Axis “Economy, social innovation, and social transformation”

Richard Shearmur

Richard Shearmur

Axis Director


Full Professor, Director, School of Urban Planning (McGill University)

Research interests

Urban and regional economic development; geography of innovation; intra-metropolitan urban form; issues of measurement and numbers


Contact information

richard.shearmur [at] (> Email)

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Selected publications

David Doloreux and Richard Shearmur. "Does the Geographic Distribution of Knowledge Intensive Business Services Affect the Use of Services for Innovation? Empirical Evidence from Quebec KIBS Manufacturers", in Ferreira, J., M. Raposo, C. Fernandes and M. Desjardins (dir.), Knowledge Intensive Business Services and Regional Competitiveness, London, Routledge, 2016.

Richard Shearmur and David Doloreux. "Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) Use and User Innovation: High-Order Services, Geographic Hierarchies and Internet Use in Quebec's Manufacturing Sector", Regional Studies, vol. XLIX, no 10, 2015, p. 1654-1671. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.870988.

Richard Shearmur. "Que reste-t-il de la classe créative?", Nouveau Projet, no 3, 2013, p. 141-144.

Richard Shearmur and D. Doloreux. "Innovation and KIBS: The Contribution of KIBS to Innovation in Manufacturing Establishments", Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2013, online. DOI:10.1080/10438599.2013.786581

Richard Shearmur, L. Terral and M. Polèse. "La géographie de la croissance d’emploi en France à l’aune de processus Nord-Américains: vers une théorisation du contexte", Cybergeo, article 631, 2013.

Richard Shearmur. "Are Cities the Font of Innovation? A Critical Review of the Literature On Cities and Innovation", Cities. The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, vol. XXIX, 2012, p. S9-S18.

Richard Shearmur. "Montréal 1950-2010: la métamorphose de l'économie spatiale", Working paper (INRS), no 1, 2011.

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