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Christina Hoicka

Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
York University
United States of America


I take an interdisciplinary approach to research by combining my knowledge of human geography, ecological economics and engineering. I conduct research on learning and decision-making at different scales (policy, household, commercial, organizations, etc.) that will contribute to adopting the technologies, lifestyles and behaviours needed for a transition to a sustainable energy system and sustainable communities. I have conducted research on: adoption of clean energy technologies; teaching a house as a system approach to improve energy performance; household engagement with smart grids; participation in community-based energy efficiency programs; and renewables integration into the electricity grid.

Research Interest

"Community energy planning Adoption of clean energy technology and pro-environmental behaviours Innovation in energy services and systems Renewables integration into electricity grid Adoption of bioenergy"


  • Hoicka, C. E. And Parker, P. (2012) “Effectiveness of Advice Giving Strategies during Home Energy Evaluations.” Annual Meeting of Canadian Association of Geographers, Waterloo, Ontario, May 31, 2012.

  • Hoicka CE, Parker P, Andrey J (2014) Residential energy efficiency retrofits: How program design affects participation and outcomes. Energy Policy 65:594–607. 

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