Darius Ornston is Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto where he specializes in innovation policy, specifically the relationship between cooperation and economic change. His first book, When Small States Make Big Leaps, illustrates how those communities use cooperation to enter new, high-technology markets. In Good Governance Gone Bad, he demonstrates how the same, tight-knit networks which accelerate reform and restructuring can lead to policy overshooting, overinvestment, and economic crisis.
Since moving to Canada, Professor Ornston’s research has focused on how Canadian cities leverage cooperation, including the role of storytelling and their resilience to anchor firm collapse. With Dan Breznitz, Professor Ornston is also examining the design of innovation agencies, the political barriers to policy experimentation, and the revolutionary power of peripheral organizations. Their work on innovation policy has also been published by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the OECD.
As part of the Munk School’s Master of Global Affairs program, Professor Ornston teaches one section of “Global Innovation Policy” as well as two second-year seminars. In “The Political Economy of the Welfare State” students develop strategies for reforming big, slow-moving, highly politicized institutions. “Innovation and the City” examines the tools fiscally constrained local policymakers can use to shape innovation and regional economic development. In addition, he is also the lead instructor for the interdisciplinary undergraduate course, “Understanding Global Controversies.”
Darius Ornston and Lorena Camargo (2022). “The Large Firm Dilemma: Anchor Embeddedness and Regional Resilience.” Socio-Economic Review.
Michael Storper, J. Nicholas Ziegler, Antonio José Junqueira Botelho, and Darius Ornston (2022). “On Mariana Mazzucato’s Mission Economy: a Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, London, Allen Lane, 2021” Socio-Economic Review 20:3, 1501-1511
Darius Ornston (2021). “How Stories Shape Economic Development: Collective Narratives and High-technology Entrepreneurship in Waterloo, Canada.” Economic Geography 97:4, 390-410. The link and abstract are unchanged.
Dan Munro, Darius Ornston, and David Wolfe (2022). “Breaking Canada’s Innovation Inertia” Policy Options (25 May)
Dan Breznitz, Dan Munro, and Darius Ornston (2021). “The Innovation Imperative: Why Canada Needs to Think Local to Break Out of Its Low Innovation Equilibrium.” The Financial Post (4 March)
August 2, 2021 How Stories Shape Regional Development: Collective Narratives and High-Technology Entrepreneurship in Waterloo, CanadaDarius Ornston (Forthcoming). "How Stories Shape Regional Development: Collective Narratives and High-Technology Entrepreneurship in Waterloo, Canada" Economic Geography.
May 1, 2021 Denmark’s Response to COVID-19: A Participatory Approach to Policy Innovation
"Denmark’s Response to COVID-19: A Participatory Approach to Policy Innovation." Darius Ornston in Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King.
January 26, 2021 The Benefits of an Apathetic Anchor: Why Waterloo Adjusted Faster than Ottawa
Why do some communities bounce back from anchor firm collapse more quickly than others? This paper compares Ottawa and Waterloo.
November 1, 2018 Good Governance Gone Bad: When Nordic Adaptability Leads to Excess
Good Governance Gone Bad: When Nordic Adaptability Leads to Excess. Darius Ornston, Ithaca: Cornell University Press