The Centre is home to 5 research chairs, 3 of which are Canada research chairs.
Chair: Mario Polèse
What is the impact of new information and communication technologies on urbanization? As Canada Research Chair in Regional and Urban Studies, Mario Polèse and his team work to better understand the relationships between major socio-economic changes such as technological innovation or social change, and their affect on the region. The Chair's research focuses on the dynamics of the internal structures of towns and cities, interregional and spatial dynamics of economic activity and urban systems, as well as the effectiveness of regional development policies. The Chair’s objectives are to increase the ability of various actors to formulate more effective policies regarding regional and urban development, and develop more rigorous explanatory models, particularly with respect to the impact of new information technology and the location trends for specific industries.
Chair: Richard Shearmur
The geography of cities is ever changing; people leave urban centres in favour of the suburbs. Given that a country’s economic development depends in part on how its land is used, it is important to collate the information necessary to make informed decisions with respect to urban planning, housing, road infrastructures, etc. As Canada Research Chair in Spatial Statistics and Public Policy, Richard Shearmur and his team apply database management techniques to the issues of spatial development of metropolitan economies and public policy impact analyses. Research activities include analyzing the relationships between population, the economy, and space from the perspective of intrametropolitan and regional development, and developing applied spatial analysis methodologies.
Chair: Julie-Anne Boudreau
How do people live with fear, risk, and uncertainty in large cities? What is the political reaction of various social groups to this increasing feeling of insecurity? What can the government do to address this? As the Canada Research Chair in Urbanity, Insecurity and Political Action, Julie-Anne Boudreau and her team analyze the many sources of feelings of insecurity one by one, such as the demographic changes resulting from immigration or economic insecurity. Their goal is to better understand the relationships between experience of fear, risk, uncertainty, and insecurity, as well as the government’s representation of that experience in redefining and reconfiguring its functions. To gain a clear understanding, the Chair focuses its research on analyzing three areas, namely fear and perception of risk, the political expression of the feeling of insecurity, and the provision of "security" by the government.
Chair: Guy Bellavance
The Fernand-Dumont Chair on Culture was created in January 1998 in memory of Fernand Dumont, sociologist, historian, philosopher, theologian, poet, and one of Quebec's foremost intellectuals of the 20th century. As the institutional legacy of Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture, a paragovernmental research institute he created and led for over ten years, the Chair continues to look at and expand on the concerns and issues that fueled Fernand Dumont's work on culture. The Chair draws equally on innovation and memory to study the roots, evolution, and new cultural forces at work in contemporary societies, especially in Quebec. The Chair organizes its activities along seven lines of research under the supervision of professors from the Urbanisation Culture Société (Urbanization Culture Society) Research Centre: "The Handing Down of Culture" (Fernand Harvey), "Public History" (Normand Perron), "Cultural Policies" (Diane Saint-Pierre), Artistic Practices" (Guy Bellavance), "Culture and Science" (Benoît Godin), “Culture, Religion, and Science” (Pierre Lucier), and "Cultural Industries" (Christian Poirier).
Chair: Johanne Charbonneau
Every 80 seconds someone in Quebec needs blood. Whether to treat a child with leukemia or to save the life of someone injured in a traffic accident, all blood products come from blood drives organized by Hema-Quebec, which rely on the goodwill of volunteer donors. The Research Chair on the Social Aspects of Blood aims to increase awareness of the dynamics associated with blood donation, given the need for a continuous and long term blood supply. Under the direction of Johanne Charbonneau, the Chair is a project funded from 2008 to 2014 by Hema-Quebec, from 2010 to 2012 by the Hema-Quebec Foundation, and from 2010 to 2013 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).