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Michele Mastroeni

Assistant Professor, OCAD University

205 Richmond St. W., Toronto

Michele has been involved with innovation research and policy over the last 10 years, beginning with his PhD at the University of Toronto.

As tenure track faculty at OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, his research agenda explores innovation systems, innovation policy, and the application of design principles and evidence-based solutions to solving the challenges faced therein. His approach is multi-disciplinary, and influenced by his practical policy and applied research experience.

Before moving to OCAD University, he worked with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and the Conference Board of Canada after returning from the UK after 7 years.

While in the UK, he was a Senior Analyst at RAND Europe, Research Fellow at the Innogen Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and Research Fellow at the Kingston Business School (UK). He worked on the social, political and economic challenges facing innovation and its applications, working closely with government, industry and civil society stakeholders to better develop widely accepted policy and business solutions.

Before moving to the UK he was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario, Canada, where he managed research funding programs, and provided policy advice on various issues.

Selected Publications

  • Mastroeni, M. and Rosiello, A. (2016) “Regional Industrial Development: Moving Beyond Specialisation,” in Beyond Financial Regulation: Financing Industrial Policy, with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Rosiello, A., Mastroeni, M., Castle, D. and Phillips, P. (2015) “Clusters, Technological Districts and Smart Specialisation: an Empirical Analysis of Policy Implementation Challenges”, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 19, Nos. 5/6.
  • Mastroeni, M., Tait, J. and Rosiello, A. (2013) “Regional Innovation Policies in a Globally Connected Environment,” Science and Public Policy, Vol 40, No. 1.