Local IDEAs

Local Indicator Database for Economic Analysis

Creative Economy Employment in the US, Canada and the UK

I co-authored a report recently published by Nesta that compares the ‘creative economy’ employment in the US, UK and Canada. You can read the highlights and download the report here. … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creative & cultural workers are the most networked workers

I am very pleased to announce that my most recent article is now published in the International Journal of Creative and Cultural Industries. The article contrasts the work arrangements, social … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cultivating creativity in the countryside – from rural Ontario to PyeongChang, Korea

During the week of October 19th I was honored to give a seminar at the Academy of Korean Studies on the rural creative economies in Prince Edward County and Muskoka. … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Canada’s Urban Competitiveness Agenda

With the assistance of the research team at the Martin Prosperity Institute, Richard Florida and I wrote a report on the competing development models that characterize the Canadian economy. One … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Research on the impact of Nortel’s demise on the Ottawa-Gatineau ICT cluster

On August 21, 2015 along with my colleague from University College Dublin, Dieter Kogler, I presented preliminary research on the impact of Nortel’s demise on the Ottawa-Gatineau ICT cluster at … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Main Street LRT will help preserve Brampton’s heritage, not destroy it

I grew up in Brampton not far from Main Street where the new LRT is proposed to be built. As the fifth generation of my family to live in Brampton … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Knowledge neighbourhoods

My most recent paper examines the link between urban form and the production of knowledge in contrasting economic sectors. Below is the paper abstract and link to the full paper. … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Migration and increasing inequality

Balancing economic growth between regions can be tricky business. Local trajectories have a great deal to do with momentum and thus can be difficult to alter. Inter-regional migration is a dynamic that tends to … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Education and inequality between Canadian cities

The widely accepted growth model for developed countries in the 21st century is about achieving advantage based on creativity, innovation and knowledge. In a global economic system cost cannot be the main … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where to draw the line on inequality?

Inequality has re-emerged in the public discourse after a long hiatus. Massive structural changes in the economy to a more global knowledge-based system has disrupted previous sources of prosperity and … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Executive Summary This report examines a wide range of factors that support technological innovation and entrepreneurship in major Canadian city-regions with a special focus on urban areas in Ontario. The … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cluster Atlas of Canada

Report Highlights This report identifies where the major industrial clusters exist within Canada and provides indicators of their relative performance. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive overview of the … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Spatial Scale of Innovation

This report was commissioned by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. It mainly examines the geography of patenting activity in Ontario and the spatial relationships between co-inventors. The lead … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

ANALYSIS – Ontario’s Urban Election

If “all politics are local” and “its about the economy, stupid”, then elections are about economic geography. The Ontario election last week was no exception. The Liberal Party won a … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Changing Economic Structure of Canadian Cities

In 2012 Consider Canada commissioned Local IDEAs to prepare a series of reports on its 11 member city-regions. This set of profiles provide an account of how the structure of … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

OPINION – Ontario’s Urban Election

Ontario is a province divided. Yesterday’s election underscores very real and troubling schisms between local communities. While much of the election narrative focused on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Sociocultural Dynamics of Creativity and Innovation

Executive Summary Innovation is key to Ontario’s future economic prosperity and competitiveness. The province’s innovative capacity is based on the skills and talents of its workers. The purpose of this … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The University and the City

On May 29, 2014 Meric Gertler, the President of the University of Toronto, gave a speech to the Toronto Board of Trade outlining his vision for how the relationship between the … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

OPINION – No Life on MaRS?

News broke today about a possible scandal involving the Liberal Government and the MaRS Discovery District, a science and technology incubator located in Toronto. The story (being put forth by the Conservative Party) is … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Geography of the Creative Process

Much of my work is about understanding the role of location in the creative process and how it pertains to the economy. This paper published in the Journal of Economic … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 2 Comments
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