Staff and collaborators from a wide variety of backgrounds contribute to the Institute’s work. From faculty to visiting positions to post-docs to graduate students to undergraduates, the MPI brings together top talent in its efforts to research, educate, and advise.

Our Thinkers

Our Team

Our Research Affiliates

Ajay K. Agrawal
Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship
Faculty Research Fellow, NBER
Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

Nadia Amoroso
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
University of Toronto

Daniel Araya
Research Fellow
Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yves Bourgeois
Centre pour l’innovation et la productivité (CIP) / Centre for Innovation and Productivity (CIP)
Associate professor in economics, Université de Moncton

Shauna Brail
Director, Urban Studies Experiential Learning Program
Lecturer, Urban Studies
University of Toronto

Taylor Brydges
Doctoral Student
Department of Social and Economic Geography
Uppsala University

Mark Brown
Senior Research Economist
Micro-Economic Analysis Division
Statistics Canada

Nick Clifton
Senior Lecturer in Regional Development
Creative Leadership & Enterprise Centre
Cardiff School of Management
University of Wales Institute – Cardiff (UWIC)

Tijs Creutzberg, Ph.D.
Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Assistant Professor
School of Policy, Planning and Development
University of Southern California

Charles Davis
Rogers Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship
School of Radio and Television Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design
Entrepreneurship & Strategy Group
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Richard DiFrancesco
Director, Urban Studies Program, Innis College
Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Programme in Planning
University of Toronto

Betsy Donald
MCIP Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Queen’s University

Damian A. Dupuy
Manager, Innovation Research & Policy
Strategic Planning & Policy Branch
Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

Alessandra Faggian
Reader (Associate Professor) in Economic Geography
RSAIBIS Treasurer
University of Southampton School of Geography
Visiting Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
The Ohio State University

Todd Gabe
Associate Professor
School of Economics
University of Maine

Gary J. Gates
Senior Research Fellow
The Williams Institute
UCLA School of Law

Meric S. Gertler
President, University of Toronto
Professor & Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies
Department of Geography & Planning
University of Toronto

Jill L. Grant
School of Planning
Dalhousie University

Charles Hostovsky
City & Regional Planning Program
School of Architecture and Planning
The Catholic University of America

Brian J. Hracs
Lecturer in Human Geography
Geography and Environment
University of Southampton

Alison Kemper
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Brian Knudsen
Ph.D. candidate,
Carnegie Mellon University

Dieter F. Kogler
School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy
University College Dublin

Deborah Leslie
Professor & Canada Research Chair in Cultural Economy
Department of Geography & Planning
University of Toronto

José Lobo
Associate Research Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

Anne Lorentzen
Professor, Department of Development & Planning
Aalborg University

Peter Maskell

Professor, MSc, Ph.D., Dr.Merc.
DRUID Director
Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Anita M. McGahan
Associate Dean and Director of the PhD Program
Rotman Chair in Management
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

Zachary P. Neal
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Global Urban Studies Program
Michigan State University

Teresa de Noronha
President, Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO)
Professor of Regional Economics and Economics of Innovation
University of Algarve, Portugal

Mark Partridge
Co-Editor of the Journal of Regional Science
Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy and Professor
Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Ohio State University

Andrey N. Petrov
Assistant Professor, Director, ARCSES Lab
Assistant Director, GeoTREE Center
Department of Geography
University of Northern Iowa

Peter W. B. Phillips
Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan

Naomi Pope, Ph.D.
Manager, Economic Analysis
Economic Competitiveness Division
Ministry of Technology, Trade and Economic Development
Government of British Columbia

Norma Rantisi
Associate Professor
Concordia University

Jason Rentfrow
Lecturer in Social and Developmental Psychology
Faculty of Social & Political Sciences
University of Cambridge

Kathrine Richardson
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
San Jose State University

Camille (Cami) D. Ryan
Professional Research Associate, GELS
Total Utilization Flax Genomics (TUFGEN)
Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
University of Saskatchewan

Iwona Sagan
Head, Department of Economic Geography and
Head, Research and Education Centre for Urban Socio-Economic Development
University of Gdansk

Daniel Silver
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Toronto

David R. Smith
Smith Advisory Services Inc.

Olav Sorenson, Ph.D.
Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Strategic Management
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

William C. Strange
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

Deborah A. Strumsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Daniel Trefler
J. Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research
Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity
Professor of Business Economics
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

Christian Unverzagt
Design Director

Tara Vinodrai
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Environmental Management
& Centre for Environment and Business
University of Waterloo

Wendy Waters, Ph.D.
Manager, Analysis & Research Services
GWL Realty Advisors Inc.
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David Wolfe
Co-Director, Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS)
Munk School on Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Professor of Political Science
University of Toronto at Mississauga