Shiri M. Breznitz, Associate Professor


Administrative Position:
Director, Master of Global Affairs Program, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Cross Appointments:
Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Contact Information:

Room 368S, 1 Devonshire Place
Phone: 416-946-5225


Research Interests:

  • Economic geography: innovation, technology, commercialization
  • Regional economic development

Shiri M. Breznitz, an economic geographer, specializes in innovation, technology commercialization, and regional economic development. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Monash University’s Better Governance and Policy research focus area and the Ontario IP implementation panel. 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, the geography of crowdfunding, and a study on the Greater Toronto ecosystems 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 and, in 2018, was a Co-PI on the University of Toronto Alumni Impact Survey.

Selected Publications:

Noonan, D. S., Breznitz, S. M., and Maqbool, S. 2020. “Looking for a Change in Scene: Analyzing the Mobility of Crowdfunding Entrepreneurs.” Small Business Economics.

Breznitz, S. M., and Noonan, D. S. 2020. “Crowdfunding in a Not-So-Flat World.” Journal of Economic Geography. 20 (4): 1069–1092.

Zhang, Q., Clayton, P. A. and Breznitz, S. M. 2019. “The Hope Fulfilled? Measuring Research Performance of Universities in the Economic Crisis.” International Regional Science Review. Published online: August 22, 2019. doi:10.1177/0160017619869788

Small Business Economics.

Breznitz, S. M. and Zhang, Q. 2019. “Fostering the Growth of Student Start-ups from University Accelerators: An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Perspective.” .Industrial and Corporate Change. 28(4): 855–873.

Breznitz, S. M. and Kenney, M. 2018. Can the “Public” Endure in the Public Research Universities? A Challenge for America’s Research Enterprise. Issues in Science and Technology. Spring 2018.

Breznitz, S. M. and Noonan, D. S., 2018. “Planting the Seed to Grow Local Creative Industries: Cultural Districts’ and Arts Schools’ Impacts on Supply and Demand.” Environment and Planning A. first published online: May 15, 2018.

Silvestre, B., I. McCarthy., A. Von Nordenflycht., and S. M. Breznitz., 2018. “A Typology of University Research Park Strategies: What Parks Do and Why it Matters.” Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 47:110-122.

Breznitz, S. M., Clayton, P. A., Defazio, D. and Isett, K. R. 2018. “Have you been served? Have you been served? The impact of university entrepreneurial support on start-ups’ network formation.” Journal of Technology Transfer. 43(2): 343-367.

Finardi, U. and S. M. Breznitz. 2017. “Factors Affecting University Commercialization: Evidence from Italy.” Ekonomiaz N.º 92, 2.º semestre.

Baker, P.M.A., Breznitz, S., Seavey, A., and Bujak, K. 2015. “21st Century Universities as Drivers for Innovation:  The Dimensions of Learning, Research, and Collaboration,” in Ulrich Hilpert (ed), Handbook On Politics and Technology.  Routledge. Forthcoming.

Breznitz S. M. and Clayton, P. A. 2015. “One City, Three Universities, Multiple Models of Economic Impact.” In David B. Audretsch and Mary L. Walshok, editors Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. Oxford University Press..

Breznitz, S. M., and H. Etzkowitz Editors. University Technology Transfer:  The Globalization of academic innovation. Routledge press. September 2015.

Breznitz, S. M., Fountain of Knowledge? The Role of Universities in Economic Development. Stanford University Press. July 2014.