I joined the faculty in the Department over the summer of 2006 after graduating from the Ph.D. program in Geography at the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to completing my Ph.D. studies, I earned an M.A. in Economics from the Universite Laval and a B.Soc.Sc. (Economics) from the Universite de Moncton. I have also worked as an economist with the Conference Board of Canada's Economic Forecasting and Analysis Division and as a research associate at the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development (Universite de Moncton).
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This word cloud is based on one of my recent papers published in Urban Studies (see Bolton and Breau).
At the core of my research is a drive to understand recent geographies of inequality and, in particular, how these geographies may be linked to globalization. I extend our knowledge of these concerns through theoretical and empirical research that focuses on the dynamics of firms in manufacturing industries, North American labour markets and international trade relationships. More specifically, my research program is shaped around two key foci: (i) studying and interpreting the linkages between international trade, foreign investment and regional economic development and (ii) identifying and analyzing spatial patterns of inequality across North American regions, as well as understanding what causes underlie these patterns. This research program has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Fonds quebecois de recherche sur la societe et la culture (FQRSC), Statistics Canada, the Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics - Access to Research Data Centres and the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration.
My teaching at McGill focuses on economic geography and statistics, from the 200 to 500 level. I normally teach Geography of the World Economy (GEOG-216), Economic Geography (GEOG-311), Quantitative Methods (GEOG-351) and every second year Industrial Restructuring (GEOG-504).
Part of the "un regard sur l'avenir" series. Aired October & November 2014.