IC3 Member named Canada Research Chair in energy transitions

Monday, June 24, 2019

Juan Moreno-Cruz posing for a headshot photoJuan Moreno-Cruz is an associate professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development, University of Waterloo. His research involves the interaction of energy systems, technological change, and climate policy. Moreno-Cruz’s most recent work provides a look into the process of energy transitions by showing how access to energy affects the organization of the economy in cities, and the way energy consumption pollutes the environment.

Moreno-Cruz has been named a Canada Research Chair as part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is a Tier 2 Chair, a position dedicated to assistant or associate professors who are recognized by their peers as an exceptional emerging scholar with the potential to lead in their field. Moreno-Cruz will receive $100,000 annually over the course of five years to fund research efforts. 

“It is an honor to receive this award. With it comes great responsibility that I take seriously. Having a CRC allows me to focus on my research on energy transitions, a topic that is more urgent now than ever due to the imminent risks of climate change and their potential to disrupt our way of living. Relatedly, but even more fundamental, this CRC allows me to recruit and train graduate students to work in this area and go on to become excellent researchers themselves.”- Moreno-Cruz

The Canada Research Chairs program stems from Canada’s strategy to be a leading country in research and development. The program helps to strengthen Canada’s competitiveness on an international level by supporting the next generation of highly skilled scholars.

Congratulations Juan and we wish you the very best with your future research and as a Canada Research Chair!

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