University of Calgary

Richard William Hawkins

  • Professor Emeritus - Communication - Media & Film

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


PhD (Political Economy) University of Sussex


Richard Hawkins is Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Calgary. Until July 2012, he was also Canada Research Chair in the Social Context of Technology. He is also Senior Fellow at The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS) and Fellow of the Institute for Science Society and Policy (University of Ottawa). Formerly, he was Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), on of Europe’s largest research services companies, and Senior Fellow in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.

Dr. Hawkins is a political economist who has authored over 100 scientific publications and reports on science, technology and industry policy. He also has extensive international experience as a policy consultant and advisor. Major clients have included the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, Industry Canada, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), The Standards Council of Canada, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the UK Office of Science and Technology, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the International Labor Organization, the Italian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (AGCOM), the London Metropolitan Police Service, the Telecommunication Managers Association (UK) and the British Standards Institution.

He holds BA and MA degrees from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and a DPhil from the University of Sussex (UK).


Hawkins, R., K. Blind and R. Page (in progress) The Handbook of Standards and Innovation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Keren, M. and R. Hawkins (eds.) (2015 in press) Speaking Power to Truth: Knowledge and the Public Intellectual in a Changing World, Athabasca University Press.

Hawkins, R. & G. Vickery (2008) Re-making the Movies: Digital Content and the Evolution of the Film and Video Industries, Paris: OECD.

Journal Articles


Hawkins, R., C. Langford & C. Saunders (2014) Assessing the Practical Application of Social Knowledge: A Survey of Six Leading Canadian Universities, Research Policy, 44 (1), 83-95.

Rainville. A., R. Hawkins and J. Bergeson (2014) Building consensus in Life Cycle Analysis: The potential for a Canadian product category rules standard to enhance transparency and credibility in GHG emissions estimates for Alberta’s Oil Sands, Journal of Cleaner Production, in Preprint.

Hawkins, R. & C. Davis (2012) Innovation and Experience Goods: A Critical Appraisal of a Missing Dimension in Innovation Theory, Prometheus – Critical Studies in Innovation, 30 (3), 235-259.

Bouchard, R., R. Hawkins, R. Clark, R. Hagtvedt & J. Sawani (2010) Empirical Analysis of Drug Approval-Drug Patenting Linkage for High Value Pharmaceuticals, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, 8 (2), 174-227.

Blind, K., S. Gauch & R. Hawkins (2010) How Stakeholders View the Impacts of International ICT Standards, Telecommunications Policy, 34,  162-174.

Young, J., R. Hawkins, E. Sharlin & T. Igarashi (2009) Toward Acceptable Domestic Robots: Applying Insights from Social Psychology, Journal of Social Robotics (accepted, September 2008, forthcoming 2009).

Ballon, P. & R. Hawkins (2009) Standardization and business models for platform competition: the case of mobile television, International Journal of Information Technology Standards and Standardization Research 7 (1), 1-12 (forthcoming).

Hawkins, R. & P. Ballon (2007) When standards become business models: reinterpreting ‘failure' in the standardization paradigm, Info - the Journal of Policy, Regulation and Strategy for Telecommunications, Information and Media , 9 (5) 20-30.

Conference Presentations

Hawkins, R., M. Godin & P. Josty, Interprovincial Regulatory Barriers to Procurement in Canada's Oil & Gas Sector: Potential Standardization-based Solutions, Report Submitted to the Standards Council of Canada, 15 October 2007.

Hawkins, R., Digital Broadband Content: Film and Video, Report to the OECD Working Party on the Information Economy, Committee for Information, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Committeefor Information, Computer and Communications Policy, DSTI/ICCP/IE(2006)11/REV2, Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Hawkins, R. & C. Langford, A Comparative Assessment of National Policies in Canada and Seven OCED Countries to Promote Collaboration Between Industry and Post-secondary Educational Institutions, Paper prepared for Industry Canada, Ottawa, 14 March 2007.

Hawkins, R., C. Langford, T. Ross & K. Sidhu, Collaboration between Post-secondary Educational Institutions and Industry in Canada, Final Report for Industry Canada, 17 May 2007.
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