Chad Walker

PhD Student



Contact Information

Office: Room 1424, SSC

Office Hours: Wednesday 12-1

Research Supervisor (s):

Dr. Jamie Baxter


Courses Taught TAed

  • GEO 1500 - Society and Nature
  • GEO 2010 - The Geography of Canada
  • GEO 2143 - Foundations of the Geography of World Business
  • GEO 2153 - Environment, Economy and Society
  • GEO 2420 - Economic Geography
  • GEO 3432 - Environmental Hazards and Human Health

Research Interests

Most generally, I enjoy studying the relationship between science and environmental policy. I tend to focus on international issues such as global climate change and their policy implications including the development of renewable energy projects. My Master’s thesis and associated work concentrated on the social dynamics of support/opposition to wind turbines in two Ontario, Canada communities.    

Currently, my PhD research involves looking at the planning and siting procedures of wind turbine developments across Nova Scotia and Ontario, Canada. This project is funded by a grant from the Metcalfe Foundation. More information on this and associated research projects can be found on the Communities Around Renewable Energy Projects website (


  • Walker, C. (Accepted) Promoting qualitative research in the public sphere: Lessons learned from online criticisms”. The Craft of Qualitative Research. Canadian Scholar’s Press.

  • Mason, S., Walker, C., Baxter, J. and Luginaah, I. (2016) “Ethics and activists in environment and health research” Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geography. Routledge.

  • Walker, C. & Baxter, J. (2017) “It's easy to throw rocks at a corporation”: wind energy development and distributive justice in Canada. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 1-15.

  • McRobert, D., Tennent-Riddel, J. & Walker, C. (2016) Ontario’s Green Economy and Green Energy Act: Why a Well-Intentioned Law is Mired in Controversy and Opposed by Rural Communities. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review.

  • Walker, C., Baxter, J., Mason, S., Luginaah, I & Ouellette, D. (2014). Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada. AIMS Energy, 2(4). 424-442.

  • Walker, C., Baxter, J., & Ouellette, D. (2014). Adding Insult to Injury: The Development of Psychosocial Stress in Ontario Wind Turbine Communities. Social Science & Medicine.
  • 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), 730-745.


  • Walker, C., Baxter, J., Mason, S., Luginaah, I & Ouellette, D. (2014) The Introduction of Renewable Energy and the loss of financial security? Wind turbine and perceived real estate loss in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Association of Geographers – Ontario Division Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
    Walker, C., Mason, S. and Bednar, D. (2014) Idyllic landscapes and invisible conflict in rural Ontario and Manitoba, Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario.
  • Walker, C., Baxter, J and Ouellette, D. (2014) Insult and Injury: Origins of psychosocial stress in Ontario wind turbine communities, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, USA.
  • Walker, C., Shrubsole, D. (2013) Collaborative Environment & Sustainability program Information Session, Department of Geography, Western University, London, ON (invited)
  • Baxter, J., Walker, C. and Ouellette, D. (2013) Living with Wind Turbines in Ontario: Health, Conflict and Policy, International Medical Geography Symposium, Lansing Michigan
  • Walker, C., Baxter, J and Ouellette, D. (2013) “Winds of Change”: Explaining Support for Wind Energy Developments in Ontario, Canada, Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
  • Walker, C., Baxter, J and Oullette, D. (2013) Jeanne X. Kasperson Award Speciality Group- “Winds of Change”: Explaining Support for Wind Energy Developments in Ontario, Canada, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • Baxter, J. Walker, C., Morzaria, R.,Ouellette, D. and Hirsch, R. (2013) Living with Wind Turbines in Ontario: Health, Conflict and Policy, Departmental Speaker Series - University of Guelph Geography, Guelph, ON. (Invited)
  • Walker, C. and Baxter, J. (2012) What smell?: Socio-political Factors and Ontario’s wind energy development, Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Waterloo, ON.
  • Walker, C. (2012) Workshop Series – Effective Presentations, Teaching Support Centre, Western University, London, ON. (Invited)
  • Walker, C. (2012) Your own pigs don’t smell: Wind energy and public opinion, 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Western University, London, ON. (Finalist)

Grants and Awards

  • 2015-2017: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2013: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2013: Metcalfe Foundation Grant – Green Prosperity Challenge
  • 2010-Present: Western Graduate Research Scholarship
  • 2013: Jeanne X. Kasperson Award Hazards, Risks and Disasters Speciality Group Association of American Geographers
  • 2010, 2011: Michael J. Troughton Graduate Scholarship: Sustainability research in rural Ontario

Why Western

I chose to attend Western for graduate studies because of the excellent faculty and resources available for incoming graduate students. Additionally, London, Ontario is in close proximity to many wind energy developments including my five study sites in Southern Ontario.
I really have enjoyed my experience at Western. My advisor, Jamie Baxter has been awesome to work with and the Geography department as a whole is a very social group of people. The 1st year retreat, "talent" show and Christmas trivia night (just to name a few) allowed me to learn the fundamentals of grad school while meeting a great crew of students, faculty and staff.