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Dr. Daniel Bear

I’m Dr. Daniel Bear, and I’m here to help private, public, and non-profit organizations identify issues and find answers so they can respond to complex social policy issues. I specialize in the areas of drug policy, harm reduction, criminal justice policy, public health, implicit bias, and performance management. These complex problems require thoughtful engagement, and with nearly 20 years of experience, I’m ready to lend a hand.

I’m based in Toronto, but work with clients across North America and Europe.


Oct. 2009 - May 2014

PhD in Social Policy

Sept. 2008 - Sept. 2009

MSc in Social Policy (Research)

Sept.  2003 - Aug. 2005

BA in Sociology with Honours

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Thesis Focus: A year-long ethnography assessing the impact of simultaneous changes to drugs policy and performance management indicators on the drug enforcement practices of street-level police officers in a London borough

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Dissertation Focus: An ethnographic examination of policy transmission from senior managers to street-level bureaucrats in the Metropolitan Police Service of London (UK)

University of California at Santa Cruz

Senior Thesis: ‘Naked to Each Other’: An Ethnographic Examination of Cannabis Use and Mechanisms Of Support For Terminally Ill Patients In A Support Group

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