Steven Denney is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D in the Department of Political Science.
With a core research interest in the relationship between institutions and preferences, much of Steven’s research to-date focuses on variations in identity, attitudes, and behavior in post-autocratic and transitional societies. His dissertation focused on the contemporary national identity of South Koreans and resettled North Korean defector-migrants. The research explored whether socialization experiences under differing political and social institutions affects individuals’ preferences for national inclusion. He finds that democratic political and social institutions engender more open and inclusive notions of national nationhood, or at least less exclusive identities than those formed under authoritarian institutions.
Steven also conducts research, consulting, and policy analyst of innovation and growth policies in Canada and East Asia in the capacity as a researcher in the Innovation Policy Lab. With funding from a multi-year Mitacs grant, he is currently building a linkable database of interviews and surveys with innovation-based technology firms, in addition to large(r)-N research with collaborators at Statistics Canada and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The overarching objective of the research is to assess the cultural, institutional, and policy factors that affect the ability of firms to scale. The geographic scope of the project includes Canada, the United States, and East Asia.