Debra Davidson

Professor

Phone: 780-492-4598
Email: debra.davidson@ualberta.ca
Department: Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
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:  The social dimension of climate change vulnerability; urban agriculture and food security; historical impacts of natural resource extraction. Dr Davidson is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.

Selected Refereed Publications

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.).

Davidson, Debra, Jeffrey Andrews and Daniel Pauly. "The Effort Factor: Evaluating the increased marginal impact of natural resource extraction over time. Forthcoming in Global Environmental Change.

Jones, Kevin and Debra Davidson. “Adaptation to Food Safety Risks: a case study of stability in the institutional response to BSE in Canada.” Forthcoming in Food Policy.

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. 2012. “Gender, political ideology, and climate change beliefs in an extractive industry community.” Population and Environment 34(2): 217-234. Ranked 5th most influential demography journal.

Gismondi, Mike and Debra J. Davidson. 2012. "Imagining the tar sands 1880-1967 and beyond." Imaginations 3(2): 70-103.

Davidson, Debra J. 2010. “The applicability of the concept of resilience to social systems: Some sources of optimism and nagging doubts.” Society and Natural Resources 23:1135-1149.

Davidson, Debra J. and Eva Bogdan. 2010. "Reflexive modernization at the source: Local media coverage of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in rural Alberta." Canadian Review of Sociology 47(4):359-380. 


Joubert, Brian and Debra J. Davidson. 2010. “Mediating constructivism, nature and dissonant land use values: The case of northwest Saskatchewan Metis.” Human Ecology Review 17(1):1-10. 

Isaev, Nurlan, Michael R. Clark, Debra J. Davidson. 2010. “Assessing opportunities and constraints in campus sustainability: The role of paper consumption.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 3(3):171-177.


Davidson, Debra J. and Eva Bogdan. 2010. "Reflexive modernization at the source: Local media coverage of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in rural Alberta." Forthcoming in Canadian Review of Sociology.

Davidson, Debra J. 2010. "The applicability of the concept of resilience to social systems: Some sources of optimism and nagging doubts." Forthcoming in Society and Natural Resources.

Joubert, Brian and Debra J. Davidson. 2010. "Constructivism, nature and dissonant land use values: the case of northwest Saskatchewan Metis." Forthcoming in Human Ecology Review.

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.

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. 2013. "Marriage on the Rocks: Sociology's Counsel of our Struggling Energy-Society Relationships." The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change. Fisher, Dana, Stewart Lockie, and David Sonnenfeld (eds.).

Gismondi, Michael and Debra J. Davidson. 2012. "Energy, Climate Change, and the Politics of Sustainability." Pp. 269-295 in Samuelson, Les and Wayne Antony (eds.) Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues. 5th ed. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

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." Authorship representation: Chapter One: Power and Sustainability: K. Hatt and D.

Davidson; Chapter Six: The Air Up There. D. Davidson and J. Evans; Chapter Nine: Entropic Futures, M. Gismondi and D. Davidson; Chapter Ten: Toward a Sustainable Future. D. Davidson and K. Hatt.

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.