John Parkins in an Associate Professor in the Department Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. He joined the university in 2007 after spending 10 years as a social scientist with Natural Resources Canada. He received his MSc in Rural Sociology and PhD in Sociology from the University of Alberta and his research interests focus on the interactions between rural communities and natural resource industries, rural development, social impact assessment, public engagement and environmental politics. Dr. Parkins has worked extensively with land management agencies, such as the Foothills Research Institute (Hinton, AB), the Sustainable Forest Management Network and Alberta Environment to establish principles and practices of socially sustainable resource management and indicators of social well-being. His research is published in a wide range of scholarly journals and government reports with a strong focus on applied research and best management practices. Dr. Parkins also teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of social impact assessment and rural community development.