Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon
Award-Winning Author | Public Intellectual
Bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon shows audiences how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity, speed, and surprise. Called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs today” by The Guardian, he uses clear and simple language to help audiences understand how the world is rapidly changing and what that means for our future.
Dr. Homer-Dixon is Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. He received a BA from Carleton University and a PhD from MIT, and he held the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, before assuming his current position.
Dr. Homer-Dixon is the author of the bestselling and award-winning books The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization; The Ingenuity Gap; and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence. He writes regularly for The Globe and Mail, and has published often in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and Scientific American.
He has spoken at leading universities, to government agencies, and to major industry associations—throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has also provided briefings to the Privy Council Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Defence in Canada; the Foreign Office in the United Kingdom; and to the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the State Department in the United States.