He earned his PhD in Urban and Regional Development from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and did postdoctoral studies at Lund University in Sweden. Prior to joining HEC Montréal, David Doloreux was a professor at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa, where he held a Research Chair in Canadian Francophonie in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.
Professor Doloreux currently holds the Research Chair in Innovation and Regional Development. His research is mainly funded by the chair and by SSHRC grants. He has also been involved in research mandates with various international (OECD, European Commission) and national (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) bodies, as well as with various departments in Canada (Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Industry Canada, Canada Economic Development, and Québec Ministère du Développement Économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation).
His research interests revolve around two distinct yet overlapping areas: innovation management within companies and the geography of innovation. More specifically, he is interested in the impact of territory on corporate innovation practices and strategies. The analysis of innovation and its geography implies consideration of all the actors involved in the innovation process (including institutions) along with spatial agglomeration approaches (notably local and regional, but also global), territorial anchoring and proximity of innovation actors. His research provides a better understanding, backed by empirical research, of innovation management within businesses, the different determinants for measuring innovation and the way in which the territory influences innovation processes by focusing on various industrial sectors (manufacturing and services) and multiple regional contexts.