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.
Since 2013, I have been principal investigator on $1,785,051 from external funders for 17 grants and contracts, co-applicant on $31,343,025.36 from external funders for 10 grants; and collaborator on $2,100,000 from external funders for two grants.
I have led or co-authored over 60 technical reports and publications, 11 media opinion pieces, over 35 media interviews, over 30 invited public talks.
I have worked with philanthropic foundations; conservation authorities; industry associations; Indigenous partners; community based partners; not for profits, charities, large industry.
My research has informed a range of organizations, such as business, not-for-profit, industry associations, Indigenous partners and communities, and advocacy groups, as well as governments across Canada. I have testified at the Parliament of Canada House of Commons: Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. 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 directors of Relay Education.
Prior to my PhD, I worked in public policy in government, government agencies, a regulated utility, and industrial advocacy (details here). During that time, I 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, and energy efficiency. I worked on two of Canada’s important energy decarbonization policies: I supported the development of the coal cessation regulation in 2007, and of Canada’s first small scale renewable energy procurement program, the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP), the precursor to the feed-in-tariff law. At the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO) I worked with some of the largest industrialelectricity consumers in the country.