The Munk School of Global Affairs is home to a wide range of researchers, teaching programs and international partnerships, all of which share a strong focus on innovation.

The existing strengths at the Munk School in the field of Innovation Policy are spread across a number of different centres and research programs, whose collective research and teaching initiatives describe a unique and exciting approach to the study of innovation.  The Innovation Policy Lab (IPL) will provide a new institutional home for these initiatives.

Bringing together teams of researchers from multiple schools and departments at the University of Toronto, as well as from other institutions in countries across the globe, the IPL focuses on core questions in a number of areas including innovation and growth, innovation and inequality, globalization and innovation, social innovation, new technologies and their impact on society, innovation in traditional industries, and arts and innovation. Since IPL’s aim is not only to advance basic research but also to effect change, they pay particular attention to the role of public policy in nurturing innovation, while at the same time enhancing its positive impacts on society and limiting its negative consequences.

The Lab will be directed by David Wolfe, Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy, and director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems at the Munk School of Global Affairs.


On Thursday, September 20, the Munk School held a seminar to celebrate the official opening of a new building for the Munk School. Check back soon for the webcast.

Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Munk School have been working together to develop new approaches to the study, practice, and application of innovation in the global south. Despite extraordinary economic growth, social development and technological innovation worldwide, hundreds of millions of people in the south have failed to benefit. While the developed world pushes cutting-edge innovations at the technological frontier, many continue to struggle with basic human challenges in securing health, energy, nutrition, sanitation, and economic opportunity. The distributive consequences of innovation have not been even, both within and among nations. This panel – featuring scholars affiliated with the Munk School – will discuss how we can harness what we already know and apply it in interactive ways with the needs of those living in the global south.


David Wolfe

Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy, Munk School of Global Affairs
Director, Innovation Policy Lab, and Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems


Dilip Soman

Director, India Innovation Institute
Corus Chair in Communication Strategy, Rotman School of Management

Janice Stein

Director, Munk School of Global Affairs
Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science

Joseph Wong

Director, Asian Institute
Professor & Canada Research Chair, Political Science