David A. Wolfe

Professor, Political Science and Co-Director, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)

David A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Professor Wolfe’s research interests include the political economy of technological change, the evolving digital economy, and the role of local and regional economic development, with special reference to Canada and Ontario. Previously, Professor Wolfe held the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy at the University of Toronto. He also served as national coordinator for the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was the Principal Investigator on two Major Collaborative Research Initiative grants. In 2014, he was awarded a major new SSHRC Partnership Grant on Creating Digital Opportunity: Canada’s ICT Industry in Global Perspective that runs to 2020.

Professor Wolfe holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from Carleton University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He has served as Executive Coordinator for Economic and Labour Policy in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario, and was a research associate in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Program on Law and the Determinants of Social Ordering. Professor Wolfe has also been a member of the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs Program, and has acted as an advisor to the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, the Ontario Premier’s Council, the E-Business Opportunities Roundtable and the Electronic Commerce Task Force of Industry Canada, National Research Council, LEED Program of the OECD, the Ontario Panel on the Role of Government, the Ontario Research and Innovation Council, DG Regio of the European Commission, and the Toronto Region Research Alliance. He was the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence for the Conference Board of Canada in 2008 to2009.

Professor Wolfe is editor or co-editor of 10 books and numerous scholarly articles and public policy reports. His most recent book, co-edited with Meric Gertler, is Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity and Governance in Canadian City-Regions from University of Toronto Press, published in 2016. His publications have appeared in The Nation State in a Global Information Era, Innovation and Social Learning: Institutional Adaptation in an Era of Technological Change, Taking Public Universities Seriously, and Global Networks and Local Linkages, among many others.

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