Shoshanna Saxe


Prof. Saxe investigates the relationship between the infrastructure we build and the society we create, with a particular focus on environmental sustainability. Our infrastructure systems are the skeletal structure of society; they drive how we live, work, consume and travel.  The need for quantitative understanding of the sustainable impact of infrastructure is pressing. Toronto alone will spend $40 billion in the next 10 years on infrastructure; globally $90 trillion will be spent within 15 years.

Prof. Saxe is an alumna of Action Canada, a member of the Transportation Research Board’s standing committee on Transportation and Sustainability, and sits on Waterfront Toronto’s Capital Peer Review Panel.

Education and Designations

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics from McGill (2007)
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT (2009)
  • PhD from the University of Cambridge in Engineering (2016) (Jesus College)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (2016)
  • PEng (Ontario)

Research Interests

Sustainable urban infrastructure

Mega infrastructure

Transit infrastructure

Urban material flows

Potential Students

Each year I admit MASc and PhD students for interdisciplinary research investigating civil infrastructure and sustainability. This research calls on methods from construction engineering, construction governance, structural engineering, geotechnics, transport engineering, industrial ecology, land use planning and data analysis. Interested candidates should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief research proposal (max 1 page). Candidates are strongly encouraged to google advice for effective proposal drafting. A strong introductory email is a great first step towards graduate school admission.

For 2018-2019 I am particularly recruiting candidates interesting in urban built environment material flow analysis.

Selected Publications

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  • Hui, N, Saxe, S., Roorda, M., Hess, P. and Miller E. J. (2018). "Measuring the completeness of complete streets", Transport Reviews, DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2017.1299815
  • Saxe, S, Miller, E. and Guthrie, P. (2017). "The greenhouse gas impact of the Sheppard Subway Line" Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol 51, March 2017, 261-271,
  • Widener, M. J., Saxe, S., Galloway, T. (2017). “The Relationship between Airport Infrastructure and Flight Arrivals in Remote Northern Canadian Communities”. Artic, Vol 70, No. 3. Pg 249-248, 
  • Xi, Y., Saxe, S. and Miller, E. (2016).“Accessing the Toronto Subway: Access by Mode and Catchment Area.” Transportation Research Record,No. 2543, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2016, pp. 52–61. DOI:


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
Fall 2018Thursday12:0015:00
CIV100HFall 2018Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
CIV1399H LEC0101
Fall 2018Tuesday14:0016:00

News Mentions

A crosswalk in Santiago, Chile (photo Mauro Mora via Unsplash)

U of T’s School of Cities to take urban research and collaboration to new heights

University of Toronto researchers have started to look for ways to leverage the School of Cities to connect with colleagues across the university to approach urban issues from multiple angles. There are a number of School of Cities initiatives in the works that will help to make those connections, including the Urban Genome Project, which brings… Read more »

Green infrastructure: New tool to help construction industry reduce carbon footprint

A team of researchers from U of T Engineering is partnering with the construction industry to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, bridges, public transit and other major infrastructure projects. “What we’re building is a decision-support tool that can be used in the early stages of design and planning,” says Professor Heather MacLean (CivE), one of… Read more »

Professor Shoshanna Saxe (CivE) analyses the environmental and social impact of large public transit infrastructure projects, informing policymakers as they decide which investments to make. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

Infrastructure’s impact: How public transit investments affect our environment

  This story originally appeared at U of T Engineering News The benefits of building public transit include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, relieving traffic congestion and expanding a growing city. Yet each transit project is unique, and predicting its future effectiveness is difficult. Professor Shoshanna Saxe (CivE) crunches the numbers on existing infrastructure to provide… Read more »


Shoshanna Saxe
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


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