Dr. Allison Bramwell
Allison Bramwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. She teaches courses in urban political systems, public administration, and community and economic development in both the M.P.A. and undergraduate programs. Her PhD in Political Science is from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in urban politics and public policy. Her current research focuses on collaborative urban governance and the political economy of economic transformation with an emphasis on workforce development policy and program implementation. A past Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs, she was part of a research team investigating the social dynamics that shape economic performance in Canadian city-regions. In addition to working as a policy consultant, Allison has given many domestic and international presentations and published studies in various policy areas such as local labour market planning and workforce development, the role of post-secondary institutions in regional economic development, and the interaction effect of innovation, creativity, and economic performance in urban regions. Recent work includes publications in Urban Affairs Review and Research Policy. Her co-edited book, Governing Urban Economies: Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City-Regions, is forthcoming in 2014.