Jonn Axsen

Associate Professor • Graduate Program Chair


  • BBA, Business Administration, First class honours, Simon Fraser University
  • MRM, Resource Management, Simon Fraser University
  • PhD, Transportation Technology and Policy, University of California, Davis

Updated CV (December 3, 2020)


Jonn Axsen employs interdisciplinary and mixed-method research approaches to identify solutions for today’s enormous environmental challenge: mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, of which almost a quarter arise from ground transportation. His research demonstrates that such solutions require an understanding of individual decision-making, social systems and culture, technology development, and public policy. As Associate Professor and Director of the Sustainable Transportation Research Team (START) at SFU, he applies a rigorous and comprehensive perspective to provide policy-relevant insights into sustainable transportation technology and practices, including electric vehicles and alternative forms of mobility, as well as other sustainable energy and environmental applications.

Professor Axsen has authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles since 2009, 12 of which have been cited more than 100 times each. With an h-index of 36 and over 4,000 citations, he places among the top ten most-cited “sustainable transportation” scholars globally (Google Scholar, Dec 2020). He publishes in top field journals and high-impact cross-disciplinary journals such as Nature Climate ChangeNature Sustainability, and Environmental Research Letters. He is Associate Editor of Energy Research & Social Science (Impact Factor = 5.5) and serves on the editorial committees of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment and the US National Academies’ Transportation Research Board. Professor Axsen has also published four book chapters, over 30 stakeholder reports and delivered over 100 academic presentations. A selection of his most notable journal articles include:

  1. A 2020 perspective piece on the policies needed to decarbonize road transportation globally (in Nature Climate Change)
  2. A 2019 synthesis of research on users of electric, shared and automated vehicles (one of the most downloaded in the journal).
  3. A 2018 review of "best practices" for social science research methods (most cited article in the journal).
  4. A 2018 review of evidence for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (one of the most cited article in the journal).
  5. A 2012 exploration of the role of social influence in electric vehicle adoption (award-winning, via the International Transport Forum).

Since receiving an “Outstanding PhD Dissertation in Transportation Technology and Policy” award and an Eno Fellowship for policy training in Washington DC in 2010, Professor Axsen’s groundbreaking research in sustainable transportation is attracting international attention. In 2011, he was selected (out of submissions from 22 countries) to receive the Young Researcher of the Year Award from the OECD’s International Transportation Forum for, in the words of German Parliamentary State Secretary Jan Mücke, “opening up a new perspective on how e-mobility can be promoted.” His research program has secured over $1.7 million in funding from national and international funding agencies and sponsors, including SSHRC, Translink, Tesla, NRCan, and the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions.

Jonn’s publications include:




Jonn joined REM in 2011 and teaches Ecological Economics (REM-321), Sustainable Transportation Management (REM-355) and Research Methods and Modeling for Social and Technical Sustainability for graduate students (REM-658).


Future courses may be subject to change.