Dr. Jean Parker earned her Ph.D. in the management of technology and innovation from the Da Vinci Institute of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her doctoral research was on emergency preparedness learning through community radio in North Indian villages.
In addition to her work at the Wilmette Institute, Jean is on the faculty of the Department Of Nonprofit Management of Regis University in the United States. Her research interests are diverse including community-based economic enterprise and economic sustainability as necessary components of community resilience, and the development of participatory media as a tool for community-building and education to increase resilience to emergencies, climate change, armed conflict or other internal and external circumstances. Jean specializes in conducting primary, participatory research across the globe. Her forthcoming book on constructive resilience and emergency preparedness will examine how the Bahai principles of economics and consultation can be applied to increase community economic resilience to internal and external calamity.
Jean is the producer and host of “Discovering How”, a podcast of the Bahai-inspired organization Ethical Business Building The Future, (EBBF). Previously, she lived in India for ten years and worked as a radio journalist in South Asia, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Her reporting on social development and human rights has been heard on radio networks in North America and Europe including National Public Radio in the United States, the CBC in Canada, BBC and Radio Netherlands. She now lives in the US state of Arizona.