Oldenziel and A. Mohun (Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore) 329-358

Books

Parr, J. 2009 Sensing Changes: Technologies, Environments and the Everyday 1953-2003 (UBC Press)

Janovicek, N., Parr, J. eds 2003 Histories of Canadian Children and Youth (Oxford University Press: Don Mills, ON)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD StudentsYearTitle
E. Huner
(co-supervised)
Current TBA
T. Oiamo
(co-supervised)
Current TBA
D. Nixon 2012 Sensing Commute Spaces and Automobilized Places by Foot, Bike and Car in Vancouver, BC

Teaching

GEO 4430 - Community-based Research on Environment and Health
GEO 9322 - Global Technologies & Local Knowledge