Dr. Christina Hoicka is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She has degrees in engineering, ecological economics, and human geography, and conducts social science research. She is an expert in the diffusion of renewable energy and low-carbon innovations in communities. More specifically, she is a leading expert in evaluating voluntary adoption and outcomes of energy efficiency programs for buildings (commercial and residential); local energy systems; the logic and architecture, or the required social and technical elements, of a renewable energy transition and increasing renewable energy integration into electricity grids; and democratic forms of renewable energy governance and ownership, such as such as multi-stakeholder smart grids. She is also an expert in understanding the diffusion of a range of low-carbon innovations into communities that includes, but is not limited to: electric vehicles, solar panels, complementarity of solar and wind energy, energy use information and automation, and micro-grids. She has recently published on the Green New Deal in Canada and Renewable Energy Communities under the new European Clean Energy Package. She is Chair of the Steering Committee and co-founder of Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) Network.
Christina Hoicka is a Research Partner in the Greening Growth Partnership and The Economics & Environmental Policy Research Network.