Professor David Wolfe

Professor David Wolfe

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Toronto, M.A., Carleton University, B.A., Carleton University 



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David A. Wolfe is a Professor of Political Science at UTM and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy at the University of Toronto. He has been the Principal Investigator on two Major Collaborative Research Initiatives funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the first on Innovation Systems and Economic Development: The Role of Local and Regional Clusters in Canada and the second on Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions. In 2014, he was awarded a major new SSHRC Partnership Grant on Creating Digital Opportunity: Canada’s ICT Industry in Global Perspective that runs until 2020. 


Prof. Wolfe has published extensively on cluster dynamics, local and urban innovation, and related knowledge-based economic development, including university-industry relations. He was also the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence at the Conference Board of Canada in 2008-2009 and published 21st Century Cities in Canada: The Geography of Innovation in that capacity. In addition, he is the editor or co-editor of ten books and numerous scholarly articles. His most recent book is Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity and Governance in Canadian City-Regions, co-edited with Meric Gertler, published by University of Toronto Press in 2016.