David Wolfe

Co-director, Professor
Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Dr. 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. 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. He has just been awarded a major new SSHRC Partnership Grant on Creating Digital Opportunity: Canada’s ICT Industry in Global Perspective that runs from 2014 to 2020. Prof. Wolfe has published extensively on cluster dynamics and related knowledge-based economic development. 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 Innovating in Urban Economies: Economic Transformation in Canadian City-Regions and a companion volume, Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Talent and Governance in Canadian City-Regions is currently in press. Prof. Wolfe holds a BA and MA in political science from Carleton University, and a PhD from the University of Toronto.