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

Walker C, and 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, and Baxter J. (2018) “His main platform is ‘stop the turbines’”: Political discourse, partisanship and local responses to wind energy in Canada Energy Policy, 123: 670-681

Songsore E, Buzzelli, M, and Baxter J. (2018) Understanding developer perspectives and experiences of wind energy development in 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. and Baxter, J. (in press) (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. and 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. and 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. and 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., 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. (2018) Qualitative health geography reaches the mainstream, Routledge Handbook of Health Geography, Routledge

Mason, S., Walker, C., Baxter, J. and Luginaah, I. (2016) Ethics and activism in environment and health research. Practicing qualitative methods in health geography. Routledge

Baxter, J. and Fenton, N. (2016) Praxis in qualitative health geography. Practicing qualitative methods in health geography. Routledge

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)

Other Publications

Walker, C. and Baxter J. (2016) Toolkit for turbines: Wind energy development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada (coarep.uwo.ca)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
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
MA Students Year Title
P. Grewal Current Community-based renewable energy development
O. Ladele 
Current Food waste avoidance and food/organic collection programs
S. Wilson Current Communities around renewable energy projects
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
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


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