Lori Turnbull


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Dr. Lori Turnbull is an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Turnbull’s research and teaching focus on parliamentary democracy and governance, public sector ethics, and the future of work. She has taught political science and public administration at Dalhousie, Queen’s, Carleton, and Acadia universities. Dr. Turnbull has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters, is a frequent commentator on CTV, CBC, and Global news programs, and freelances with The Globe and Mail. She is the deputy editor of Canadian Government Executive magazine and a fellow with the Public Policy Forum.

From July 2015 until July 2017, she was on secondment to the Privy Council Office (PCO), first as a Policy Advisor in the Machinery of Government Secretariat, then as Departmental Liaison to the Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions, and finally as a Policy Advisor at the Priorities and Planning Secretariat.

Her book Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, co-authored with Mark Jarvis and the late Peter Aucoin, won the Donner Prize in 2011 and the Donald Smiley Prize in 2012.