Pierre Desrochers , Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U o f T Mississauga

University of Montreal (2000)

Contact Information:

Phone:     (905) 828-5206
Location: Room Davis 3273 (UTM)
Downtown Office: Room SSH5023 (100 St. George Street)
Email:     pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/desrochers

Research Interests:

  • Economic development
  • Technological innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International trade
  • Food policy
  • Business-environment, business-university interactions


Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR419H5F – Geography of Food: Geographical Patterns and Environmental Impacts

GGR365H5F – Trade and Globalization

GGR287H5S – Food and Globalization

GGR325H5S – Business and Industrial Geography

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Desrochers, P. Haight, C. 2014. “Squandered Profit Opportunities? Some Historical Perspective on Wasteful Industrial Behavior and the Porter Hypothesis. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 92 , pp. 179-189.
  • “Squandered Profit Opportunities? Some Historical Perspective on Wasteful Industrial Behavior and the Porter Hypothesis” (1st author, with Colleen Haight). Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 92 (November 2014), pp. 179-189.
  • “Regional Economic Analysis: The Case for Methodological Individualism” (2nd author, with Samuli Leppälä). Advances in Austrian Economics, vol. 16 (2012), pp. 25-56.*
  • “Freedom Vs Coercion in Industrial Ecology: A Reply to Boons.” EconJournalWatch, vol. 9, no. 2 (May 2012), pp. 78-99.
  • Desrochers, P., Leppälä, S. 2011.  “Opening up the Black Box of Jacobs Externalities.” Journal of Economic Geography, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 843-863.
  • Desrochers, P., Leppälä, S. 2011. “Creative Local Environments: The Case for Local Economic Diversity” Creativity & Innovation Management, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 59-69.
  • Desrochers, P., Leppälä, S. 2010. “Industrial Symbiosis: Old Wine in Recycled Bottles? Some Perspective from the History of Economic and Geographical Thought”, International Regional Science Review, vol. 33, no. (3), pp. 338-361.
  • Leppälä, S., Desrochers, P. 2010. “The Division of Labor Needs Not Imply Regional Specialization” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 74, nos. 1-2, pp. 135-147.
  • Desrochers, P. 2010. “The Environmental Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits (by Creating Value within the Bounds of Property Rights).” Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 161-204.
  • Desrochers, P. 2009. “Victorian Pioneers of Corporate Sustainability.” Business History Review, vol. 83, issue 4, pp. 703-729.
  • Hospers, G., Sautet, F., and Desrochers, P. 2009.  “The Next Silicon Valley? On the Relationship between Geographical Clustering and Public Policy” International Entrepreneurship & Management Journal, vol. 5, issue 3, pp. 285-299.
  • Desrochers, P. 2009. “Does the Invisible Hand have a Green Thumb? Market Incentives and the Development of Wealth from Industrial Waste in Victorian England.” Geographical Journal, vol. 175, no. 1, pp. 3-16.
  • Desrochers, P. 2008. “Did the Invisible Hand Need a Regulatory Glove to Develop a Green Thumb? Some Historical Perspective on Market Incentives, Win-Win Innovations and the Porter Hypothesis.” Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 519-539.
  • Desrochers, P.. Sautet, F. 2008. “Policy Environments that Best Enable Entrepreneurship: The Case of Regional Specialization Vs Spontaneous Industrial Diversity.” Entrepreneurship:  Theory & Practice, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 813-832.
  • Desrochers, P. 2007. “How did the Invisible Hand Handle Industrial Waste? By-Product Development before the Modern Environmental Era.” Enterprise and Society, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 348-374.
  • Desrochers, P, Hospers, G.-J.. 2007. “Cities and the Economic Development of Nations. An Essay on Jane Jacobs’ Contribution to Economic Theory.” Canadian Journal of Regional Science, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 115-130.
  • Desrochers, P. 2004.“Industrial Symbiosis: The Case for Market Coordination.” Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 12, no. 8-10, pp. 1099-1110.
  • Desrochers, P., Feldman, M. 2004. “Truth for Its Own Sake: Academic Culture and Technology Transfer at Johns Hopkins University.” Minerva, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 105-126.
  • Desrochers, P., Ikeda, S. 2003. “On the Failure of Socialist Economies to ‘Close the Loop’ on Industrial Waste: Insights from the Austrian Critique of Planning.” Environmental Politics, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 102-122.
  • Desrochers, P., Feldman, M. 2003. “Research Universities and Local Start-Up Development: Lessons from the Johns Hopkins University.” Industry and Innovation, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 5-24.
  • Desrochers, P. 2002. “Industrial Ecology and the Rediscovery of Inter-Firm Recycling Linkages: Some Historical Perspective and Policy Implications.” Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 1031-1057.
  • Desrochers, P. 2002. “Natural Capitalist’s Indictment of Traditional Capitalism: A Reappraisal”. Business Strategy and the Environment, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 203-220.
  • Desrochers, P. 2002. “Regional Development and Inter-Industry Recycling Linkages: Some Historical Perspective.” Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 49-65.
  • Desrochers, P. 2001. “Cities and Industrial Symbiosis: Some Historical Perspective and Policy Implications.” Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 29-44.
  • Desrochers, P. 2001. “Local Diversity, Human Creativity and Technological Innovation.” Growth and Change, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 369-394.
  • Desrochers, P. 2000. “Market Processes and the Closing of “Industrial Loops”: A Historical Reappraisal.” Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 4, no.1, pp. 29-43.

Book Chapters

  • Desrochers, P., Shimizu H. 2012 “The Selective Silence of Silent Spring: Birds, Pesticides, and Alternatives to Pesticides” In Roger Meiners, Andrew Morriss and Pierre Desrochers (eds). Silent Spring at 50. The False Crises of Rachel Carson. Cato Institute,, pp. 97-117.
  • Desrochers, P., Shimizu H. 2012. “On the Intellectual Groundwaters that Fed into Silent Spring. Rethinking Rachel Carson’s Place in the History of American Environmental Thought”  In Roger Meiners, Andrew Morriss and Pierre Desrochers (eds). The Legacy of Rachel Carson. Cato Institute, pp. 37-60.
  • Desrochers, P., Leppälä, S. 2011 “Creative Local Environments: The Case for Local Economic Diversity.” In David Emmanual Andersson, Åke E. Andersson and Charlotta Mellander (eds). Handbook of Creative Cities. Edward Elgar, pp. 422-434.
  • Desrochers, P., Leppälä, S. 2010.  “Rethinking ‘Jacobs Spillovers,’ or How Diverse Cities Actually Make Individuals more Creative and Economically Successful.” In Stephen A. Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth (eds), What We See. Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, New Village Press, pp. 287-296.
  • Desrochers, P., Hospers G-J. 2009. “Jane Jacobs and the Economy of Cities.” In Aloys Prinz, Albert E. Steenge and Nina Isegrei (eds), New Technologies, Networks and Governance Structures, LIT Verlag, pp. 123-141.
  • Hospers G-J., Sautet, F. and Desrochers, P. 2008. “Silicon Somewhere: Is There a Need for Cluster Policy?” Handbook of Research on Innovation and Clusters: Cases and Policies, Charlie Karlsson (ed), Edward Elgar, pp. 430-446.
  • Desrochers, P., Hospers G-J., and Sautet, F. 2008. “Diversity and the Case against Cluster Policy.” In Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory, Charlie Karlsson (ed), Edward Elgar, pp. 234-245.
  • Desrochers, P. 2001. “Urban Diversity and the Processes of Intersectoral Diffusion: Some Insights from the Study of Technical Creativity”. In Institutions and Systems in the Geography of Innovation, Maryann Feldman and Nadine Massard (eds), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 99-116.


Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life