Anil Hira

Department Chair; Professor
Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


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

Teaching Streams:

-Public Policy and Democratic Governance
-Diplomacy, Defence and Development


  • BSFS, Georgetown University
  • MA, George Washington University
  • PhD, Claremont Graduate University


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.


Spring 2024

Summer 2024

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.