By Anonymous - Posted on 14 September 2011

Research Labs and Groups

The Centre is a vital hub for a plethora of groups and networks that our professors have developed with colleagues from other institutions and a variety of backgrounds.

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♦ Spatial Analysis and Regional Economics Laboratory (SAREL)

Professors in charges: Philippe Apparicio, Mario Polèse, Marie-Soleil Cloutier, and Richard Shearmur


The Urbanisation Culture Societé (Urbanization Culture Society) Research Centre professors at LASER use Geographical Information System (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis, statistical analysis, and database management software to develop multiple spatial databases for North America as a whole, the United States, Canada, and the Island of Montreal. LASER also develops interactive atlases of employment and immigration for the Montreal metropolitan area, as well as a socioeconomic atlas for the State of Puebla, Mexico, developed in partnership with Mexican researchers.



♦ Laboratoire de recherche Ville et ESPAces politiques (Urban and Political Space Research Laboratory) (VESPA)

Professor in charge: Julie-Anne Boudreau


The Urbanisation Culture Societé (Urbanization Culture Society) Research Centre's professors at VESPA use multimedia tools to collect visual and audiovisual (photo, video, audio) data, and process (using computers, video editing software, and other tools), archive, network, and present (projectors, televisions, etc.) this data. The data compiled is used to analyze mobility, political processes, and discussion about fear and insecurity, as well as the emotions felt in the city and about the city. VESPA conducts a wide variety of activities, and its research stands out for its social relevance and the rigor and originality of the techniques used.






♦ Quebec Metropolis Centre–Immigration and Metropolis (QMC-IM)

Professor in charge: Annick Germain


Quebec Metropolis Centre—Immigration and Metropolis (QMC-IM) brings together researchers from six Quebec Universities, including the INRS Urbanisation Culture Societé (Urbanization Culture Society) Research Centre, which acts as host. QMC-IM is subsidized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and other federal partners. QMC-IM’s mission is to ensure that research on immigration and integration is in line with the needs of public policy decision makers and regional stakeholders. The 2007–2012 research program looks at various issues such as citizenship and social, cultural, linguistic, and civic integration; children, families, and youth; the role of communities in welcoming newcomers and minorities; justice, police, and security; and housing and community life. Through its work, QMC-IM strives to meet a number of objectives, including developing innovative, multidisciplinary ways methods for researching these issues from a Canadian perspective, with a special emphasis on Quebec, bolstering ties with public partners, developing comparative studies with other cities, and disseminating research findings more effectively to a broader audience.



♦ Montreal Interuniversity Group (MIG), Urbanization and Development

Professor in charge: Anne-Marie Séguin


Created in 1989, the Montreal Interuniversity Group (MIG), Urbanization and Development promotes training, education, and skill development in urban studies research and applied research in urban planning in developing nations. It brings together some 50 professors and researchers from four Montreal area institutions, including the INRS Urbanisation Culture Société (Urbanization Culture Society) Research Centre.  In 1989 MIG was designated an International Centre of Excellence by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which also accredited its Urban Development Partnership Program (Costa Rica, Haiti, Mexico, and Trinidad) in 1996, and its Social Vulnerability and Urban Management Program (Honduras and Nicaragua) in 2003.



♦ The Research and Knowledge Network Relating to Aboriginal Peoples (DIALOG)

Professor in charge: Carole Lévesque


DIALOG provides an innovative forum for dialogue between First Peoples and the academic community. DIALOG was founded to promote research and co-construction and is committed to the development of just, egalitarian and equitable social relationships. Created in 2001 and attached to INRS, DIALOG is subsidized by Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). DIALOG brings together more than 150 individuals from academic and aboriginal communities in Quebec, Canada, the Americas, the Central and South Pacific, Europe, and Asia. These individuals with various backgrounds and diverse research methods and interests work together toward the goal of promoting, disseminating, and revitalizing research regarding aboriginal peoples. Regular and affiliated researchers representing 21 academic disciplines come from 27 universities around the world, including 12 in Quebec, 4 in Canada, 4 in Mexico, and 7 in Europe.  DIALOG boasts a close working relationship with 19 partner institutions including Concordia University, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Université du Québec à Montreal, University of Alberta, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Quebec Native Women Inc., and the Native Friendship Centres of Quebec.



♦ Villes Régions Monde (VRM) (Cities Regions World)

Professor in charge: Claire Poitras


Funded by Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), Villes Régions Monde (Cities Regions World) is an interuniversity urban studies network dedicated to facilitating joint research and training and promoting and publishing research findings. Drawing on four academic institutions, the VRM team brings together leading Quebec researchers to look at issues of territorial organization and development, land use and the environment, local management, and new urban challenges. Projects conducted under the auspices of VRM take an integrated approach to building websites tailored to researchers, students, and socio-economic partners from the academic, political, civic, and private sectors.




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