Shoshanna Saxe


Professor Shoshanna Saxe’s primary expertise is in life cycle greenhouse gas evaluation of rail infrastructure, including the impacts of construction, operation, influence on travel behaviour and interactions with land use. Her current research focuses on the intersection of mega infrastructure development and long-term sustainability goals. She carries out ex-post studies of working infrastructure to better-understand the complex ways large-scale civil infrastructure interacts with society.

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


Recruiting Now

I am recruiting MASc and PhD students for interdisciplinary research relating to ex-post studies of mega transportation infrastructure and environmental sustainability. This will include assessments of mega transport infrastructure’s environmental cost, environmental benefit, net impact and payback period.

The successful applicants will build on previous work examining:

  • The environmental cost of constructing, operating and maintaining new transportation infrastructure associated with material and energy use,
  • The environmental benefit of new transportation infrastructure, and
  • The environmental benefits of the transport-land use connection.

This research is interdisciplinary, calling on methods from construction engineering, construction governance, geotechnics, transport engineering, energy engineering, industrial ecology, accessibility analysis, land use planning and big data analysis.


  • 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,
  • Hui, N, Saxe, S., Roorda, M., Hess, P. and Miller E. J. (2017). "Measuring the completeness of complete streets", Transport Reviews, DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2017.1299815
  • Saxe, S. and Denman, S. (2017). “The greenhouse gas impacts of the Jubilee Line Extension ridership, London, UK”, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Transport, Volume 170 Issue 2, April, pp. 108-120. DOI:
  • 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:
  • Cochrane, K., Saxe, S., Roorda, M., and Shalaby, A. (2016). “Moving Freight on Public Transit: Best Practices, Challenges and Opportunities.” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
  • Saxe, S., Casey, G, Guthrie, G., Soga, K. and Cruickshank, H. (2016). “Greenhouse gas considerations in rail infrastructure in the UK”, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Engineering Sustainability, Volume 169 Issue 5, October 2016, pp. 171-180. DOI:
  • Saxe, S., Cruickshank, H, and Miller, E. (2015). “The greenhouse gas impact of the Sheppard Subway line ridership, Toronto, Canada,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Jan 2015, Vol. 2502, pp. 62-70. DOI:


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEnd
Fall 2017Tuesday13:0016:00
CIV100HFall 2017Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

News Mentions

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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