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Ted Hewitt

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Dr. W. E. (Ted) Hewitt is President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Executive Vice-President at the Council. Since 1989, he has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, in London Canada, and in 2012 was named Visiting Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on issues related to social movements and population health, local government, and international cooperation for urban development in Latin America. A leading Canadian authority on Brazil, his work has appeared in monographs, edited works, and a range of academic journals including Cities, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Developing Areas, Third World Quarterly, and Habitat International. In 2002, he was named Commander of the Order of Rio Branco by Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Hewitt’s current research focuses on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the role played by universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in the 21st century economy. Hewitt is the Canadian Co-Chair of the Canada-Brazil Science & Technology Joint Committee, and a member of the Boards of International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.