Institute for Northern Ontario Research and Development


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INORD is the research centre at Laurentian specializing in social and economic research for northeastern Ontario. INORD’s user friendly website contains research papers and presentations relevant to regional issues. A feature is a monthly commentary on the release of Statistics Canada employment figures which is widely cited by the media.

INORD’s aim is to promote research cooperation between social science faculty members and public, private and voluntary sector groups in northeastern Ontario (particularly in Sudbury). In many cases, that involves negotiations on a double front: to orient university research to the more practical and to have community decision-making oriented towards a foundation of scientifically based research.


Research Programs

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Dr. ##drobinson##       


Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board for Sudbury Mining Solutions


Dr. Frank Stark

Senior Researcher


Stan Sudol

Policy Analyst


Dr. Sean O'Hagan

Associate Professor, Nipissing University


Sue Heffernan

Sessional Professor, Laurentian University


Heather Hall, M.A., B.A.,

PhD Candidate


Dr. ##bsegsworth##

Director, Institute for Local Government at Laurentian University


Dr. ##rlange##

Professor, Economics, Laurentian University

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Working Paper Series

The INORD Working Paper Series provides access to research on local economic and social development


Industrial Design Needs in the Mining Equipment Sector: a Preliminary Report
S. Gravel, d. Robinson


Art Arts, Economics and the Boreal Shield: A possible research program
K. Robinson, D. Robinson


Social Innovation as a Discipline: Agency and Scale
K. Robinson, D. Robinson


What Do Successful Communities Do?
D. Robinson


The Northern Ontario Bio-Energy Corridor: A 5-point Strategy for Economic Development in Northern OntarioPDF
D. Robinson


The Science of community forestry PART III: Problems with the Ontario Tenure System(PDF)
D. Robinson


The Science of community forestry PART II: The Simple Theory of Forests with Joint Products
D. Robinson


F. Haavisto


D. Robinson


Speaking for Ourselves: A Colombia – Canada Research Collaborations.
G. Broad, J. Agustin Reyes


The Elementary Economics of Forest Tenure
D. Robinson


Economic Futures for the Northeast Superior Forest Communities Facing Climate Change pdf.
D. Robinson


Assisting Business Start-ups in Northeastern Ontario: A Collaborative Approach
R. LeBrasseur, JT. Zinger


The Transition to Non-Traditional Exports for Mining Communities: What to Expect -- Tourism, Education, and Retirement Services
D. Robinson


Women Into Mining Jobs at Inco: Challenging the Gender Division of Labour

J. Keck, M. Powell


The Mining Supply and Service Sector: Innovation Policies and the Delivery Gap.
D. Robinson


BACK TO THE FUTURE: Is Canada becoming a Hewer of Wood and an Drawer of Water Again? The Jennifer Keck Lecture on Social Justice.
J. Stanford



Miscellaneous Presentations

INORD makes available presentation given by INORD associates on issues related to economic and social development in Northern Ontario


The Walter Gretsky Effect: Sudbury's Prospects in 2005. Dr. David Robinson discusses Sudbury's prospects in 2005. This is a powerpoint presentation for an Economics Department Seminar at Laurentian January 31, revised 2005. It is a version of the presentation given to Annual Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Outlook Luncheon, December 10, 2005

D. Robinson


A New Northern Enlightenment Speech to the annual General Meeting of the Northeastern Ontario Chamber of Commerce, November 9, 2002, by Dr. David Robinson of Laurentian University's Department of Economics.

D. Robinson


Cluster evolution: from “in itself” to “for itself”: Observations from Sudbury’s Mining Supply and Service Cluster. Prepared for  the Annual Conference of the Innovations Systems Research Network, Vancouver, May 11-13, 2004David Robinson, Laurentian University May, David Robinson, Laurentian University May, 2004

D. Robinson


Cluster Theory for Community Futures:Lessons from the ISRN Study of Cluster Development. Presented to Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations Inc.(OACFDC) June 13, 2003

D. Robinson


The Dog that Didn't Bark

D. Robinson


Report on the Sudbury Economy, October 2001

D. Robinson


Adventitious Adjectival Ambiguity: Deconstructing Social Capital Definitions. Presented to the CRSA Annual Meetings Laval University, May 2001

D. Wilkinson


L’Encouragement parental pour la poursuite des études postsecondaires dans des écoles nord-ontariennes

D. Wilkinson, F. Galipeau-Belair


A Plethora of Social Capitals. Presented to the New Rural Economy Spring Workshop. Mount Allison 2001,

D. Wilkinson


Presented to the Ontario Good Roads Assoc./Rural Ontario Municipalities Assoc. Conference

D. Wilkinson