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Christina E. Hoicka

Associate Professor of Geography and Civil Engineering, University of Victoria

I hold university degrees in three different disciplines: I have a Bachelor of Engineering (McGill University), a Masters in Environmental Studies (York University), and a PhD in Geography (University of Waterloo). I have conducted research on the voluntary adoption and outcomes of energy efficiency programs for buildings (commercial and residential); rescaling and decentralization in renewable energy transitions; grid integration of renewable energy; democratic and just forms of renewable energy governance and ownership. I am currently studying the diffusion of disruptive clusters of renewable and low-carbon innovations, their implementation in communities, and their impact on energy system change, as well as the implementation of complementarity of renewable energy. I am a member of the Core Team of the Geography of Sustainability Transitions Thematic Group for the Sustainability Transitions Research Network. I am also co-founder and former Chair of Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) Network.

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Associate Professor of Geography and Civil Engineering, University of Victoria
  • 2019–2021
    Associate Professor, York University
  • 2013–2019
    Assistant Professor, York University
  • 2013–2017
    PowerStream Chair in Sustainable Energy Economics, York University

Education

  • 2013 
    University of Waterloo, Geography
  • 2006 
    York University, Environmental Studies
  • 2001 
    McGill, Engineering

Publications

  • 2021
    Reconfiguring actors and infrastructure in city renewable energy transitions: a regional perspective, Energy Policy
  • 2021
    Reconciliation through renewable energy? A survey of Indigenous communities, involvement, and peoples in Canada, Energy Research and Social Science
  • 2021
    Implementing a just renewable energy transition: Policy advice for transposing the new European rules for renewable energy communities, Energy Policy
  • 2021
    Methodology to identify demand-side low-carbon innovations and their potential impact on socio-technical energy systems, MethodsX
  • 2021
    Investigating energy justice in demand-side low-carbon energy innovations in Ontario, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities
  • 2021
    Ambitious deep energy retrofits of buildings to accelerate the 1.5° C energy transition in Canada, The Canadian Geographer
  • 2020
    Canada's Green New Deal: Forging the socio-political foundations of climate resilient infrastructure?, Energy Research and Social Science
  • 2020
    Renewable energy communities under the 2019 European Clean Energy Package–Governance model for the energy clusters of the future?, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Do disruptive renewable energy innovations in local contexts accelerate a just and democratic energy Transition?
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2022
    PATHWAY TO ACCELERATE THE DIFFUSION OF DEMAND-SIDE LOW-CARBON INNOVATIONS AND SOCIO-TECHNICAL ENERGY SYSTEM CHANGE
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Transition Accelerator
  • 2021
    Identifying the consequential risks, benefits, and socio-technical strategies of diffusion of innovations in a low-carbon energy transition
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Ontario Early Researcher Award
  • 2021
    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Net Zero Carbon Economy
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    McConnell Foundation
  • 2021
    ENERGY CITIZENS FOR INCLUSIVE DECARBONISATION (ENCLUDE)
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    New Frontiers in Research Fund
  • 2021
    ENERGY CITIZENS FOR INCLUSIVE DECARBONISATION (ENCLUDE)
    Role:
    co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    Horizon 2020
  • 2021
    Comparing and combining regional and sustainability transitions approaches to analyze the emergence of clusters of renewable and low-carbon innovations
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Smart Prosperity Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research Network
  • Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Sustainability Transitions Research Network
  • Climate Social Science Network
  • Smart Prosperity Institute Research Network
  • Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria
  • American Association of Geographers