Anil Hira


Political Science

Anil Hira


Political Science


  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University
  • M.A., George Washington University
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • Political Economy
  • Economic Development
  • Energy Policy
  • Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Industrial Policy

Teaching Streams

  • Public Policy & Democratic Governance
  • Diplomacy, Defence & Development


I trained as an interdisciplinary scholar of economics and political science. The first part of my career was spent studying issues of Latin American economic development, including macroeconomic, trade, finance and integration issues. I began this work in Washington, D.C., working for the American government and a variety of think tanks. My first academic job was at the American University of Cairo, which was followed by a year at Tulane University as a visiting professor. In 2000, I came to SFU as a Latin American specialist.

In 2010, I shifted my attention to industrial policy, which includes research on economic competitiveness. I also work on energy, focusing on regulation and ways to promote a shift to renewables. In addition to academic journals, I disseminate my research through commissioned technical reports, including a recent series on corporate social responsibility. I take pride in guiding promising students towards viable career paths in policy and research analysis. To this end, I implement practical skill-building exercises into my courses that translate across a number of career paths.


  • 2016. “Broken Windows: Why Culture Matters in Corruption Reforms.” Journal of Developing Societies 32 (1): 1-16.
  • 2015. Three Perspectives on Human Irrationality. The Book Guild Ltd: Leicester.
  • 2013. What Makes Clusters Competitive? Cases from the Global Wine Industry. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press: Kingston & Montreal.
  • 2012. “Secrets Behind the Finnish Miracle: The Rise of Nokia.” International Journal of Technology & Globalization 6 (1/2): 38-64.
  • 2003. Political Economy of Energy in the Southern Cone. Praeger: Wesport, CT.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.