John Loxley is Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He specializes in international finance, international development and community economic development. In particular, alternatives to orthodox economic theory and policy. His academic career includes stints at Makerere University and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
He has served as an economic advisor to the governments of Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Manitoba, and the incoming government of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, as well as a number of international institutions.
He was awarded the Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice, by the Progressive Economists’ Forum, May, 2010 and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Distinguished Academic Award, May 2008.
He is the principal investigator of a $2.5 m SSHRC partnership grant in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the other universities in Manitoba, the Manitoba government and many inner-city and Aboriginal community organizations, to examine poverty in inner city and Aboriginal communities, May, 2012.
Professor Loxley has also undertaken significant research into the funding of First Nations child and family services and is an expert witness on behalf of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada in its case before the Canadian Human Rights Commission on the underfunding of services to First Nations communities.
He is a member of the Board of Manitoba Hydro and has sat on the board of numerous local organizations, including Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin (the Aboriginal Youth Housing Renovation Project for ex-inmates), Pollock’s Hardware Co-op, and SEED Winnipeg, a micro financing and community economic development agency working in the inner city of Winnipeg.
He was the first coordinator of the Alternative Federal Budget exercise in Canada and of the Alternative Provincial Budget for Manitoba.