Mark Lovewell grew up in various communities of
his birth province, Newfoundland. He also lived in
Bermuda before moving to Alberta as a teenager. He
attended high school in the city of Red Deer, and
studied undergraduate economics at the University
of Alberta in Edmonton. Moving to Ontario, he
completed his M.A. in Economics at the University
of Toronto. He spent several years at Balliol College,
Oxford University, before returning to Toronto. In
1981, he began his career at Ryerson University. His
long-time experience teaching Ryerson’s introductory
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses led him
to write Understanding Economics.
During part of his time at Ryerson, Mark was connected with the University’s
distance education arm, Open College. He served as Open College’s senior tutor and
worked intermittently as a broadcaster on Toronto’s classical, jazz, and education radio
station (now JAZZ-FM). More recently, he helped develop Ryerson’s International
Economics degree program, and for several years served as the program’s coordinator.
Between 2003 and 2007, he was founding director of Ryerson’s humanities-based Arts
and Contemporary Studies program. He now works as an academic administrator.
In addition to his career-related activities, Mark has interests in literature, the arts, and
public policy. He is a co-publisher of the national book review magazine, the Literary Review of Canada. More information on Mark is available at his personal website, marklovewell.com.