Michael Howlett (Professor) BSocSci.(Hon)(Ott), MA(Br Col), PhD (Queen's) is Canada Research Chair in Policy and Innovation for Climate Change and Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy. Professor Howlett taught at Queen's University (1986-1988) and the University of Victoria (1988-1989) before coming to SFU and was Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore (2009-2010) and the Universita degli studi di Cagliari (2012). He is the author of Canadian Public Policy (2013) and Designing Public Policies (2011), and co-author of Application of Federal Legislation to Alberta's Mineable Oil Sands (2013), The Public Policy Primer (2010), Integrated Policymaking for Sustainable Development (2009), Studying Public Policy (2009, 2003 & 1995), In Search of Sustainability (2001), The Political Economy of Canada (1999 & 1992) and Canadian Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (1997 & 2005). He has edited Canadian Forest Policy (2001) and co-edited Policy Analysis in Canada (2018), Elgar Handbook of Policy Formulation (2016); Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis (2016); Varieties of Governance (2015); Policy Paradigms in Theory and Practice (2015); Policy Work in Canada (2015); Regulating Next Generation Agri-Food Bio-Technologies (2012), The Routledge Handbook of Public Policy (2012), British Columbia Politics and Government (2009), European and North American Policy Change (2009); Canada's Resource Economy in Transition (2008); Policy Analysis in Canada (2007); Deregulation and Its Discontents (2006); Executive Styles in Canada (2005); Designing Government (2005); The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics (2004); The Provincial State In Canada (1992 & 2000); Innovation Systems in a Global Context (1998); Policy Studies in Canada (1996), and The Puzzles of Power (1994 & 1998). His articles have been published in numerous professional journals in Canada, the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Howlett was founding member and Secretary-Treasurer (1995-2006) of the British Columbia Political Studies Association and co-editor of its Proceedings. He was editor of the POLCAN listserver (1995-1997) and currently edits the CAN-POL Maillist (2008-present). He was also English language co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2002-2006), co-editor of the World Political Science Review (2003-2014), Associate Editor of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research (2011-2013) and administrative editor of the Canadian Political Science Review (2007-2010). He is currently organizer of the Policy Design Lab and editor of the Annual Review of Policy Design and Policy Sciences, and is co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (Book Review Editor 2001-2006), Policy & Society, the University of Toronto Press Series in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy, the Policy Press International Library of Policy Analysis, and Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy. He served on the Editorial Boards of Canadian Public Administration (1996-2003); Policy Studies Journal (1992-2003), Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006-2010), State and Local Government Review (2007-2010), and Public Administration Review (2011-2015) and currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Public Policy, BC Studies, Policy Sciences, Canadian Political Science Review, Forest Policy and Economics, International Review of Public Administration, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Revista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, Public Policy and Governance Series Palgrave Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy and Rowman Series on Challenging Governance. He is the current chair of Research Committee 30 (Comparative Public Policy) of the International Political Science Association and sits on the organizing committee of the International Conference on Public Policy.