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Cedric Brunelle

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

Office: SN 2006
Tel: (709) 864-8194
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: cbrunelle[at]mun[dot]ca

I hold a Ph.D. (2012) and a M.Sc. (2008) in Urban Studies from INRS – Urbanisation, Culture Société Research Center (Montreal, QC), as well as a B.A. (2005) in Science and Technology Studies completed at UQAM (Montreal, QC) and University College London (London, UK). Prior to coming to Memorial, I completed a postdoctoral internship in Regional Development at UQAR (Rimouski, QC).  I have also worked for two years as an economic analyst for Canada Economic Development’s Policy, Research and Programs Division, and five years as a research analyst in the Spatial Analysis and Regional Economics Laboratory (SAREL) at INRS.

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Interests

  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Development
  • Resource Economy
  • Urban Geography
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Spatial Analysis

Selected Publications

Brunelle, C., Dubé, J. and Devaux, N. “L’analyse des trajectoires territoriales de développement : un apport possible des données micro spatiales?”. Canadian Journal of Regional Science.  In evaluation.

Brunelle, C. and Polèse, M. “Moving Apart. The Growing Spatial Division of Functions within Industries. Is the Service Sector different from Manufacturing? Evidence from Canada”.  International Regional Science Review. In evaluation.

Brunelle, C. 2013. “The Growing Economic Specialization of Cities: Disentangling Industrial and Regional Dimensions in the Canadian Urban System, 1971-2006”. Growth and Change.  Forthcoming.

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.

Selected Conference Presentations

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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