Welcome to the home page for Rod Dobell, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at the University of Victoria.

Rod Dobell completed his PhD in economics at MIT and taught economic theory at Harvard for five years before returning to Canada as Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto. He has served as Special Advisor (Long Range Economic Planning) to the Deputy Minister of Finance and as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board in the Government of Canada, Director of the General Economics Branch at OECD, Director of Research for two Parliamentary Task Forces, and as President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1984-1991. In 1991 he was named as the first appointment to the Francis G. Winspear Chair for Research in Public Policy at the University of Victoria. He now calls himself a philosophically-inclined ecological socio-political economist - not because he knows any answers, but because he's come to believe that's the only way the questions can reasonably be framed.