John Britton, Emeritus Professor

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Home Campus:
U of T St. George

PhD:
University of London (LSE), UK (1966

Other Degrees:
MA University of Sydney, Australia (1960)
BA University of Melbourne, Australia (1963)

Contact Information:

Phone:     (416) 978-1595
Location: Room 5020, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     britton@geog.utoronto.ca

Research Interests:

  • Canadian industrial development
  • Foreign ownership and its impacts
  • Industrial innovation, and trade liberalization
  • Research targets – the development of industrial networks and clusters in the Toronto region, especially among new media firms.

Selected Publications:

  • Britton, J. N. H., D.-G. Tremblay, and R. Smith. 2009. Contrasts in Clustering: The Example of Canadian New Media. European Planning Studies 17: 211-234.
  • Britton, J. N. H. 2007. Path dependence and cluster adaptation – A case study of Toronto’s new media industry. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 7: 272-297.
  • Britton, J. N. H. and G. Legare. 2005. Clustering and the digital economy: New media in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Regional Science 28: 329-349.
  • Britton, J. N. H. and G. Legare. 2005. Cluster evolution: the relevance of path dependence for Toronto’s multimedia cluster. In Global Networks and Local Linkages: The Paradox of Cluster Development in an Open Economy, eds. D. Wolfe and M. Lucas. McGill–Queen’s Press with School of Policy Studies.
  • Britton, J. N. H. 2004. High Technology Localization and Extra-Regional Networks. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 16: 369-390.
  • Britton, J. N. H. and G. Legare. 2004. Clustered beginnings: anatomy of multimedia in Toronto. In Clusters in a Cold Climate, eds. D. Wolfe and M. Lucas. McGill–Queen’s Press with School of Policy Studies.
  • Britton, J. N. H. 2003. Network structure of an industrial cluster: electronics in Toronto. Environment and Planning A 35: 983-1006.
  • Britton, J. N. H. 2002. Regional Implications of North American Integration: A Canadian Perspective on High Technology Manufacturing. Regional Studies 36: 359-374.
  • Britton, J. N. H. 2002. Free Trade and the High-technology Response: A Regional Innovation System Perspective on Toronto. In Knowledge, Clusters and Regional Innovation: Economic Development in Canada, eds. A. Holbrook and D. Wolfe. Kingston: Queen’s-McGill Press with School of Policy Studies.