Sherren, K., Greenland-Smith, S. Chen, Y., Comeau, L., Beckley, T., and Parkins, J. 2016. Mactaquac and Beyond: Citizen Perspectives on Energy Issues in New Brunswick. School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University. Report for Energy Transitions in Canada, available at 39 pp.

Comeau, L.A., J.R. Parkins, R.C. Stedman and T.M. Beckley. 2015. Citizen Perspectives on Energy Issues in Canada: A National Survey of Energy Literacy and Energy Citizenship. Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Project Report #15-01, University of Alberta.

Comeau, L. 2015. Citizen Perspectives on Energy Issues: National Survey. Prepared for the EnergyExchange, a division of Pollution Probe, Toronto, Ontario.

Chen, Y. 2015. Public Discourse on Twitter and Instagram: The Mactaquac Dam, New Brunswick, And The Site C Dam Proposal, British Columbia. Unpublished report, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

Holman, L. 2014. Demystifying dam removal. Literature review of dam removal implications, including a primer on dam classifications, and a list of web videos showing dam removals in planning, progress and remediation.

Holman, L. 2014. Dam removal videos. Archive of web resources showing dam removals in planning, progress and remediation.

Sprague, C. 2014. Energy production and potential in the Peace River Region of Alberta and British Columbia: An environmental scan. Unpublished paper, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Academic Papers

Parkins, J. R., Rollins, C., Anders, S., & Comeau, L. (2018). Predicting intention to adopt solar technology in Canada: The role of knowledge, public engagement, and visibility. Energy Policy, 114, 114-122.

Beckley, T.M. 2017. Energy and the Rural Sociological Imagination. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 32(1), 69-97.

Chen, Y. J.R. Parkins and K. Sherren. 2018. Using geo-tagged Instagram posts to reveal landscape values around current and proposed hydroelectric dams and their reservoirs. Landscape and Urban Planning, 170, 283-292.

Parkins, John R., Thomas Beckley, Louise Comeau, Richard C. Stedman, Curtis L. Rollins & Anna Kessler 2017. Can Distrust Enhance Public Engagement? Insights From a National Survey on Energy Issues in Canada, Society & Natural Resources, 30(8): 934-948.

 Parkins, J. R., Hempel, C., Beckley, T. M., Stedman, R. C., & Sherren, K. 2015. Identifying energy discourses in Canada with Q methodology: moving beyond the environment versus economy debates. Environmental Sociology, 1(4), 304-314.
Sherren, K., T.M. Beckley, J.R. Parkins, R.C. Stedman, K. Keilty, I. Morin. 2016. Learning (or living) to love the landscapes of hydroelectricity in Canada: Eliciting local perspectives on the Mactaquac Dam via headpond boat tours. Energy Research and Social Science 14, 102-110.
Popular articles / Dissemination

Comeau, L. 2015. Article prepared for the Energy Exchange, a division of Pollution Probe, dedicated to advancing energy literacy. Report: A multi-layered approach to engage Canadians on energy issues. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.

Parkins, J.R. 2014. Should we embrace carbon capture and storage? Wild Lands Advocate, Journal of the Alberta Wilderness Association, 22(5): 8-9.

Thesis / Dissertations

Keilty, Kristina. 2015. Understanding landscape values and baselines of acceptability on the Mactaquac Dam and Headpond, New Brunswick. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

Conference papers or posters

Parkins, J. 2016. After Paris: An Interdisciplinary Response to the UN Climate Convention, Panel Presentation. Presented by the Petrocultures Research Cluster, University of Alberta, 28 January.

Chen, Y, J.R. Parkins and K. Sherren. Using social media to understand young citizens’ perceptions of landscapes facing energy-related change: the Mactaquac Dam, New Brunswick, and the Site C Dam proposal, British Columbia. Social Media & Society: International Conference, July 27 – 29, Toronto, Ontario.

Dairon, Matthew. 2015. Identifying Dominant And Minority Discourses On Energy Production In Southern Alberta Through Q Methodology: Enhancing Insights Through Supplementary Interviews. International Symposium for Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC (June 13 – 20).

Kessler, A. J.R. Parkins, L. Comeau, R. Stedman and T. Beckley. 2015. Does trust in government lead to citizen apathy? Evidence from a national survey on energy issues and citizen engagement in Canada. International Symposium for Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC (June 13 – 20).

Keilty, K., Sherren, K and T. Beckley. 2015 Understanding energy landscape values and baselines of acceptability on the Mactaquac Dam Headpond, New Brunswick, Canada. International Symposium for Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC (June 13 – 20).

Holman, L. and K. Sherren 2015. Rebuild, remove or decommission: using a storymap to reconnect locals around a hydro-electric dam with its pre-dam landscape. International Symposium for Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC (June 13 – 20).

Chenard, C. 2015. Participatory practices in the public sphere: A case study of the Site C Clean Energy Project in British Columbia. Canadian Sociology Association Annual Meeting, University of Ottawa, Ontario.

Parkins, J., Hempel, C., Beckley, T., Sherren, K. and Stedman, R. 2014. Future energy landscapes in Canada: Discursive renderings of renewable energy alternatives through Q Methodology. International Sociology Association World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 14-19, 2014.

Keilty, K., Sherren, K., Beckley, T. and Marmura, H. Rebuild, rewild or decommission: consulting locals about the fate of the Mactaquac Dam, Canada, using floating focus groups. 20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany, 9-14 June, 2014.

New media

Holman, L., Sherren, K. 2014. Before the Mactaquac Dam. ArcGIS storymap and associated public GIS layers of pre-dam aerial photography digitized, georeferenced and tiled.

Mittelholtz, B., Marmura, H., Gutierrez-Hermelo, R., Sherren, K., Beckley, T. 2014. Mactaquac Revisited. Vimeo video.


Explore the inundation of the Mactaquac Headpond, as overlaid on old maps or aerial photography:

Overlays of current headpond extent on 1959 geology maps of the headpond

Aerial or satellite imagery maps of the headpond between Nackawic and Fredericton:

Press coverage

Storymap and documentary on Mactaquac headpond research featured in Daily Gleaner article by Tara Chislett, Emotional connection to Mactaquac dam, river valley studied, January 8, 2015, page 4, 1200 words.

Agriculture, not Energy, Will Fuel Canada’s Economy in Coming Decades: Experts, DesmogCanada, July 29, 2015

Energy landscape project on Mactaquac headpond featured on CBC Fredericton Information Morning, August 13, 2013, via 8-minute interview with Kate Sherren:


SSHRC energy project and team were referenced in New Brunswick newspaper Telegraph-Journal by team-member Tom Beckley in media around energy consultation using citizen juries (July 6, 2012, p. A1-A2).