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Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Director, Martin Prosperity Institute  Professor of Business and Creativity

Degrees:

PhD in Urban Planning, Columbia University
BA in Political Science, Rutgers College

Bio

Richard Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously, Florida has held professorships at George Mason University and Carnegie Mellon University and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. Florida earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research provides unique, data-driven insight into the social, economic and demographic factors that drive the 21st century world economy.

Academic Positions

  • 2017

    University Professor, University of Toronto

  • 2007-present

    Professor of Business and Creativity, Rotman School of Management

  • 2007-present

    Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management

  • 2004-2007

    Hirst Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

  • 2001-2005

    Director, Software Industry Center, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 1996-2004

    Heinz Professor of Economic Development, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 1993-1998

    Director, Center for Economic Development, Carnegie Mellon University

  • 1995-1996

    Visiting Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2002-present

    Founder, Creative Class Group

  • 2004-2007

    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Selected Publications - Papers

  • The City as Innovation Machine

    Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander and Patrick Adler

    Regional Studies

    Issue:51

    2017

    Pages: 86-96

  • Human Capital in Cities and Suburbs

    Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander and Kevin Stolarick

    Annals of Regional Science

    Issue:57

    2016

    Pages: 91-123

  • Rise of the Startup City: The Changing Geography of the Venture Capital Financed Innovation

    Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander

    California Management Review

    Issue:59

    2016

    Pages: 14-38

  • Creativity, Clusters and the Competitive Advantage of Cities

    Roger Martin, Richard Florida, Melissa Pogue and Charlotta Mellander

    Competitiveness Review

    Issue:25

    2015

    Pages: 482- 496

  • Cities, Skills, and Wages

    Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander, Kevin Stolarick, Adrienne Ross

    Journal of Economic Geography

    Issue:1

    2011

    Pages: 1-23

  • America's Top 20 Gayest Cities

    Richard Florida

    The Daily Beast

    2010

  • Sonic City: The Evolving Economic Geography of the Music Industry

    Richard Florida and Scott Jackson

    Journal of Planning Education and Research

    Issue:29(3)

    2010

    Pages: 310-321

  • Talent, Technology and Tolerance in Canadian Regional Development

    Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander, Kevin Stolarick

    The Canadian Geographer

    Issue:54(3)

    2010

    Pages: 277-304

  • There Goes the Metro: How and Why Artists, Bohemians and Gays Effect Housing Values

    Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander

    Journal of Economic Geography

    Issue:10(2)

    2010

    Pages: 167-188

  • Urban Authenticity

    Richard Florida

    The Atlantic

    2010

  • Why Canada Needs a Great Reset

    Richard Florida

    Ottawa Citizen

    2010

  • How the Crash Will Reshape America

    Richard Florida

    The Atlantic

    2009

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • The New Urban Crisis

    Richard Florida

    Basic Books

    2017

  • The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity

    Richard Florida

    Harper Collins US; Random House Canada

    Issue:April

    2010

  • Ontario in the Creative Age

    Richard Florida and Roger Martin

    Martin Prosperity Institute Report

    Issue:February

    2009

  • Who's Your City: How the Creative Economy is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life, (Canadian version)

    Richard Florida

    Basic Books; Random House

    2009

  • Who's Your City: How the Creative Economy is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

    Richard Florida

    Basic Books; Random House

    2008

  • Cities and the Creative Class

    Richard Florida

    Routledge

    2004

  • The Rise of the Creative Class

    Richard Florida

    Basic Books

    2002

  • Beyond Mass Production: The Japanese System and Its Transfer to the United States

    Martin Kenney and Richard Florida

    Oxford University Press

    1993

Research and Teaching Interests

Economic Development, Creativity, Location, Innovation

Honors and Awards

  • 2010

    Invited Lecturer, Royal Geographic Society, London, England

  • 2009

    Commencement Speech, University of Toronto

  • 2006

    Voices of Innovation, BusinessWeek

  • 2005

    Best and Brightest, Esquire Magazine

  • 2005

    Inaugural Parnes Creativity Award, Creative Problem-Solving Institute

  • 2004

    Breakthrough Idea of the Year, Harvard Business Review

  • 2002

    Book of the Year, Washington Monthly

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