About Me

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Dr. Christina E. Hoicka

​I hold the Canada Research Chair in Urban Planning for Climate Change and I am an Associate Professor in Geography and Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering (McGill University), a Masters in Environmental Studies with a focus on ecological economics (York University), and a PhD in Geography (University of Waterloo). I study the diffusion of low-carbon innovations and renewable energy and the justice and socio-economic benefits of a renewable energy transition. I am co-founder and inaugural Chair of Women & Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) Network.

I have recently published on reconciliation, self-determination and renewable energy and about the diffusion of disruptive low-carbon innovations. 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. To learn more about my current research projects, please visit the lab Research page.

Prior to my PhD, I worked in public policy in government, government agencies, a regulated utility, and advocacy (details here). I have worked with stakeholders and advised on policy related to climate change mitigation, carbon markets, transportation demand management, electricity and the use of coal and renewables, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the renewable energy standard offer program (RESOP).

I have provided advice and commented on policy to Global Affairs Canada, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and climate change. I have sat on the board of Relay Education.