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Zafer Sonmez

Lead Research Associate, Innovation & Technology


Zafer’s current research focuses on transitions from high-risk, low-mobility occupations to high-growth occupations. His previous work includes analyzing the impact of automation technologies on Canada’s local economies.

Past Work Experience

Prior to CBoC, Dr. Sonmez has worked as a consultant on regional industry analyses and economic impact studies in the United States, conducting a series of economic impact analyses for NASA. As an academic researcher, he studied the role of spatial proximity in knowledge diffusion in high-tech industrial sectors.

More About Zafer

He currently serves as a referee for two academic journals: Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago
Master’s in Public Administration, University of Illinois, Chicago
Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado, Denver


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