Shiri M. Breznitz, an economic geographer, specializes in innovation, technology commercialization, and regional economic development. Shiri is a professor and Director of Research at Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, an editor in Progress in Economic Geography, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Medicine By Design. She was appointed the Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation in July 2023. In addition, she is a board member of Monash University’s Better Governance and Policy research focus area and the Journal of Technology Transfer. Her research is at the critical intersection of theory and policy to fit the new realities of globalization: Professor Breznitz’s work has informed policymaking at the local, national, and international levels. She has advised on the role of universities in the larger story of innovation, on the economic impact of biotechnology and Intellectual Property, and on the role of clusters in driving innovation. Her current projects include a study on the economic impact of entrepreneurship education, the impact of gender and work experience on entrepreneurship, and a study on the Greater Toronto ecosystem of innovation.
Professor Breznitz’s book, “The Fountain of Knowledge” with Stanford University Press (July 2014), analyzes universities’ relationships with government and industry, focusing on the biotechnology industry as a case study. She has also co-edited the book, “University Technology Transfer: The Globalization of Academic Innovation,” with Routledge Press (September 2015). Professor Breznitz was a member of the Ontario Expert Panel on Intellectual Property, a member of the Ontario IP implementation panel and, in 2018, was a Co-PI on the University of Toronto Alumni Impact Survey.