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Michael Crawford Urban

Michael Crawford Urban is a Policy Associate at the Mowat Centre. He holds a doctorate and masters in International Relations from Balliol College, University of Oxford as well as degrees from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and Queen’s University. Prior to joining Mowat, he worked for Elections Canada as a Returning Officer, Oxford Analytica – a global analysis and advisory firm – and at Global Affairs Canada in the department’s Policy Research Division.

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May 25, 2017 | Michael Crawford Urban, Christine Yip

Basic Impact

Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs

In this report, we examine the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurship. The paper presents the results of a new survey administered to 1,473 members of Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) as well as a focus group and several individual case study interviews. More
May 11, 2017 | Sunil Johal, Michael Crawford Urban

Regulating Disruption

Governing in an era of rapid technological change

In this report, the Mowat Centre examines the relationship between regulation and innovation in rapidly-changing technological industries. More
March 21, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

What is a “sharing economy” anyway?

Statistics Canada recently reported that 2.7 million Canadians participated in the “sharing economy” between November 2015 and October 2016 – and spent $1.31 billion doing so. More
March 14, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Exploring standards-based solutions in a changing marketplace

In this report, commissioned by CSA Group to launch their new CSA Group Research Program, the Mowat Centre discusses the growth of the sharing economy and explores the potential for the use of standards-based approaches in the governance of this sector. More
January 17, 2017 | Michael Crawford Urban

The curious case of Boaty McBoatface: Why trust between publics and governments needs to flow both ways

The surprise election of Donald Trump as US President has left journalists scrambling for an explanation. More
October 4, 2016 | Michael Crawford Urban

What are Referenda Good For?

Second only to deciding which electoral system Canada should use, the question of whether a referendum should be required to ratify whatever decision it reaches has emerged as perhaps the most important choice confronting Parliament’s Special Committee on Electoral Reform. More
September 20, 2016 | Evelyn L. Forget, Dylan Marando, Tonya Surman, Michael Crawford Urban

Pilot Lessons

How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario

This report makes a series of recommendations for how to design the Basic Income (BI) pilot that the Government of Ontario has proposed to conduct. More
August 19, 2016 | Michael Crawford Urban

Ride sharing, new tech key to cutting gridlock

Michael Crawford Urban discusses shared mobility and public transit in the GTHA. More
August 19, 2016 | Sara Ditta, Michael Crawford Urban, Sunil Johal

Sharing the Road

The Promise and Perils of Shared Mobility in the GTHA

This report makes a series of recommendations for building a robust and flexible transportation system that can effectively respond to the emergence of “shared mobility” in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. More