M.A. Urban Studies, National Institute
of Scientific Research
B.A. Political Science, University of
Pierre Desrochers is Associate Professor
of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research
and teaching activities focus primarily on economic development, technological
innovation, entrepreneurship, international trade, business-environment
and business-university interactions. His other areas of expertise include
intellectual property and urban and housing policy.
PRIMARY FIELDS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING
Business-Environment Interaction; Entrepreneurship
and Local Economic Development; Environmental Policy; Housing policy;
International Trade; Food History and Policy; Technological Innovation
and Technology Transfer; Urban Governance and Policy.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Academic and related
Senior Research Fellow, Center for for the
History of Political Economy, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Julian Simon Fellow, Property and
Environment Research Center (PERC), Bozeman, MT.
Research Director, Montreal Economic Institute,
2000 - 2001
Post-doctoral Fellow, W.P. Carey
Programs on Entrepreneurship and Management, Johns Hopkins University,
1999 - 2000
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Research Fellow, Property and Environment
Research Centre, Bozeman, Montana.
Research Fellow, Institute for
Humane Studies, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
Research Fellow, Centre interdisciplinaire
d'études urbaines, Université de Toulouse - Le Mirail
et CNRS, Toulouse, France.
26. "The Death and Life of a Reluctant Urban Icon." A Review Essay on
Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary by Alice Sparberg Alexiou (Toronto:
HarperCollins Publishers, 2006). Journal of Libertarian Studies,
vol. 21, no. 3 (Fall 2007), pp. 115-36.
22. "De l'importance de la diversité économique locale pour l'innovation
technique et la valorisation des résidus industriels." Cahiers de géographie du
Québec, vol. 50, no. 141 (Décembre 2006), pp. 479-485.
Symbiosis: The Case for Market Coordination," Journal of Cleaner
Production, vol 12, no. 8-10 (October-December 2004), pp. 1099-1110. (2006
Smith-FEE Prize for best article inspired by Austrian economics
published in the last 3 years, Society for the Development of Austrian
Parks: The Case for Private Planning," The Independent Review: A
Journal of Political Economy, vol. 5, no. 3 (Winter 2001), pp. 345-371.
Reprint in In Incentives and Conservation: The Next Generation of
Environmentalists, Dan Benjamin, editor, The Property and
Environment Research Centre, 2004, pp. 3-32.
15. "The Intellectual Groundwaters of Silent Spring: Rethinking Rachel
Carson's Place in the History of American Environmental Thought" (with
Hiroko Shimizu). In Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers and Andrew Morris
(editors). Silent Spring at 50. The
False Crises of Rachel Carson. Cato Institute, pp. 37-60.
12. "Rethinking 'Jacobs Spillovers,' or How Diverse Cities Actually Make
Individuals more Creative and Economically Successful" (with Samuli
Leppälä). In Stephen A. Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth (eds), What We See. Advancing the
Observations of Jane Jacobs, Oakland (CA): New Village Press,
2010, pp. 287-296.
10. "'Business as Usual' in the Industrial Age: (Relatively) Lean, Green
and Eco-Efficient" (with Karen Lam). In
Industrial Ecology: Concepts and Practices, Asis Kumar Pain and
Somnath Hazra, editors, ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts
of India) 2008.
3. "Prices, Property and Sustainability:
Toward a More Positive Assessment of Past Practices and Institutions."
In Debating Environmental Regimes: Looking Forward, Looking Back, Patrick
Hayden, Tom Lansford, Bryan Hilliard and J. L. Walsh editors, Nova Science
Publishers, 2002, pp.141-154.
1. "The Archipel Project: A Missed Opportunity?"
(with Éric Duhaime). In Practising Sustainable Water Management:
Canadian and International Experiences, Dan Shrubsole and Bruce Mitchell,
editors, Cambridge, Ontario: Canadian Water Resources Association, 1997,
pp. 155-166. [in French]
20. Review of The Economics and Politics of Climate Change by
Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn (eds) (Oxford University Press,
2011/2009). Review of Economic Philosophy, volume 14, no. 1 (Summer
2013), pp. 125-129.
19. Review of The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs edited by Sandra
Hirt (ed). Routledge. 2012), Environment and Planning B: Planning and
Design, volume 40, no. 4 (June 2013), pp. 758-759.
17. Review of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions, Why Cities Matter
by Mario Polese (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010),
Regional Studies, vol. 44, no. 8 (October 2010), pp. 1097-1098.
16. Review of Knowledge in the Development of Economies:
Institutional Choices Under Globalisation - Edited by Silvia
Sacchetti and Roger Sugden (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2009), Economic
Geography, vol. 86, no. 3 (July 2010), pp. 325-326.
15. Review of Car Nation: An Illustrated History of Canada's
Transformation behind the Wheel by Dimitry Anastakis (Toronto: James
Lorimer and Company, 2008), Ontario
History, vol. 101, no. 2 (Autumn 2009), pp. 265-266.
13. Review of The Learning Region. Foundations, State of the Art,
Future by Roel Rutten and Frans Boekema (eds) (Edward Elgar
Publishing, 2007), Regional Studies, vol. 42, no. 7 (August 2008), pp.
12. Review of Electric Choices. Deregulation and the Future of
Electric Power by Andrew N. Kleit (ed.) Rowman & Littlefield
Publishers, Inc and Independent Institute, 2007, Canadian Geographer,
vol. 51, no. 4 (Winter 2007), pp. 501-502.
7. Review of Ivory Tower and Industrial Innovation.University-Industry
Technology Transfer Before and After the Bayh-Dole Act by David C.
Mowery, Richard R. Nelson, Bhaven N. Sampat, and Arvids A. Ziedonis (eds)
(Stanford University Press, 2004). Canadian Journal of Regional
Science, vol. 28, no. 2 (Summer 2005), pp. 405-407.
6. Review of Globalisation, systèmes productifs et dynamiques
territoriales by Régis Guillaume (éditeur) (L'Harmattan, 2005),
Canadian Journal of Regional Science, vol. 28, no. 2 (Summer 2005),
4. Review of Tibor R. Machan's Liberty
and Research and Development (Hoover Institution Press, 2002), Knowledge,
Technology & Policy, vol. 16, no. 2 (Summer 2003), pp. 103-107.
3. Review of Robert U. Ayres and Leslie
W. Ayres' A Handbook of Industrial Ecology (Edward Elgar, 2002)
and Penny Allen, Christophe Bonazzi and David Gee's Metaphors for Change. Partnerships, Tools and Civic Actions for Sustainability (Greenleaf
Publishing, 2001), Knowledge,
Technology & Policy, vol. 16, no. 1
(Spring 2003), pp. 130-134.
2. Review of Terence Kealey's The Economic
Laws of Scientific Research (St Martin's Press, 1997), Knowledge, Technology
& Policy, vol. 13, no. 4 (Fall 2000), pp. 117-120.
1. Review of Jane Jacobs' The Nature
of Economies (Modern Library/Random House, 2000), The Review of
Austrian Economics, vol.13, no. 2 (September 2000), pp. 229-232.
• Shorter Papers
Spring at 50" (chapter 1) (with Roger Meiners and Andrew P. Morriss)
in Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson, Cato
Institute (September 2012) (with Roger Meiners and Andrew P. Morriss).
University of Toronto Mississauga Faculty
Excellence Award, 2005.
Management Reviews' Independent Review Board - Author of top environmental
management paper and top fifty management article of 2002 (for "Industrial
Ecology and the Rediscovery of Inter-Firm Recycling Linkages," Industrial
and Corporate Change, Vol. 11, no. 5, 2002).
Winner in the 1997 Annual Essay Competition
for Graduate Students of the Society
for the Development of Austrian Economics.
Sigma Xi, Member 1997 - 2002.
Major Research Grants and Fellowships
"Local Diversity and Interindustrial Knowledge
Spillovers: A Case Study of Ontario Inventors", April 2005 - April 2008,
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (sole
Connaught Start-up Grant, University of Toronto.
New Faculty Start-Up Grant, University of
Institutions and Eco-Industrial Development:
An Historical Inquiry. Earhart Foundation, 2001-2002.
Scholarship, 1996-1998. Fond pour la formation
de chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche (FCAR - Government of Quebec
Human Studies Fellowship, 1995-1999. Institute
for Humane Studies, George Mason University.
University of Montreal Fellowship Award, 1995-1996.
National Institute of Scientific Research
(Québec) Fellowship Award, 1993-1994.
Cahiers de géographie du Québec
Canadian Journal of Regional Science
Creativity & Innovation Management
Economic Development Quarterly
Electronic Journal of Sustainable
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Environment and Planning A
Environment, Development and
European Planning Studies
Geografiska Annaler B
Industry and Innovation
Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice
International Journal of Entrepreneurship
and Innovation Management
International Small Business Journal
Journal of Cleaner Production
Journal of Economic Geography
Journal of Environmental Management
Journal of Environmental Planning and
Journal of Evolutionary Economics
Journal of Industrial Ecology
Journal of Planning Literature
New Zealand Economic Papers
Pacific Historical Review
Papers of Applied Geography Conferences
Progress in Industrial Ecology
Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Review of Austrian Economics
Revue de philosophie économique
Revue internationale PME
Research Councils, Granting Agencies and
Agence nationale de la recherche (France);
Canada Foundation for Innovation;
National Geographic Society;
National Science Foundation (USA);
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada (SSHRC).
Various presentations at academic meetings and
university colloquia in
Canada, the United States, Ireland, Sweden, Russia, France,
India, Denmark, Finland and Guatemala.
Various presentations in governmental commissions and
professional forums on topics such as the future of Canadian
cities, sustainable development, ethical investment, housing
policy, forest management and food policy. Videos of some these
can be found here.