SURVEY: Wood Smoke Activist Experience And Perception Study

– by Dr. Michael Mehta, Thompson Rivers University


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This study will explore how wood smoke activists from around the world have engaged in advocacy work to improve local air quality.


This research will provide such individuals with a comprehensive review of their situation and how it differs from others.

The research also expands on social movements research by examining a new and emerging class of actors who have been relatively ignored in the social science literature.

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study.

The study is being performed by Dr. Michael Mehta at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, and he is cross-listed with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He can be reached by email at or by telephone at (250) 852-7275 for any questions that you may have about this study.

This project has been approved by the University’s Research Ethics Committee. All responses are confidential and anonymous and no personal identifying information will be collected or stored.

Raw data, and data in the form of overall summaries, will be stored securely on a password protected and encrypted hard drive by Dr. Mehta located in his office at the University.

The survey will take most repondents between 10-12 minutes to complete, and no other obligation to participate in additional work is required. Participants will not be compensated for their time, and you may withdraw from this study at any time without consequence.

Dr. Mehta will make the results of this study available at a future date in a peer-reviewed publication, and you may contact him at the above coordinates to receive a copy of the paper once complete or an executive summary of the results. This work will also be presented at academic conferences.

This project is minimal risk in nature, although some of the questions may invoke strong feelings.

The project is not funded by any public or private sources of funding.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Mehta or the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Dr. Sandra Vermeulen at, or the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee Dr. Andrew Fergus at

Thank you for participating in this study. Please note that completion of this survey implies that you consent to have your data used in the study.

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