Professor Shoshanna Saxe

Assistant Professor

  Environmental Section


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Shoshannna Saxe, PhD
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

Office: GB213a


Research Interests

  • Sustainable urban infrastructure
  • Mega infrastructure
  • Rail

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)


Course Code Title & Description Instructor Session Day(s) Start Time End Location(s)

Prof. Shoshanna Saxe & Prof. Richard Stren Fall 2017 Tuesday 13:00 16:00 SF 1009
CIV100H Prof. Tamer El-Diraby, Edvard Bruun, Prof. Oya Mercan, Prof. Jeffrey Packer, Prof. Daman Panesar, Prof. Shoshanna Saxe, Kyle Tousignant, Prof. Kaiwen Xia Fall 2017 Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

    CIV100      Mechanics

Recruiting PhD and MASc students for research in mega transportation infrastructure and sustainability

I am recruiting 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.


My research interests focus at the intersection of mega infrastructure development and long-term sustainability goals. My main 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. I carry out ex-post studies of in development and working infrastructure to better understand the complex ways large-scale civil infrastructure interacts with society.


  • 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: