Faculty Profile - Ken Coates

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewanl; Director, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development

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Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Raised in the Yukon, with a BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC, Ken has worked at universities across the country and in New Zealand. He was the Founding Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Northern British Columbia and held administrative posts at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), University of New Brunswick at Saint John, University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo. His co-authored work, Arctic Front, won the Donner Prize in 2009. He was recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his work on the history of the Alaska Highway and has received awards from the Manitoba Historical Society, the BC Historical Society and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. Ken has also served as the past president of the Japan Studies Association of Canada.  His research focuses on Aboriginal rights, science and technology policy and northern development. 

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Email: ken.coates@usask.ca
Phone: (306) 966-5136
Website: http://www.kencoates.ca
  • PhD, University of British Columbia
  • MA, University of Manitoba
  • BA, University of British Columbia
Areas of Interest
  • Regional innovation
  • University education and higher education generally
  • Aboriginal rights and land claims
  • Science and technology policy 
  • Japan and Canada-Asia relations 
  • Northern development/Circumpolar affairs
Recent Grants/Awards
  • SSHRC Conference Grant, The Political Economy of the Provincial North, May 2012.  $25,000
  • Asia and the Arctic Workshop, Japan Foundation (Toronto), Winter 2013, $22,000, with Kimie Hara
  • Arctic Policy Alternatives Workshop, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Winter 2013, $18,000, with Kimie Hara
  • The Fourth World Project, Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2012-2014, $35,000
Select Publications
  • Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don’t Know About Canadian Universities 2nd ed.(Toronto: Lorimer, 2013).  With Bill Morrison
  • Digital Media in East Asia: National Innovation and the Transformation of a Region (New York: Cambria, 2012), with Carin Holroyd
  • Japan in the Age of Globalization (London, Routledge, 2011).  With Carin Holroyd
  • Campus Confidential:  100 Startling Things You Need to Know About Canadian Universities (Toronto: Lorimer, 2011).  With Bill Morrison
  • A Global History of Indigenous Peoples: Struggle and Survival (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004)
  • Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon 2nd Edition (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005). With W.R. Morrison.
  • Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). With Carin Holroyd.
  • Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North  (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2008). With P. Whitney Lackenbauer, William R. Morrison, Greg Poelzer.

Click here for a detailed list of Ken Coates' publications, including reports published through the MacDonald-Laurier Institute.

Current Courses
  • JSGS 849 Social Economy and Public Policy
  • JSGS 863 Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy
Current Research
  • Technical and scientific innovation in Canada  
  • The development of the sub-arctic world
  • Transformation of the Canadian university system