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Christina E. Hoicka

University of Victoria

Based in

North America

Christina Hoicka is a Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria. She studies the diffusion of low-carbon and renewable energy innovations for societal transformation. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Geography. She conducts inter-and transdisciplinary research, currently combining the fields of energy geography, sustainability transitions and regional studies. Her current research is focused on understanding the emergence of clusters of low-carbon and renewable energy innovations and energy citizenship.

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Hoicka CE, Conroy J, Berka AL. 2021. “Reconfiguring actors and infrastructure in city renewable energy transitions: A regional perspective,” Energy Policy. 2021;158:112544.

Wyse SM, Das RR, Hoicka CE, Zhao Y, McMaster M-L. 2021. “Investigating Energy Justice in Demand-Side Low-Carbon Innovations in Ontario,” Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. 2021;3:75.

Hoicka, C. E., Lowitzsch, J., Brisbois, M.C., Kumar, A., Ramirez Camargo, L., (2021) “Implementing a just renewable energy transition: Policy advice for transposing the new European rules for renewable energy communities.” Energy Policy. (156) 112435.

Hoicka, C. E., Das, R.R., Zhao, Y., McMaster, M.-L. Lieu, J., and Wyse, S. (2021). “Methodology to Identify Demand-Side Low-Carbon Innovations and Their Potential Impact on Socio-Technical Energy Systems.” MethodsX. (8)

Hoicka, C.E., Savic, K., Campney, A. (2021). “Reconciliation through renewable energy? A survey of Indigenous communities, involvement, and peoples in Canada”. Energy Research & Social Science. 74, 101897.

Hoicka, CE, Das, R. (2021) “Viewpoint: Ambitious deep energy retrofits of buildings to accelerate the 1.5C energy transition in Canada“. The Canadian Geographer. 65 (1) 116-127

Hoicka, C. E., Zhao, Y., McMaster, M.-L.Das, R.R., (2021) “Modelling demand-side low-carbon innovations and their potential to impact on socio-technical energy systems“. Report to the Energy Modelling Initiative.

Hoicka, C.E., Das, R.R., McMaster, M.L., Zhao, Y, Wyse, S., Lieu, J. (2021). “Diffusion of Multiple Demand-Side Low-Carbon Innovations in a 1.5°C Energy Transition”. Smart Prosperity Institute Working Paper. 65(1): 116–127.

Savic, K., Hoicka, C.E. (2021). “Reconciliation and self-determination through renewable energy? The perspective of economic development corporations of grid-connected First Nations communities” Report prepared for Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI).

Conroy, J., Hoicka, C.E. (2020). “Planning 100% Renewable Energy Urban Cities, Global Status and Solutions”. Report prepared for Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR).

Hoicka, C. E., Lowitzsch, J., Brisbois, M. C., Kumar, A., Ramirez Camargo (2020) “Implementing a just renewable energy transition: policy advice for transposing the new European rules for Renewable Energy Communities”. SSRN.

MacArthur, J, Hoicka, CE, Castleden, H. Das, R. Lieu, J. (2020) “Perspective: Forging Canada’s Green New Deal: The Socio-political Foundations of Climate Resilient Infrastructure?” Energy research and social science. 65. 101442

Lowitzsch J, Hoicka CE, van Tulder F. (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, 122, 109489.

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.

Gliedt, T., Hoicka, C. E., & Jackson, N. (2018). “Innovation intermediaries accelerating environmental sustainability transitions“. Journal of Cleaner Production, 174(10), 1247–1261.