Pierre Desrochers , Associate Professor

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Home Campus:
U o f T Mississauga

PhD:
University of Montreal (2000)

Contact Information:

Phone:     (905) 828-5206
Location: Room Davis 3273 (UTM)
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:

GGR 329 – Environment and the Roots of Globalization

GGR 387- Food and Globalization

GGR 325 – Business and Industrial Geography

GGR 365 – Trade and Globalization

Selected Publications:

– Refereed Articles

  • “Supply Management and Household Poverty in Canada” (with Vincent Geloso and Alexandre Moreau), International Review of Economics – Journal of Civil Economy, vol. 65, no. 2 (2018), pp. 231-240.
  • “Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Economic Order Methodologist: Part 2: Metaphors and Methods” (with Joanna Szurmak), Cosmos + Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, vol. 4, no. 2 (2017), pp. 20-47.
  • “Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Economic Order Methodologist: Part 1: Intellectual Apprenticeship” (with Joanna Szurmak), Cosmos + Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, vol. 4, no. 2 (2017), pp. 1-19
  • “Snatching the Wrong Conclusions from the Jaws of Defeat: A Historical/Resourceship Perspective on Paul Sabin’s The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future (Yale University Press, 2013), Part 2: The Wager: Protagonists and Lessons” (with Vincent Geloso), New Perspectives on Political Economy, vol. 12, no. 1-2 (2016), pp. 42-64.
  • “Snatching the Wrong Conclusions from the Jaws of Defeat: A Historical/Resourceship Perspective on Paul Sabin’s The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future (Yale University Press, 2013), Part 1: The Missing History of Thought: Depletionism vs Resourceship.”(with Vincent Geloso), New Perspectives on Political Economy, vol. 12, no. 1-2 (2016), pp. 5-41.
  • “Long Distance Trade, Locational Dynamics and By-Product Development: Insights from the History of the American Cottonseed Industry” (with Joanna Szurmak). Sustainability, vol. 9, no. 4 (2017), article 579.
  • “Squandered Profit Opportunities? Some Historical Perspective on Wasteful Industrial Behavior and the Porter Hypothesis” (with Colleen Haight). Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 92 (2014), pp. 179-189.
  • “Regional Economic Analysis: The Case for Methodological Individualism” (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 (2012), pp. 78-99.
  • “Opening up the Black Box of Jacobs Externalities” (with Samuli Leppälä).  Journal of Economic Geography, vol. 11, no. 5 (2011), pp. 843-863.
  • “Creative Local Environments: The Case for Local Economic Diversity” (with Samuli Leppälä). Creativity & Innovation Management, vol. 20, no. 1 (2011), pp. 59-69.
  • “Industrial Symbiosis: Old Wine in Recycled Bottles? Some Perspective from the History of Economic and Geographical Thought” (with Samuli Leppälä). International Regional Science Review, vol. 33, no. (3) (2010), pp. 338-361.
  • “The Division of Labor Needs Not Imply Regional Specialization” (with Samuli Leppälä). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 74, nos. 1-2 (2010), pp. 135-147.
  • “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 (2010), pp. 161-204.
  • “Victorian Pioneers of Corporate Sustainability.” Business History Review, vol. 83, issue 4 (2009), pp. 703-729.
  • “The Next Silicon Valley? On the Relationship between Geographical Clustering and Public Policy” (with Gert-Jan Hospers and Frédéric Sautet). International Entrepreneurship & Management Journal, vol. 5, issue 3 (2009), pp. 285-299.
  • “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 (2009), pp. 3-16.
  • “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 (2008), pp. 519-539.
  • “Policy Environments that Best Enable Entrepreneurship: The Case of Regional Specialization Vs Spontaneous Industrial Diversity.” Entrepreneurship:  Theory & Practice (with Frédéric Sautet), vol. 32, no. 5 (2008), pp. 813-832.
  • “How did the Invisible Hand Handle Industrial Waste? By-Product Development before the Modern Environmental Era.” Enterprise and Society, vol. 8, no. 2 (2007), pp. 348-374.
  • “Cities and the Economic Development of Nations. An Essay on Jane Jacobs’ Contribution to Economic Theory”(with Gert-Jan Hospers).  Canadian Journal of Regional Science, vol. 30, no. 1 (2007), pp. 115-130.
  • “Industrial Symbiosis: The Case for Market Coordination.” Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 12, no. 8-10 (2004), pp. 1099-1110.
  • “Truth for Its Own Sake: Academic Culture and Technology Transfer at Johns Hopkins University” (with Maryann Feldman) Minerva, vol. 42, no. 2 (2004), pp. 105-126.
  • “On the Failure of Socialist Economies to ‘Close the Loop’ on Industrial Waste: Insights from the Austrian Critique of Planning” (with Sanford Ikeda). Environmental Politics, vol. 12, no. 3 (2003), pp. 102-122.
  • “Research Universities and Local Start-Up Development: Lessons from the Johns Hopkins University” (with Maryann Feldman) Industry and Innovation, vol. 10, no. 1 (2003), pp. 5-24.
  • “Industrial Ecology and the Rediscovery of Inter-Firm Recycling Linkages: Some Historical Perspective and Policy Implications.” Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 11, no. 5 (2002), pp. 1031-1057.
  • “Natural Capitalist’s Indictment of Traditional Capitalism: A Reappraisal”. Business Strategy and the Environment, vol. 11, no. 4 (2002), pp. 203-220.
  • “Regional Development and Inter-Industry Recycling Linkages: Some Historical Perspective.” Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, vol. 14, no. 1 (2002), pp. 49-65.
  • “Cities and Industrial Symbiosis: Some Historical Perspective and Policy Implications.” Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 5, no. 4 (2001), pp. 29-44.
  • “Local Diversity, Human Creativity and Technological Innovation.” Growth and Change, vol. 32, no. 3 (2001), pp. 369-394.
  • “Market Processes and the Closing of “Industrial Loops”: A Historical Reappraisal.” Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 4, no.1 (2000), pp. 29-43.

– Book Chapters

  • Desrochers, P., Szurmak, J. “The Environmental Benefits of Long-Distance Trade: Insights from the History of By-Product Development.” In Megan E. Jenkins, Randy T Simmons, and Camille H. Wardle (eds). The Environmental Optimism of Elinor Ostrom. Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, 2020, pp. 173-208.
  • Szurmak, J., Desrochers, P. “Population Growth and the Governance of Complex Institutions: People Are More Than Mouths to Feed.” In Megan E. Jenkins, Randy T Simmons, and Camille H. Wardle (eds). The Environmental Optimism of Elinor Ostrom. Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, 2020, pp. 91-147.
  • Desrochers, P., Leppälä, S., Szurmak, J. “Urban Diversity and Innovation” In Harald Bathelt, Patrick Cohendet, Sebastian Henn and Laurent Simon (eds), The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation, Edward Elgar, 2017, pp. 215-229.
  • Desrochers, P. “Lies, Damn Lies and Locavorism. Bringing some Truth in Advertising to the Canadian Local Food Debate.” In Charlene Elliott (ed). How Canadians Communicate VI: Food Promotion, Consumption, and Controversy. Athabasca University Press, 2016, pp. 229- 250.
  • Desrochers, P., Feldman, M., Bercovitz, J. “Knowledge for the World: A Brief History of Commercialization at Johns Hopkins University.” In Tom Allen and Rory O’Shea (eds). Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 156-191.
  • 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.

– Books

  •  Desrochers, P., Szurmak, J. 2018. Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change. Global Warming Policy Foundation [Reviews and press coverage available at https://populationbombed.com/]
  • Desrochers, P., Shimizu H. 2012. The Locavore’s Dilemma. 2012. PublicAffairs. [Reviews and press coverage available at http://globavore.org/]
  • Desrochers, P., Morriss A., and Meiners R. (eds) Silent Spring at 50. The False Crises of Rachel Carson. 2012. Cato Institute. [Reviews and press coverage available at http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/desrochers/Silent-Spring-at-50.htm ]

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life