Andrew Parkin

Director, Mowat Centre
Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Andrew Parkin is the Director of the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank located at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. The Mowat Centre undertakes collaborative applied policy research, proposes innovative research-driven recommendations, and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important policy issues. He is also an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Prior to joining the Mowat Centre, Andrew served as an independent public policy analyst and consultant, providing strategic advice, issue analysis and policy research to a variety of national and international clients in the areas of education and skills development, social and economic policy and public opinion research. He has previously held a variety of senior positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada. Andrew has convened, informed and led national and international discussions on a wide range of public policy issues and acted as an authoritative public spokesperson on education, federalism and the Canadian political community in both official languages.

A political sociologist by background, he completed his post-doctorate at Dalhousie University, his Ph.D. at the University of Bradford (U.K.), and his B.A. (Honours) at Queen’s University. He has received several academic honours, including a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications on Canadian public policy.

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