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Cities’ Roles in Knowledge Economy Focus of Prestigious Canadian Award

May 07, 2008

The Conference Board of Canada earlier this week named David Wolfe, professor of political science and co-director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the University of Toronto Mississauga's Centre for International Studies, as its fifth Scholar in Residence. Begun in 2005, the board’s prestigious scholar-in-residence program so far has focused on broader national issues such as regulatory reform and an emerging new federalism. Dr. Wolfe’s appointment recognizes the national importance of TBED-related research and policies for Canada’s continued growth and competitiveness.

Through his individual and collaborative publications and PROGRIS projects such as the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) and the Ontario Network for Regional Innovation Systems (ONRIS), Dr. Wolfe has made considerable contributions to international academicians’ and practitioners’ understanding of the evolving and varied roles of regions, cities and clusters in innovation and creativity. Dr. Wolfe also has presented at SSTI’s annual conference on numerous occasions, each time ranking among the highest rating sessions by conference participants.
 
For the one-year residency, which begins this September, the board’s press release states Dr. Wolfe will continue to explore the economic dynamics of innovation, the social dynamics of innovation, and the mechanisms of political governance for cities in a knowledge-based economy. He will also examine innovative transformations of older city-regions.
 
In addition to undertaking research, Dr. Wolfe will collaborate with staff at the Conference Board throughout the year and present a lecture of his research findings in May 2009. The program will culminate with the publication of a book in the fall of 2009 ­ the third in the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence series.
 
More information about Dr. Wolfe, PROGRIS, ISRN and ONRIS is available at: http://www.utoronto.ca/progris/about_us/Wolfe/Wolfe_Bio.html The free ONRIS newsletter and the papers and publications released as part of ISRN’s projects should be of value to Digest readers interested in understanding regional innovation system theory and policy/practice.

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