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Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe

Senior Associate

Robert Wolfe is an IISD Senior Associate in the Trade and Investment Program. He is also Professor of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, a Research Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competitiveness Research Network.

Dr. Wolfe was a Canadian foreign service officer for many years, serving abroad in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1977-79) and in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to the OECD in Paris (1981-85). His Ottawa assignments included the U.S. Trade and Economic Relations Division, and acting as Executive Assistant to the G7 Sherpa and Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations in the early stages of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations in the GATT.  He joined Queen’s University in 1995, where he taught policy analysis and trade policy in the MPA program and directs the Queen's Annual Institute on Trade Policy, which offers training for mid-career professionals.

At IISD, Dr. Wolfe works on follow-up and review for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and on transparency and accountability in trade governance. He has published widely on trade policy, on trade negotiations, and on international institutions.

  • Education

    Doctor of Philosophy – Political Studies (1995): Queen’s University.

    Master of Arts – Canadian Studies (1976): Carleton University.

    Bachelor of Arts (1974): York University.