Dr Jean Parker earned her PhD, in the Management of Technology and Innovation from The Da Vinci Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a researcher, radio journalist, educator, human rights activist and university professor. She has reported from throughout the world focusing on social development and human rights. She worked for Radio for Peace International in Costa Rica as a member of the management team, program host and producer and instructor at the Institute for Progressive Communications. While she was with RFPI, she conducted the broadcast of the Provisional World Parliament from Tripoli, Libya. Her work as an independent radio journalist has been heard on radio networks in North America and Europe including National Public Radio in the United States, the CBC in Canada, BBC, Radio Netherlands and Deutsche Welle.
She lived and worked in India for ten years as a radio journalist specializing in social development and human rights reporting. She also taught radio journalism at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Pune, India. She reported on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and this lead to her doctoral research on emergency preparedness education and community radio in North India.
Her research interest is the development of community economic enterprise and participatory media as tools for community-building and cohesion to increase constructive resilience and strengthen local capacity and self-sufficiency. She is on the faculty of the Department of Non-profit Management of Regis University in the United States, a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and a member of the Bahai Faith.