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Darius Ornston

Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies




1 Devonshire Place, Room 359S


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, comparative politics, and Nordic Europe. His first book, When Small States Make Big Leaps, illustrates how these communities use cooperation to enter high-technology markets. In Good Governance Gone Bad, Dr. Ornston demonstrates how the same, tight-knit networks that accelerate restructuring can also lead to policy overshooting and overinvestment. His research on innovation policy, economic development, and policy experimentation has been published by Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Governance, Industrial and Corporate Change, the OECD, Review of Policy Research, Socio-Economic Review, West European Politics, and the World Bank. He is currently examining how local actors can promote innovation and, with Dan Breznitz, the design and impact of innovation agencies. Before arriving at the Munk School, Dr. Ornston worked at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Political Science in 2009.

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