Dr. Mitchell is an Environmental Sociologist with Golder Associates Ltd. in Calgary, Canada. He has over 20 years of national and international development experience including work with municipalities, indigenous peoples, industry, non-profit agencies and others. His key skills are in the areas of social impact assessments, rural sociology, community development and environmental policy and management. Dr. Mitchell’s research and professional work experience includes diverse environmental and cultural contexts of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, NWT, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, and Australia.
Dr. Mitchell has published his work extensively on topics ranging from environmental sociology to ecotourism. He has won awards and scholarships from institutions such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the International Development Research Centre. He is adjunct professor in rural sociology at the University of Alberta and is a member of the Rural Sociological Society and the International Association for Impact Assessment. In addition, Dr. Mitchell has considerable experience with diverse qualitative and quantitative socio-economic methodologies, such as stakeholder interviews, household surveys, community meetings, focus groups, strategic planning, logical framework analysis, and rural appraisal techniques. Also, Dr. Mitchell has public consultation experience as a forester working with various stakeholders for multiple-use forest management in British Columbia and Peru, as a rural planning student and practitioner in Ontario and Peru, and as an environmental sociologist in Canada and Latin America. He has given numerous presentations, seminars, and workshops for universities, communities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry.
E-mail: Ross Mitchell