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Christina E. Hoicka

York University
Email: cehoicka [at] yorku [period/dot] ca

Dr. Christina Hoicka is an Associate Professor at York University. She studies the diffusion of low-carbon and renewable energy innovations and their potential to impact socio-technical system change and benefit communities. She is interested in community energy, Indigenous equity ownership of renewable energy, the emergence and embedding of clusters of renewable and low-carbon innovations in communities, and in understanding how to accelerate the diffusion of low-carbon innovations with the potential to disrupt energy systems towards decarbonization, democratization and hardware decentralization.


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.

Media Coverage

Christina E. Hoicka shares how clusters of innovations can accelerate the low-carbon energy transition, “Disrupting the energy system,” (“Rompre avec les systèmes d’énergie existants“) Government of Canada SS and HRC. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. April 28, 2021.

Christina E. Hoicka’s research on the diffusion of multiple demand-side low-carbon innovations discussed with Markham Hislop, “Geeking out on innovation diffusion theory” Energi Talks, March 24, 2021.

Christina E. Hoicka interviewed by Markham Hislop, “Role of renewable energy for economic development in Indigenous communities” EnergiMedia, February 4, 2021.  

Christina E. Hoicka interviewed by CBC News, Rooftop solar power is on the rise, but Canada has yet to embrace its sunny ways” CBC News, February 5, 2021.

Katarina Savic and Christina Hoicka’s research, “Guest Blog: Post- COVID-19 Indigenous Economic Recovery – Reconciliation in the Energy Transition” Smart Prosperity Institute, January 21, 2021.

Maria-Louise McMaster, Christina E. Hoicka,Yuxu Zhao and Runa R. Das’s research, “Guest Blog: Accelerating a 1.5 °C Energy Transformation: Diffusion of Low-Carbon Innovations to Energy Users for the Smart Prosperity Institute” Smart Prosperity Institute, February 16, 2021. 

Christina Hoicka quoted by Eric Campell in the 60-Second Report: “Reconciliation and self-determination through renewable energy” Smart Prosperity: The Podcast, February 3, 2021.

Matthew Hoffmann, Christina Hoicka, Alision Kemper, Cheryl Teelucksinh’s research on, “COVID-19 recovery is chance to build greener, more inclusive society: Rebuilding efforts should aim to head off future climate crises” First Policy Response, June 1 2020. 

Christina E. Hoicka interviewed by Carlos Anchondo, “ENERGY TRANSITIONS From 75% coal to 50% renewables? Voters may decide, but coal to dominate – reportE&E News, October 22, 2019. 

Christina E. Hoicka in press conference, story by Andrea Germanos, “‘An Unprecedented Opportunity to Build Justice and Prosperity’: Canadian Coalition Launches Green New Deal InitiativeEco Watch, May 7 2019.