Debra Davidson


Phone: 780-492-4598
Department: Renewable Resources
Office: 543 General Services
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
543 General Services
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2H1

Areas of Specialization:  Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Transitions in Energy and Food Systems, Natural resource politics and governance.

Current Research Activities: Director of the Resilient Urban Food Systems Network, an international, interdisciplinary network of scholars. Lead Author, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change. Participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE:

University of Alberta Libraries Education and Research Archive - Collections in Department of Renewable Resources 

Selected Refereed Publications 

Jones, Kevin, and Debra J. Davidson. 2014. “Adapting to Food Safety Crises: interpreting success and failure in the Canadian response to BSE.” Food Policy 49: 250-258.

Davidson, Debra J. and Michael Gismondi. 2014. “Footprints in the Oilsands: A Double Diversion with global repercussions.” Sociological Imagination 50(1): 13-34.

Davidson, Debra J. Jeffrey Andrews and Daniel Pauly. 2014. “The effort factor: Evaluating the increasing marginal impact of resource extraction over time.” Global Environmental Change 25: 63-68.

Davidson, Debra J. and Jeffrey Andrews. 2013. "Not all about consumption." Science, 339, 15 March: 1286-1287.

Andrews, Jeffrey and Debra J. Davidson. 2013. “Cell-gazing into the future: What genes, Homo heidelbergensis, and punishment tell us about our adaptive capacity.” Sustainability 5: 560-569.

Davidson, Debra J. 2014. “Marriage on the Rocks: Sociology’s Counsel of our Struggling Energy-Society Relationships” Chapter 10 in The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change, Dana Fisher, Stewart Lockie and David Sonnenfeld (eds.). 

Shearer, Christine, Debra Davidson and Robert Gramling. 2013. “The double diversion of national energy in a globalized era: Offshore oil, coal, and oil sands leases.” Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Special Edition: William Freudenburg, A Life in Social Research. 21:57-72.

Davidson, Debra J. 2013. “We still have a long way to go, and a short time to get there: A response to Fikret Berkes and Helen Ross.” Society and Natural Resources 26(1): 21-24.

Davidson, Debra J. 2012. “Analyzing Social Responses to Climate Change through the Lens of Reflexivity: An In-Depth Look at ‘Climate Change Meta-Reflexives.’” British Journal of Sociology, 63(4): 616-640. 

Davidson, Debra J. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2012. “Introduction: Building on the legacy contributions of William R. Freudenburg in environmental studies and sociology.” Journal for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2(1):1-6. 

Davidson, Debra J. and Don Grant. 2012. “The Double Diversion: Mapping Its Roots and Projecting Its Future in Environmental Studies.” Journal for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2(1):69-77. 

Davidson, Debra J. and Michael Haan. 2011. “Gender, political ideology, and climate change beliefs in an extractive industry community.” Population and Environment 34(2):217-234.

Parkins, John and Debra J. Davidson. 2008. "Constructing the public sphere in compromised settings: Environmental governance in the Alberta forest sector." Canadian Review of Sociology 45(2): 177-196. 

Haluza-Delay, Randolph and Debra J. Davidson. 2008. "The environment and a globalizing sociology." Canadian Journal of Sociology 33(3): 631-656. 

Freudenburg, William R., Robert Gramling, and Debra J. Davidson. 2008. "Scientific Uncertainty Argumentation Methods (SCAMs): Science and the politics of doubt." Sociological Inquiry, 78(1):2-38. 

Webb, Shevenell M., Davidson, Debra J. and Boyce, Mark S. 2008. “Trapper Attitudes and Industrial Development on Registered Traplines in West-Central Alberta.” Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 13(2):115–126. 

Davidson, Debra J. 2007. "Private property wrongs: Uncovering the contradictory articulations of an hegemonic ideology." Sociological Inquiry, 77(1):104-125. 

MacKendrick, Norah and Debra J. Davidson. 2007. "State-capital relations in voluntary environmental improvement." Current Sociology, 55(5):674-695. 

Freudenburg, William R. and Debra J. Davidson. 2007. "Nuclear families and nuclear risks: The effects of gender, geography, and progeny on attitudes toward a nuclear waste facility." Rural Sociology, 72(2):215-243. 

Wellstead, A.M., D.J. Davidson, and R.C. Stedman. 2006. “Assessing approaches to climate change-related policy formation in British Columbia: The case of the mountain pine beetle epidemic.” Journal of Ecosystems and Management 7(3):1-9. 

Davidson, Debra J. and Scott Frickel. 2004 "Understanding Environmental Governance: A Critical Review." Organization and Environment 17(4):471-492. 

Davidson, Debra J. and Norah MacKendrick. 2004 "All Dressed up with Nowhere to Go: The Discourse of Ecological Modernization in Alberta." Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 41(1):47-65. 

Frickel, Scott, and Debra J. Davidson. 2004 "Building Environmental States: Legitimacy and Rationalization in Sustainability Governance." International Sociology 19(1):89-110. 

Stedman, Richard C., Debra J. Davidson, and Adam M. Wellstead.  2004. “Risk and Climate Change: Perceptions of Key Policy Actors in Canada.” Risk Analysis 24(5): 1393-1404

Davidson, Debra J., Tim Williamson and John Parkins. 2003 "Understanding Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability in Northern Forest-based Communities." Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33(11):2252-2261. 

Davidson, Debra J. 2003 "Risk in the Redwoods: Contending for Normalcy in Timber Country." Journal of Risk Research, 6(3):253-266. 

Davidson, Debra J. 2001 "Federal Policy in Local Context: State-Societal Relations and the Endangered Species Act." Policy Studies Review 17(3):212-240. 

Davidson, Debra J. and William R. Freudenburg. 1996. "Gender and Environmental Risk Concerns: A Review and Analysis of Available Research." Environment and Behavior 28(3):302-339. 

Books and Book Chapters 

Davidson, Debra J. and Michael Gismondi. 2011. Challenging Legitimacy at the Precipice of Energy Calamity. New York: Springer. 

Davidson, Debra J. and Kierstin Hatt, Editors. 2005. Consuming Sustainability: Critical Social Analyses of Ecological Change. Hallifax: Fernwood Books. 

Gismondi, Michael, Debra Davidson, Satoshi Ikeda, Ineke Locke, and Jeji Varghese. 2007. "Power and the politics of sustainability." Pp. 357-379 in Les Samuelson and Wayne Antony (eds.), Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues, 4th Ed. Halifax: Fernwood Books. 

Davidson, Debra. 2007. Section 4.4 in Sauchyn, D., and Kulshreshtha, S. 2007. “The Prairies;” in From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007, edited by D.S. Lemmen, F.J. Warren, J., Lacroix and E. Bush; Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON. 

Fisher, Dana R., R. David Simpson, Bhaskar Vira, W. Bradnee Chambers, Debra J. Davidson. 2005 Chapter 3, "Assessing Responses." In: Walter Reid(ed.), Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report. United Nations Environment Programme. 

Davidson, Debra J., Michael Gismondi, Satoshi Ikeda, Michelle Lee, Ineke Lock, Jeji Varghese, Angela Wilson. 2003 "Power and the Politics of Sustainability." Pp. 337-356 in Les Samuelson and Wayne Antony (eds.), Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues, 3rd Ed. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. 

Debra J. Davidson and Ross E. Mitchell. 2002 "NAFTA in the New Millenium: Environmental Challenges to International Trade." In: Ted Chambers and Peter Smith (eds.), NAFTA in the New Millennium. Co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD.