Zachary Spicer

Senior Policy Advisor, Governance and Structures, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Zachary Spicer recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University. He received his PhD in Political Science from The University of Western Ontario and completed post-doctoral fellowships with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a member of the Laboratory on Local Elections and also serves on LISPOP’s Management Board. His research has been featured in a number of academic journals, including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Public Administration. His first book, The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation will be released by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2016.

Select Publications

Spicer, Zachary. The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation. McGill-Queen’s University Press. May 2016.

 Spicer, Zachary. “A Patchwork of Participation: The Search for Community Representation in Post-Amalgamation Ontario.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 49, No. 1, March 2016.

McGregor, Michael and Zachary Spicer. “The Canadian Homevoter: Property Values and Municipal Politics in Canada.” Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol. 38, No. 1, January 2016.

Spicer, Zachary. “Cooperation, Coordination and Competition: Why Do Municipalities Participate in Economic Development Alliances?” Canadian Public Administration. Vol. 58, No. 4, December 2015.

Spicer, Zachary. “Regionalism, Municipal Organization and Inter-Local Cooperation in Canada.” Canadian Public Policy. Vol. 41, No. 2. June 2015.