DSEW Organizers

Dr. Ugurhan Berkok

Ugurhan G. Berkok is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada and an Adjunct  Professor at Queen’s University's Economics department. His previous positions were at Laval, McGill, Montréal, UQAM, Concordia and Sussex. His current teaching interests include defence and national security economics, health economics, and political economy. His current research interests include defence procurement offsets banking and trading, defence industrial policy outsourcing and PPPs, defence force generation, intelligence agency structure and incentives, and deterrence.

Dr. Karl Skogstad

Dr. Karl Skogstad is an Associate Professor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.  He holds a PhD in Economics from Queen's University in Kingston where he wrote his thesis on the subject of defence budgets.  His works in this area can be found in Defence and Peace Economics and the European Review of Economic History.  He has also provided consultation for Canada's Department of National Defence and Industry Canada on the subject of procurement.  

Dr. Ryan Compton

Ryan Compton is a Professor of Economics in Winnipeg Canada and holds a PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has been a Guest or Visiting Professor at the Central Bank of Brazil, University of Western Ontario, National Economics University (Vietnam), and Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (Germany). Prior to academia he held positions in the Accelerated Economist Program (now known as the Advanced Policy Analyst Program) as well as the Department of Finance of the Canadian government.

His research areas are macroeconomics, development, institutions, and defence economics, and his work has recently appeared in Economic Modelling, Defence and Peace Economics, and Southern Economic Journal. He currently serves on the executive of the Canadian Development Economics Study Group, as well as the editorial boards of Defence and Peace Economics and the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy.

Dr. Dane Rowlands

Dane Rowlands is a Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA, Carleton University) where he has been teaching since earning a Ph.D in economics from the University of Toronto. He served as Associate Director of the School (2002-2012) and Director (2012-2017), and as Co-Director (2009-2020) and Director (2020-2022) of the Infrastructure Protection and International Security program at Carleton. In addition to international finance and public finance, he has been teaching a course on the economic analysis of conflict since 2003. His research areas include development, international finance and the IMF, migration, and conflict intervention and peacekeeping, appearing in journals such as Defence and Peace Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Development. He is Treasurer of the Canadian Development Economics Study Group, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Transportation Security.

Dr. Elise Critoph

Elise is a limited-term Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ottawa. She has previously served as a replacement Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa and during her PhD, as a contract instructor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Elise’s research focuses on conflict economics, using game theoretic tools and incorporating elements from psychology. She studies how emotions affect conflict engagement and the intensity of fighting in models of conflict. She has been teaching a course on conflict economics for the past 5 years. In her professional experience, Elise has served as a subject matter expert in behavioural insights and supported the design and analysis of behavioural economics-related experiments.

Dr. Binyam Solomon

Dr. Binyam Solomon is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University. He has previously worked for the Department of National Defence and DRDC as Defence Science expert, acting Chief Scientist and Chef Economist.  He has also served as a Special Advisor to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, and co-editor of the international field journal Defence and Peace Economics.  He has published extensively in economics, statistics and defence topics.  His research interests include political economy, aspects of national security, peacekeeping economics and time series methods.  Dr. Solomon holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a Ph D in Defence Economics from the University of York, United Kingdom.