Nancy Gallini

Nancy Gallini

Institute Director and Professor, Vancouver School of Economics

Dr. Nancy Gallini
E: nancy.gallini (at)
T: 604-822-1648

Nancy Gallini is Acting Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC. After receiving her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) in Resource Economics in 1980, she joined the Economics Department at the University of Toronto, where she served as chair of the Department from 1995 to 2000.
  In 2002 she was appointed Dean of Arts at UBC, a position she held until 2010, and has been Professor of Economics since 2002 as well.  In 2006, Dr. Gallini served as President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and in 2010 was awarded the Margaret Fulton Award for contributions to student development at UBC.

Professor Gallini’s early research explored issues in resource economics, particularly regarding the impact of new technologies and resource cartels on the efficient extraction of exhaustible resources.  Her primary research more recently has been in the general areas of industrial organization and law and economics, with focus on contracts, technology licensing and strategic alliances, the impact of intellectual property rights on innovation and technology sharing, and on optimal design of competition and innovation policies. Dr. Gallini advised the Canadian Competition Bureau on its enforcement guidelines for Intellectual Property and, more recently, conducted a study on Canada's patent system for Industry Canada. She has served on several editorial boards, including the Canadian Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review and the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and has been a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, the National Bureau of Economic Research at Stanford and Cambridge, Yale University, Delhi School of Economics, University of Auckland, the University of New South Wales and NYU Stern School of Business.  She has served on the Canadian Economics Association Executive Council and the Women’s Health Research Institute and, currently, is a member of the advisory boards of the Museum of Anthropology and the Neglected Global Disease Initiative at the University of British Columbia.   She also serves on the Mitacs Research Council, which provides advice on graduate research and training programs supported by government, academia, and business, and is a member of the governing council for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.