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Peter W.B. Phillips PhD, MSc, BA JSGS Faculty, U of S

Distinguished Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Associate Member, Department of Bioresource, Policy, Business and Economics, College of Agriculture; and Associate Member, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan

Rm 146, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Science, technology and innovation policy
  • International political economy
  • Regulation, governance and trade policy
  • Decision making theory and behavioural experimentation


Dr. Phillips is Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Center for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy. He earned his Ph.D. at the LSE and practiced for 13 years as a professional economist in industry and government. At the University of Saskatchewan, he was the Van Vliet Research Professor, created and held an NSERC-SSHRC Chair in Managing Technological Change in Agriculture, was director of the virtual College of Biotechnology, was founding director of the JSGS. He has had appointments at the LSE, OECD, European University Institute in Florence, University of Edinburgh and University of Western Australia. He was a founding member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee and was on the boards of Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute, Pharmalytics and Ag-West Bio Inc. He has held >15 peer-reviewed grants worth >$250 million and is author/editor of 15 books, >60 journal articles and >55 book chapters.

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  • Ph.D. (International Political Economy), The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • M.Sc.Econ. (Economics), The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • B.A. (High Honours in Economics and Political Studies), University of Saskatchewan

Current Research

  • Governance and regulation of new technologies (via Valgen and NSERC Create Projects)
  • Intellectual property management and technology governance (via SSHRC Insight Grant)
  • Decision making in complex systems (via EDL)

Recent Grants/Awards

Recent Honours

  • Distinguished Professor, University of Saskatchewan, July 1, 2014-present
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth, AU, 2013
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Innogen, University of Edinburgh, 2012
  • Affiliate, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 2010-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina, 2010-2015
  • Imagining Science (edited by Caulfield and Caulfield) won first prize in the Scholarly/Reference category in the 2009 New York Book Show sponsored by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York (March 2009). Author of one of the essays in this collection.
  • Nominated for University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher Award, 2008.
  • Quality of Communication Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association, 2007, for Regulating agricultural biotechnology: Economics and Policy, edited by R. Just, J. Alston, and D. Zilberman (Smyth, Phillips and Kerr are coauthors of chapter in the book).
  • Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network (CAPTRN) Senior Fellow, 2006-present
  • Institute of Advanced Study, University of Western Australia, Perth, Professor-at-large, 2006 to 2008

Recent Research Funding

  • 2013  P. Phillips, Co-Applicant and member of Management Committee (D. Wolfe, U of Toronto, lead), Creating Digital Opportunity: Canada’s IT Industry in Global Perspective, SSHRC Partnership Grant, LOI funded $20,000 (Formal application invited for $2.5 million project).
  • 2013-18    P.Phillips, Coapplicant (with J. deBeer, University of Ottawa), SSHRC Insight Grant, $354,375.
  • 2013-14    P. Phillips, Lead (with D. Castle).  One year no-cost extension of VALGEN ($1.1 million) approved by Genome Canada.
  • 2013-17    Co-applicant, NSERC CREATE for Protecting the health of Canadians: Integrated Training Program in Infectious Disease, Food Safety and Public Policy (B. Singh, PI; $1.65 million; matched, NSERC # 414153-2012.
  • 2011-16    Lead, Principal Investigator and Applicant (with James Nolan and Valerie Thompson) CFI # 27856 Experimental Decision Laboratory (EDL) at the University of Saskatchewan: A facility for the study of decision-making in complex, uncertain situations (CFI Contribution:  $154,137; total budget $385,342).
  • 2010-11    Co-applicant and collaborator (with C. Ryan and K. Siddique) Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia International Science Linkage Grant (A$7,500).
  • 2010-13    Co-applicant and Investigator (D. Castle, Lead), Theme 5 GE3LS Project, International Barcode of Life Consortium, $990,000 (USask direct budget of $178,923).
  • 2009-13    Co-principal investigator, applicant and co-lead (with D. Castle), Genome Canada project on Value Generation through Genomics and GE3LS (VALGEN), $5.4 million.
  • 2007-11    co-Principal investigator, Bioactive Oils Program (Weslake, PI, $4.5 million; AVAC; ~$100,000 USask cash flow)
  • 2006-10    Co-applicant and co-investigator, SSHRC $2.5 million Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Innovation Systems Research Network II.
  • 2006-10    Co-applicant and co-principal investigator, Genome Canada $2.6 million grant to Genome Alberta for GELS research related to Translating Knowledge in Health Systems.
  • 2006-10    Co-applicant and investigator (lead subproject on Ethics, Law and Society), Genome Canada $17 million grant to Genome Prairie for research related to Designing Oilseeds for Tomorrow’s Markets (Westlake and Keller, PIs).
  • 2006-09    Co-applicant and Participant, SSHRC $300,000 Knowledge Impact in Society Grant for “Adapting to New Environments: Agriculture and Rural Economies in the 21st Century.”
  • 2005-09 - Investigator, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Agrifood Policy Research Network on Innovation (R. Gray, Lead; $750,000).
  • 2005-09 - Investigator, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Agrifood Policy Research Network on Trade (K. Meilke, Lead; $750,000)

Select Publications


  • Doern, DB, P. Phillips, and D. Castle. (Submitted). An Innovation Economy and Society?  Canadian Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Governance. MQUP.
  • Kalaitzandonakes, N., P. Phillips, S. Smyth and J. Wesseler (eds). (Contracted). The Co-existence of Genetically Modified, Organic and Conventional Foods:  Government Policies and Market Practices. Springer.
  • Smyth, S, D. Castle and P. Phillips. (Accepted); forthcoming December 2015. Research Collection on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development. Edward Elgar.
  • Phillips, P., Ebrahim Hassanpour, Mohammad Emdad Ullah Mian, Heemel Dutta, Sheryar Nasir, Nancy Carlson, and Lokpriy. 2015. Innovation in Saskatchewan: The Theory and Evidence. Ottawa: The Conference Board of Canada, pp. 104 (published in English and French).
  • Smyth, S, D. Castle and P. Phillips (eds). 2014. Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development. Edward Elgar, pp. 890.
  • Atkinson, M., Béland, D., Marchildon, G., McNutt, K., Phillips, P., and Rasmussen, K. 2103. Governance and Public Policy in Canada: A View from the Provinces. University of Toronto Press, pp. 224.
  • P Phillips, G Webb, J Karwandy & C Ryan. 2012. Innovation in Agri-food Research Systems: Theory and Case Studies. CABI, pp 215.
  • Porter, J. and P. Phillips (eds). 2007. Public Science in Liberal Democracy. University of Toronto Press, pp. 343.
  • Phillips, P. and C. Onwuekwe (eds). 2007. Accessing and Sharing the Benefits of the Genomics Revolution. Kluwer/Springer, pp. 224.
  • Phillips, P. 2007. Governing transformative technological innovation: Who's in charge? Oxford: Edward Elgar, pp. 306.
  • Phillips, P., S. Smyth and W. Kerr (eds). 2006. Governing Risk in the 21st Century: Lessons from the World of Biotechnology. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 112.


  • P. Phillips and G. Webb. (Accepted). Saskatoon: From small town to global hub. In ISRN Series Volume IV: Innovation and Knowledge Flows in Canadian Cities, D. Wolfe and M. Gertler (eds), University of Toronto Press.
  • P. Phillips and G. Webb. 2014. Social dynamics, diversity and physical infrastructure in creative, innovative communities: The Saskatoon Case. In ISRN Series Volume I:  Innovation and knowledge flows in Canadian cities, ed. D. Wolfe. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Phillips, P. 2014. ‘Give us this day our daily bread’: The iconic role of wheat in the modern world. K. Culver and K. O’Doherty (eds) Fishing and farming iconic species:  Cod and Salmon and Social Issues in Genomics Science. Captus University Publications
  • Smyth, S. J., P. W. B. Phillips and D. Castle. 2014. Introduction to Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development. Chapter 1 in S. J. Smyth, P. W. B. Phillips and D. Castle (eds.) Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development, 1-22. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  • Phillips, P. and G. Webb. 2014. Tolerance and Community in Saskatoon. In ISRN Series Volume II: Attracting and Retaining Talented and Creative Workers in Canadian Cities: The Social Dynamics of Economic Innovation, Jill L. Grant, ed. University of Toronto Press.
  • Phillips, P. 2014. The research pipeline. Chapter 28 in Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development, S. Smyth, D. Castle and P. Phillips (eds), Edward Elgar.
  • Phillips, P. 2014. Cooperative and partnership governance in Saskatoon.  In ISRN Series Volume III: Civic Engagement and Collaborative Governance in Canadian City-Regions, N. Bradford (ed). University of Toronto Press.
  • Phillips, P. 2014. Traditional Knowledge. Chapter 11 in K. Ludlow, S. Smyth and Jose Falck-Zepeda (eds) Socio-Economic Considerations in Biotechnology Regulation . Springer, pp 159-176.
  • Phillips, P. and D. Castle. 2013. Is the Budget Action Plan and Related Harper Agenda a Coherent Plan for Economic Growth?  Chapter 2 in C. Stoney and G.B. Doern, How Ottwa Spends, 2013-14:  the Harper Government: Mid-term blues and long-term plans. MQUP, pp. 19—30.
  • Peter W.B. Phillips, Sidi Zhang, Tara Williams and Laural DeBusschere. 2013. Canada’s First Nations’ Policies and Practices Related to Managing Traditional Knowledge. Chapter 8 in T. Bubela and E.R. Gold (eds) Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge:  Case Studies and Conflicting Interests. Edward Elgar.
  • Rebecca Crookshanks and Peter W.B. Phillips, 2013. A Comparative Analysis of Access and Benefits-Sharing Systems. Chapter 3 in T. Bubela and E.R. Gold (eds) Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge:  Case Studies and Conflicting Interests. Edward Elgar.
  • Peter W.B Phillips. 2012. Democracy, Governance and Public Engagement: A Critical Assessment. Chapter 3 in K.O’Doherty and E. Einsiedel (eds.), Public Participation and Emerging Technologies, Vancouver, UBC, pp.45-65.
  • D. Castle and P. Phillips. Accepted. Is Budget 2012 a Coherent Plan for Economic Growth? Chapter in How Ottawa Spends 2013-14, C. Stoney and GB Doern (eds), McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal.
  • Phillips, P., C. Ryan, J. Karwandy, T. Procyshyn and J. Parchewski. 2008. "The Saskatoon agricultural biotechnology cluster," in C. Karlsson ed., Handbook of Research on Clusters: Theories, Policies and Case Studies, Edward Elgar, 233-52.
  • Phillips, P. 2008. Art and the Governance of New Technologies. In T. Caulfield and C. Gillespie (eds), Imagining Science: Art, Science and Social ChangeEdmonton: University of Alberta Press. pp. 75-7.
  • Ryan, C. and P. Phillips. 2008. "Evaluating Knowledge Management Capacity in R&D Networks: Social network analyses of Genome Canada projects." In /Applications of Social Network Analysis ASNA 2005. /Uwe Serdült and Volker Täube (eds). Pps: 233-254.
  • Phillips, P.W.B., 2008. Technology, ownership and governance: an alternative view of IPRs. Chapter in E. Einsiedel (ed), Foresight on Emerging Technologies. University of Calgary Press, 307-326.
  • Phillips, P. 2007. The breadth of integration from trade agreements: Large versus small country bargaining power. Chapter 9 in J. Gaisford and W. Kerr, Handbook on International Trade Policy, Edward Elgar, 94-105.
  • Phillips, P. and C. Ryan. 2007. The role of clusters in driving innovation. Chapter 3.1.1 in Krattinger, A., Mahoney, R. Nelsen, L, Thomson, J., Satyanarayana, K., Bennett, A, and Fernandez, C. (eds) The Handbook of best practices for management of intellectual property in health and agriculture, MIHR, 281-294.
  • Phillips, P. and C. Ryan, 2007. Building Clusters: Exploring Public Policy Options for Supporting Regional Innovation Chapter 4.2.20 in Mahoney, R. Krattinger, A., Nelsen, L, Thomson, J., Satyanarayana, K., Bennett, A, and Fernandez, C. (eds) The Handbook of best practices for management of intellectual property in health and agriculture, MIHR.

Refereed Articles

  • Rosiello, A., M. Masttroeni, D. Castle and P. Phillips. Accepted/forthcoming. Clusters, Technological Districts and Smart Specialisation: an Empirical Analysis of Policy Implementation Challenges. Special Issue of International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
  • Albert I. Ugochukwu, Jill E. Hobbs, Peter W.B. Phillips and Richard Gray. Forthcoming 2015. An Economic Analysis of Private Incentives to Adopt DNA Barcoding Technology for Fish Species Authentication in Canada. Genome.
  • Smyth, S. and P. Phillips.  Accepted/forthcoming. Incomplete Coexistence Systems and International Food Trade Impacts. Transgenic Research.
  • Smyth, S., William Kerr and Peter W.B. Phillips. 2015. The Unintended Consequences of Technological Change: Winners and Losers from GM Technologies and the Policy Response in the Organic Food Market. Sustainability 7, 7667-7683
  • Kerr, W.A., Smyth, S., Phillips, P.W.B., & Phillipson, M. (2014). Conflicting rules for the international trade of GM products: Does international law provide a solution? AgBioForum, 17(2), 105-122. Available on the World Wide Web: http://www.agbioforum.org.
  • Smyth, S, P. Phillips and D. Castle. 2014. ‘Benefits of genetically modified herbicide tolerant canola in Western Canada’, Int. J. Biotechnology, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp.181–197.
  • Smyth, S., P. Phillips and W Kerr. 2014. Food Security and the Evaluation of Risk. Global Food Security Online 13 September.
  • Phillips, P. and S. Smyth. 2014. Risk, Regulation and Biotechnology: The Case of GM Crops. GM Crops and Food 5(3), 170-177..
  • Smyth, S.J., Kerr, W.A., & Phillips, P.W.B. (2013). Managing trade in products of biotechnology—Which alternative to choose: Science or politics? AgBioForum,16(2), 126-139. Available on the World Wide Web: http://www.agbioforum.org.
  • Smyth, S, S. McPhee-Knowles, A. Baker and P. Phillips. 2013. Developing a Patent Landscape Methodology. Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property.
  • Holguin-Pando, C., S. Smyth and P. Phillips. 2013. Technology Transfer in Transitional Economies:  The Case of Mexico. International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management.
  • Smyth, S.J., Kerr, W.A. and Phillips, P.W.B. 2013 Accelerating adoption of genetically modified crops in Africa through a trade liability regime. Plant Biotechnol. J., pp. 527-534.
  • Smyth, S. M Gusta, K Belcher, P Phillips and D Castle. 2011. Changes in Herbicide Use after Adoption of HR Canola in Western Canada. Weed Technology 25: 492-500.
  • Smyth, S. J., W. A. Kerr and P.W.B Phillips. 2011. Recent Trends in the Scientific Basis of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Trade Rules and Their Potential Impact on Investment. The Journal of World Investment and Trade. 12 (1): 5-26.
  • Smyth, S. J., M. Gusta, K. Belcher, P.W.B. Phillips and D. Castle. 2011. Environmental Impacts from Herbicide Tolerant Canola Production in Western Canada. Agricultural Systems, 104: 403-10.
  • Gusta M, Smyth S.J., Belcher K, Phillips PWB and D Castle. 2011. Economic Benefits of Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant Canola for Producers. AgBioForum, 14:1-13.
  • Phillips, P. 2010. Genomics and public policy:  Wealth for Canadians. The Integrated Assessment Journal 10(1), 7-21.
  • Castle, D., P. Phillips, A. Brown, K. Culver, D. Castrataro, Tania Bubela, Shawn Harmon, Graham Dutfield and Patricia Barclay. 2009. Knowledge Management and the Contextualisation of Intellectual Property Rights in Innovation Systems. SCRIPTed 7:1, 32-50.
  • Smyth, S.J., Falck-Zepeda, J.B., Gray, R.S., Nassem, A., Paarlberg, R., Phillips, P.W.B., et al. 2010. Policy recommendations from the 13th ICABR conference on the emerging bioeconomy. AgBioForum, 13(2), 98-103. Available on the World Wide Web: http://www.agbioforum.org.
  • Smyth, Stuart, Peter W.B. Phillips & William A. Kerr. 2009. ‘Global Governance Quandaries RegardingTransformative Technologies for Bioproducts, Crops, and Foods’. Journal of World Trade 43(6), 1299–1323.
  • Das, V., P. Phillips and G. Khachatourians. 2008. commercialization of plant-derived vaccines in Canada: A distant dream? 2008. Health Law Review 16(4), 25-29.
  • Phillips,P. and S. Smyth. 2007. Grounding the management of liabilities in the risk analysis framework. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 27:4, 274-286.

Keynote Presentations

Keynote from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society's Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conferences regarding preliminary field research on the economic and institutional transformation in the Canadian agri-food sector as well as a range of policy issues that arise from the new configuration of value.

Current Courses

  • JSGS 865.3 - Decision Making in Organizations
  • JSGS 806.3 - Public Policy Analysis