Working papers

Sovacool, B., J. Axsen, and J. Urry (Under review). Functional, symbolic and societal frames for Automobility: Implications for sustainability transitions, Submitted to Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

Lajevari, M., J. Axsen, and C. Crawford (Under review). Examining the natural gas role for mitigating CO2 emissions of Class 8 trucks: Modeling realistic cases with road grades of British Columbia, Submitted to Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

Axsen, J, J. Cairns, S. Goldberg and N. Dusyk (Draft). The role of lifestyle in consumer response to plug-in electric vehicles, Submitted to Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

Wolinetz, M., J. Axsen, J. Peters, and C. Crawford (Under Review), Simulating the value of vehicle-grid integration for intermittent renewable deployment using a behaviourally-realistic model, submitted to Nature Energy.


Sykes, M., and J. Axsen (2017). No free ride to zero-emissions: Simulating a region’s need to implement its ownzero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate to achieve 2050 GHG targets, Energy Policy, 110, 447-460.

Schmitt, M., L. Aknin, J. Axsen and R. Shwom (2018). Unpacking the relationships between pro-environmental behavior, life satisfaction, and perceived ecological threat,  Ecological Economics, 143, 130-140.

Dusyk, N., J. Axsen and K. Dullemond (2017).Who cares about climate change? The mass media and socio-political acceptance of Canada’s oil sands and Northern Gateway Pipelinessil fuels: The absence of climate dialogue in Canada’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, Energy Research & Social Science, 37, 12-21.

Pettifor, H., C. Wilson, J. Axsen, W. Abrahamse, and J. Anable (2017). Social influence on vehicle choice: A synthesis and meta-analysis of empirical studies,  Journal of Transport Geography.

Melton, N., J. Axsen, and S. Goldberg (2017). Evaluation plug-in electric vehicle policies and progress toward decarbonizing passenger vehicles in Canada,  Energy Policy.

Axsen, J., B. Langman and S. Goldberg (2017). Confusion of Innovations: Mainstream consumer perceptions and misperceptions of electric-drive vehicles and charging programs in Canada, Energy Research & Social Science, 27, 163-173.

Fox, J., J. Axsen and M. Jaccard (2017). Picking winners: Assessing the costs of technology-specific climate policy for U.S. passenger vehiclesEcological Economics, 137.

Rhodes, E., Axsen, J. and M. Jaccard (2017). Exploring Citizen Support for Different Types of Climate Policy. Ecological Economic, 137.

Wolinetz, M. and Axsen, J. (2017). How policy can build the plug-in electric vehicle market: Insights from the respondent-based preferences and constraints (REPAC) modelTechnology Forecasting and Social Change.


Axsen, J., S. Goldberg and N. Melton (2016). Canada’s Electric Vehicle Policy Report Card, prepared with the Metcalf Foundation, November 15, 2016.

Axsen, J., S. Goldberg, and J. Bailey. (2016). How might potential future plug-in electric vehicle buyers differ from current “Pioneer” owners?. Transportation Research Part D 47 (2016) 357-370.

Melton, N., J. Axsen, and D. Sperling (2016). Moving beyond alternative fuel hype to decarbonized transport. Nature Energy, DOI: 10.1038.


Bailey, J. H. and, J. Axsen (2015). Anticipating consumer acceptance of utility controlled charging for plug-in vehicles, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 82, 29-46.

Axsen, J., J. H. Bailey, and M. Castro (2015). Preference and lifestyle heterogeneity among potential plug-in electric vehicle buyersEnergy Economics, 50, 190-201.

Axsen, J. (2015). In climate policy, can public ignorance be bliss? Policy Options, January 2015.

Bailey, H., A. Miele, and J. Axsen (2015). Is awareness of public charging associated with consumer interest in plug-in electric vehicles? Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 36, 1-9.
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Rhodes, E., J. Axsen and M. Jaccard (2015). Gauging citizen support for a low carbon fuel standardEnergy Policy, 79, 104-114.


Axsen, J. (2014). Citizen acceptance of new fossil fuel infrastructure: Value theory and Canada’s Northern Gateway PipelineEnergy Policy, 75, 255-265.

Rhodes, E., J. Axsen and M. Jaccard (2014). Does effective climate policy require well-informed citizen support? Global Environmental Change. 29, 92-104.

Wolinetz, M. and J. Axsen (2014). The Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirement Regulation: Current Impacts and Future Potential of British Columbia’s Transportation Fuel Regulation, Report, Prepared by Navius Research for public release, August, 2014.

Wolinetz, M. and J. Axsen (2014). B.C. clean fuel regulation works: Let’s keep it clean, clear cut and strong (Op-Ed)Vancouver Sun, September 24, 2014.

Cusack, D., J. Axsen, R. Shwom, L. Hartzell-Nichols, S. White, K. Mackey (2014). Assessing climate engineering solutions as complements to mitigation: An interdisciplinary framework. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(5), 280-287.

Axsen, J., and K.S. Kurani (2014). Social influence and pro-environmental behavior: The reflexive layers of influence frameworkEnvironment and Planning B, 41(5), 847-862.