Human-environment geographies, energy transitions, renewable energy development and community energy planning, applied GIS.
Research Interests and Areas of Expertise
Dr. Kirby Calvert received his PhD in Geography (2013) at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario, where he worked with the Queen's Institute of Energy and Environmental Policy. Kirby joined the department in 2015 after a brief but fulfilling stint at The Pennsylvania State University (2013-2015). He specialize in the study of renewable energy development and transition management from the perspectives of human-environment studies, multilevel governance, and applied GIS.
Kirby's teaching and research program is best described as three interwoven threads:
Renewable energy mapping: combining site suitability analysis, spatial analysis, and participatory mapping to identify local opportunities for renewable energy generation. This work aims to provide decision-support for the integration of land-use and energy planning, and to better understand the land-use implications (land requirements) of more intensive renewable energy development
Changing energy landscapes: policy gap analysis (document analysis) and mixed qualitative methods to understand how social relations to land co-evolve with emerging forms of energy production and use (e.g., land-use planning systems; landscape values; land-based livelihood strategies)
Community energy planning: community engaged research to understand the barriers, opportunities, and implications related to the decentralization/evolution of energy planning systems, and the changing role of the 'community' in energy governance and energy transitions.
Kirby is Co-Director of the Community Energy Knowledge-Action Partnership (CEKAP); a national partnership of universities and non-academic partners with a shared interest in building more resilient and sustainable communities through community energy planning (www.cekap.ca). He is also a member and co-Chair of the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Task Force.
Calvert, K. 2015. From ‘energy geography’ to ‘energy geographies’: perspectives on a fertile academic borderland.” Progress in Human Geography, Published online first, DOI: 10.1177/0309132514566343
Birch, K., Calvert, K. 2015. (Re)thinking ‘drop-in’ biofuels: on the political materialities of bioenergy. Journal of Science and Technology Studies 28(1): 52-72. [Special Issue on The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011)]
Calvert K., Simandan D. 2015. A polymorphic approach to environmental policy analysis: the case of the Ethanol-in-Gasoline Regulation in Ontario, Canada. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 97 (1): 31–45.
Calvert, K., 2015. Energy and Society. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 7. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 615–620
Calvert, K., Mabee, W. 2015. More solar farms or more bioenergy crops? Mapping and assessing potential land-use conflicts among renewable energy technologies in eastern Ontario, Canada. Applied Geography 56: 209-221.
Calvert, K., Mabee, W. 2014. Spatial analysis of biomass resources within a socio-ecologically heterogeneous region: identifying opportunities for a mixed feedstock stream. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Special Issue on GIS for Renewable Energy 3(1): 209-232.
Calvert, K., Luciani, P., Mabee, W.E. 2014. Thematic land cover map assimilation and synthesis: the case of estimating biomass supply in eastern Ontario, Canada. International Journal of GIS 28, 274-295.
Calvert, K., Pearce, J., Mabee, W.E. 2013. Toward renewable energy geo-information infrastructures: applications of GIS and remote sensing that build institutional capacity. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 18, 416-429.
Blair, M.J., Calvert, K., Manion, M., Earley, S., Mabee, W.E. 2013. Linking analysis of market and material flow to inform Canadian forest biorefinery development. Journal of Science and Technology for Forest Products and Processes 3, 1-15 [Official journal of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, Special issue on ‘Biorefining’].
Calvert K. 2011. Adaptive strategies for a PhD candidate to a changing academic environment: diversification and time-management. The Geographical Bulletin 52, 81-86. [Special issue on ‘Maintaining Sanity in Graduate School’, Published by Gamma Theta Upsilon, The International Geographic Honor Society]
Calvert K. 2011. Geomatics and bioenergy feasibility assessments: taking stock and looking forward. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15, 1117-1124.
Calvert K., Simandan D. 2010. Energy, space, and society: a reassessment of the changing landscape of energy production, distribution, and use. Journal of Economics and Business Research 16, 13-37.
Dr. Kirby Calvert at the University of Guelph is keen to work with a motivated graduate student at the Masters or the PhD level to undertake a research project on the land-use implications of low-carbon energy transitions and the changing relationship between land-use planning and energy planning. The student would have an opportunity to carve out their own project within these larger themes. Additionally, the graduate student would have the opportunity to undertake two MITACS internships, working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on a participatory energy mapping project. We will accept applications from students interested in a Masters or a PhD. The successful candidate would receive guaranteed funding of $45,000 over five semesters from Sept 2018 to April 2020, which includes the two MITACS internships, one research assistantship, and two teaching assistantships. Additional funding would be provided for prospective PhD students. Interested candidates should email Dr. Kirby Calvert at email@example.com. If planning to apply, please first provide Dr. Calvert with an unofficial transcript, a writing / research sample, and a resume before submitting an application to the University. [more details]