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Hoicka, Christina E.

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Hoicka, Christina E.

Associate Professor in

Sustainable Energy Economics

Senior Faculty Associate,

Robarts' Centre for Canadian Studies

PhD Geography , University of Waterloo
MES Environmental Studies , York University
B.Eng Chemical Engineering , McGill University

Energy advocacy and energy justice Participation and planning in energy transitions Community energy Innovation in energy services and systems Renewables integration into electricity grid

My research and teaching are about developing a better understanding of how communities adopt low carbon technologies and energy transitions. I take an interdisciplinary approach to research by combining my knowledge of human geography, ecological economics and engineering and I like to collaborate with political scientists, geographers, engineers, and ecological economists. The focus of my research is community based work. It is international in scope, but grounded in understanding practices used in Canada as well. I mentor students through their participation in my research group. My current research interests include: Indigenous community energy projects; how citizens, households, organizations, universities, and municipalities participate in community energy and low-carbon energy transitions; how green entrepreneurs, policy entrepreneurs and innovation intermediaries are involved in regime destruction to establish a more sustainable energy system; whether and how communities are benefiting from community energy programs and energy innovations; planning for energy transitions; how diversity and inclusion accelerates energy transitions.


  • PowerStream Chair in Sustainable Energy Economics
  • MITACS Accelerate (with Susan Wyse)
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (with Travis Gliedt) on Sustainable Energy Transitions on Linking Pro-environmental Behaviour to System Innovation
  • Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge Project (with Judith Lipp) • “From Community Power to Community Conservation: Motivating and Measuring Conservation Actions of a Captive Audience”
  • SSHRC Connections Grant (with Peter Victor and Ellie Perkins) on Sustaining the Commons: Ideas and Actions for a Green Economy

Selected Publications

Hoicka, C. E., & MacArthur, J. L. (2018). From Tip to Toes: Mapping Community Energy Models in Canada and New Zealand. Energy Policy, 121, 162–174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.06.002

Hoicka, C. E., & Parker, P. (2018). Assessing the adoption of the house as a system approach to residential energy efficiency programs. Energy Efficiency, 11(2), 295–313. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12053-017-9564-x

Gliedt, T., Hoicka, C. E., & Jackson, N. (2018). Innovation intermediaries accelerating environmental sustainability transitions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 174(10), 1247–1261. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.11.054

Gliedt, T., & Hoicka, C. E. (2015). Energy upgrades as financial or strategic investment? Energy Star property owners and managers improving building energy performance. Applied Energy, 147, 430–443. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.02.028

Hoicka, C. E., Parker, P., & Andrey, J. (2014). Residential energy efficiency retrofits: How program design affects participation and outcomes. Energy Policy, 65, 594–607. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.053

Hoicka, C. E., & Rowlands, I. H. (2011). Solar and wind resource complementarity: Advancing options for renewable electricity integration in Ontario, Canada. Renewable Energy, 36(1), 97–107. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2010.06.004