Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. We need multifaceted approaches to address it-including better urban planning. As Canada Research Chair in Urban Planning for Climate Change, Dr. Christina Hoicka is trying to address three important socio-technical challenges for urban areas making the transition to renewable energy sources.
She and her research team are focusing on how to implement clusters of renewable and low-carbon innovations, how to engage with surrounding regions and communities as part of their planning processes, and how to address societal acceptance, justice and transformation for affected communities. They aim to improve our understanding of the geographic, participatory and justice aspects of energy and sustainability transitions. Ultimately, their work will provide invaluable tools and knowledge to help urban areas and affected communities achieve a just transition to renewable energy.