Fred Olayele

Director, Regional Innovation North


Dr. Fred Olayele's expertise covers trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development. A seasoned economist, public policy leader, and senior strategic advisor to public sector and corporate executives, Professor Olayele lectures internationally and writes on global development and related subjects.  He has published widely and shared best practices on these subjects nationally and internationally.  


Innovation and Value Creation in Canada’s Ocean Sector: A Blue Economy Imperative, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023

Modeling Decreased Labor Access after the COVID-19 Pandemic: Economic, Social, and Demographic Implications, with J. Dykes and B. Leung, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023

Africa’s Blue Economy as a Development Finance Opportunity: Lessons for Policy Innovation, with J. Adam, Routledge, 2022

The Differential Impacts of Socioeconomic Status on Vulnerability in Urban Contexts: A Probit Analysis of Older Women in the United States, with P. Goel, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2022

Urban Innovation and Reinvention: The Case of New York, with A. Gutiérrez, Metrópolis, el futuro es ya presente, Núm 920, 2021

Redistributive Fiscal Policies and Regional Economic Disparities, with K. Soo, Cogent Economics & Finance, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2020

Gravity, Borders, and Regionalism: A Canada–US Sub-National Analysis, The International Trade Journal, Volume 33, Issue 5, 2019


Ph.D. Economics, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
M.A. Economics, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
B.Sc. (First Class Honors) Economics, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria


Professor Olayele’s teaching examines issues at the intersection of economics, strategic management, and public policy.


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