Michele Mastroeni
Michele Mastroeni
Michele Mastroeni
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Innovation Systems, Innovation Policy, Science and Technology Policy, Regional Economic Development


Michele has been involved with innovation research and policy over the last 10 years. As a tenure track faculty at OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, he is pursuing a research agenda exploring innovation systems, innovation policy, and the application of design principles and evidence-based solutions to solving the challenges faced therein.

Before coming to OCAD, Michele worked with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and the Conference Board of Canada after returning from the UK after 7 years.

While in the UK, Michele was a Senior Analyst at RAND Europe, Research Fellow at the Innogen Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and Research Fellow at the Kingston Business School (UK). He worked on the social and economic challenges facing innovation and its applications. Michele worked closely with government, industry and civil society stakeholders in order to better develop widely accepted policy and business solutions.

Before moving to the UK, he was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario, Canada, where he managed research funding programs, and provided policy advice on various issues.

Overall, Michele has enjoyed the challenging of learning about new industries and policy areas while using his knowledge of innovation systems to come up with practical, applicable solutions to challenges across the public and private spheres.

Michele teaches Research Methods in OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation program (MDes), and Health Contexts II (Innovation in Health Care) for the Masters in Design for Health.

Research Interests:

Michele is developing research around Smart Specialization and innovation strategies as applied to non-metropolitan (i.e. rural and remote) communities in Canada; biofuel and bioenergy solutions for zero-waste industrial cycles; issues in the commercialization of regenerative medicine and genomics; and attitudes towards longevity and disposability in consumer tech culture.

He also believes that flights of fancy are an underrated mode of travel.


BA, Economics, Queen's University.

BA (Hons.), Political Studies, Queen's University

PhD, Political Science, University of Toronto.