A proud Acadian originally from Moncton (New Brunswick), Sebastien is an Associate Professor of Economic Geography at McGill University. Before joining McGill in 2006, Sebastien completed graduate studies in both geography and economics at the University of California Los Angeles and the Universite Laval, as well as undergraduate studies at the Universite de Moncton. In between degrees, he also worked as an economist with the Conference Board of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development (Universite de Moncton). He continues to maintain a relationship with the latter institution as he holds a senior research fellowship at the Donald J. Savoie Institute.
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Associate Professor

Current Research

At the core of Sebastien's research is a drive to understand recent geographies of income inequality. More specifically, his 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 explaining spatial patterns of inequality across North American regions and cities. He has published extensively on these issues in a wide range of international journals (such as Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Regional Studies, the Journal of Economic Geography and Applied Geography). Sebastien's research 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 and the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration. He also serves on a number of editorial boards.


Sebastien's teaching at McGill focuses on economic geography and statistics, from the 200 to 500 level. He usually teaches Geography of the World Economy (GEOG-216), Economic Geography (GEOG-311), Quantitative Methods (GEOG-351) and every second year Advanced Economic Geography (GEOG-504).
McGill University
Dep't of Geography
Dep't of Economics
Urban Planning
McGill QICSS Lab
Statistics Canada


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