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The IAPR Director

Ron Kneebone is a Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary. His published research has dealt with issues pertaining to government finances in a federal state, the political economy of government deficit and debt reduction, the history of government fiscal and monetary relations in Canada, and the characteristics of Canadian federal, provincial and municipal fiscal policy choices.  He is a co-author (with N. Gregory Mankiw, Ken McKenzie and Nick Rowe) of a best selling economics principles text and co-author (with Andy Abel, Ben Bernanke, and Gregor Smith) of an intermediate level text on macroeconomics.  For joint work with Ken McKenzie he was awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize in 2000.  From 2002 to 2006 professor Kneebone was an associate editor of Canadian Public Policy, Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy.  An eight-time winner of a Superior Teaching Award in the Department of Economics he was also awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award in 1997 and again in 2003.  Professor Kneebone was appointed Director of the IAPR in May 2006.

The IAPR Professors

Jeffrey Church is a Professor in the Department of Economics.  He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.  During 1995-96, Professor Church held the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau.  The focus of his academic research is on competition policy, regulatory economics, and network economics.  His published research includes articles on unilateral effects and merger simulation; coordinated effects; network economics; the interface between competition policy and intellectual property rights; and vertical mergers and foreclosures.  He is the co-author of a book on the regulation of natural gas pipelines in Canada, a text on industrial organization, and a recent monograph on vertical and conglomerate mergers.  He has acted as an expert on a wide range of regulatory and competition policy matters and is an affiliate member of the Canadian Bar Association.  A co-editor of the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy since 2000, he is a six time recipient of a Superior Teaching Award in the Department of Economics, and a two-time winner of the Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.

Daphne Taras is a Professor of Industrial Relations at the Haskayne School of Business. She holds a graduate degree in political science an MBA and a PhD in Management. The author of numerous books Dr Taras has also published articles in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Canadian Public Policy, and numerous other scholarly journals. Dr. Taras has mediated labour relations disputes, facilitated union-management committees, and provided training in conflict resolution to managers. She was the Faculty of Management's Outstanding New Scholar in 1997, the Recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Achievement in 2000. She served on the Executive Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association in the United States, and is a member of numerous editorial boardsIn December 2004 Dr. Taras as one of three Expert Advisors appointed to the Federal Labour Standards Review, a Commission tasked with making recommendations to modernize Canada's Labour Code. 

Anthony Sayers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and has an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.  After working at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia, he moved to the University of Calgary in 1998.  His research interests include political parties, electoral systems, federalism, intergovernmental relations, and provincial politics.  Among his current projects are a study of the impact of campaign finance legislation on Canadian political parties and the construction of a database of electoral results for national and provincial elections.  Author of "Parties, Candidates and Constituency Campaigns in Canadian Elections", he has also published articles in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Australian Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and Party Politics.

John Douglas Hunt is a Professor in Transportation Engineering and Planning in the Civil Engineering Department. Professor Hunt received his Ph.D. at Cambridge University. Professor Hunt's research interests include mathematical modeling of transportation-related aspects of human behaviour with primary focus on the interaction between transportation and land use. Recent and on-going activities include; developing a land use and transport model of Edmonton; participating in a study to compare land use and transport models of Sacramento; advising two British Rail subsidiaries on forecasting the demand for international rail services using the Channel Tunnel; developing a model of mode and parking location choice in Calgary; and investigating methods of representing the joint choice of workplace location, home location and travel mode to work using data collected in Calgary. Professor Hunt was the recipient of the departmental teaching excellence award in 2002.

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