Cedric Brunelle

      Department of Geography
      Memorial University of Newfoundland
      St. John's, NL
      A1B 3X9

      Office: SN 2006
      Tel: (709) 864-8194
      Fax: (709) 864-3119
      Email: cbrunelle@mun.ca



My research falls into the subfield of economic geography, with an emphasis on the study of urban systems, industrial organization, labour mobility, regional development, entrepreneurship and the resource economy. I am interested in analyzing the long-term social and economic development of territories, the industrial restructuring of regions and the socioeconomic impacts of global industrial and technological changes.

My past research has concentrated on the spatial evolution of labour within the Canadian urban system from 1971 to 2006, where I have analyzed the changing relationship between the geographic organization of firms and the functional specialization of regions. Other projects have focused on evaluating these patterns within specific value chains, such as energy and mining, as well as in particular regions.

Current research projects include the following themes: 1) Explanatory factors surrounding the resilience of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in peripheral regions; 2) New workers’ flexibilities and emerging spatiotemporal dynamics in resource-dependent regions; and 3) Entrepreneurship, innovation and the vulnerabilities associated with growth cycles in resource economies. 4) Housing affordability and community health issues in resource-based regions.


  • Postdoctoral internship in Regional Development at UQAR (Rimouski, QC)
  • Ph.D. (2012) and M.Sc. (2008) in Urban Studies from INRS – Urbanisation, Culture Société Research Center (Montreal, QC)
  • B.A. (2005) in Science and Technology Studies completed at UQAM (Montreal, QC) and University College London (London, UK)

Select Publications

Dubé, J. and C. Brunelle. 2014. Dots to dots: a general methodology to build local indicators using spatial micro-data. The Annals of Regional Science:1-28.

Brunelle, C.; J. Dubé; and N. Devaux. 2013. L’analyse des trajectoires territoriales de développement : un apport possible des données micro spatiales? Revue Canadienne des Science Régionale 89:101.

Brunelle, C. and J. Dubé. 2013. Does Proximity Increase the Survival of Firms in Remote Areas? An analysis of plant closures in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence region, 2006-2011. In Working Papers Series from Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, ed. Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, 48p. Stockholm.

Brunelle, C. 2013. The Growing Economic Specialization of Cities: Disentangling Industrial and Functional Dimensions in the Canadian Urban System, 1971–2006. Growth and Change 44:443-473.

Brunelle, C. 2012. “La concentration des fonctions à haut contenu en savoir dans le secteur de la production des biens : quel avenir pour les régions non métropolitaines du Québec?”. Cahiers de Géographie du Québec, Vol.56, No.158. pp. 313-342.

Bourne, L., Brunelle, C., Polèse, M. and Simmons, J. 2011. “Growth and Change in the Canadian Urban System”, chapter 3 in Bourne, L., Hutton, T., Shearmur, R. et Simmons, J. (2011) Canadian urban regions: Trajectories of growth and change. Oxford University Press.

Brunelle, C. and Polèse, M. 2008. “Functional Specialization across Space: A Case Study of the Canadian Electricity Industry, 1971-2001”. The Canadian Geographer, vol.52, no.4, pp. 486-504.

Select Conference Presentations

Brunelle, C., Dubé, J. 2014. "The Spatial Determinants of Business Creation in Low Density Regions: Clusters, Neighbouring Effects and the Role of Local Value-Chain Linkages", 17th Uddevalla Symposium 2014: Geography of Growth and The Frequency, Nature and Consequences of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Regions of Varying Density. June 13th, 2014, Uddevalla, Sweden.

Brunelle, C., Dubé, J. 2013. "Does proximity increases the resilience of firms in remote areas? An analysis of plant closures in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence region, 2006-2011", 60th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) , Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Dubé, J., Brunelle, C. 2013. "Building local indicators using spatial micro data: A natural extension for economic geography", 60th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Brunelle, C. 2013. The Spatial Dynamic of SMEs in the Lower St-Lawrence: Towards an Understanding of Factors of Vulnerability and Resilience for Firms Located in Peripheral Regions. Presented at CRDT conference, Quebec, March 16th.

Brunelle, C. 2012. Territorial Trajectories : Organizations, Human Capital and Cumulative Processes. Presented at UQAR regional science conference, Rimouski, Nov. 13th.

Brunelle, C. 2012. The Clustering of Knowledge-Intensive Functions within the Goods Sector: What Future Holds for Quebec Peripheral Regions? Presented at GRIDEQ conference, Rimouski, Sept. 12.

Brunelle, C. 2012. The Growing Economic Specialization of Cities: Disentangling Industrial and Regional Dimensions in the Canadian Urban System, 1971-2006. Presented at : XLIXe colloque de l’Association de Sciences Régionales de Langue Française, Belfort (FR), July 9-11.

Brunelle, C. and Polèse, M. 2011. Moving Apart. The Growing Spatial Division of Functions within Industries. Is the Service Sector different from Manufacturing? Evidence from Canada. Presented at: 58th North American Annual Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Miami, Nov. 9-12.

Brunelle, C. 2011. The Regional Concentration of Skilled Workers within the Goods Sector: Evolution and Trends in Quebec’s regions. Presented at: Direction Recherche et Analyse de Développement Économique Canada, Montréal, August 23.

Brunelle, C. and Polèse, M. 2010. The Growing Functional Specialization of Cities: Comparing Industrial and Regional Effects in the Spatial Division of Functions across the Canadian Urban System, 1971-2006. Presented at: 56th North American Annual Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, San Francisco, November 19th – 21st.

Brunelle, C. and Polèse, M. 2007. Explaining Occupational Location Patterns within Industries: Implications for Local Employment Creation. The Case of the Energy Sector in Canada, 1971-2001. Presented at: Annual Meetings of European Regional Science Association, Paris, August 29th – September 2nd.


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