Sébastien Breau

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Associate Professor

Department of Geography
McGill University
805 Sherbrooke Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0B9

Tel.: 514-398-3242
Fax: 514-398-7437
E-Mail: sebastien.breau [at] mcgill.ca (Sébastien Breau)


Professor Breau is an Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University. He joined the department in 2006 after having completed graduate studies in both geography and economics. In between degrees, he worked as an economist with the Conference Board of Canada's Economic Forecasting and Analysis Division and as a research associate at the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development (Universite de Moncton). At the core of his research is a drive to understand recent geographies of inequality. In particular, how these geographies may be linked to globalization.



His research program is shaped around two key focus:

  1. Identifying and analyzing spatial patterns of inequality across North American regions, as well as understanding what causes underlie these patterns
  2. Studying and interpreting the linkages between international trade, foreign investment and regional economic development.

He extends our knowledge of these concerns through theoretical and empirical research that focuses on the dynamics of firms in manufacturing industries, North American labour markets and international trade relationships.



PhD in Geography (2006): University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Recent Publications:

Breau, S., Toy, B., Brown, M., Macdonald, R. and O. T. Coomes. (2018) In the footsteps of Mackintosh and Innis: Tracking Canada’s centre of economic gravity since the Great Depression. Canadian Public Policy (Forthcoming).

Breau, S., Shin, M. and N. Burkhart. (2018) Pulling apart: new perspectives on the spatial dimensions of neighbourhood income disparities in Canadian cities. Journal of Geographical Systems. 20: 1-25.

Cavanaugh, A. and S. Breau. (2017) Locating geographies of inequality: publication trends across OECD countries, 1980-2014. Regional Studies. DOI:10.1080/00343404.2017.1371292 (published on-line: 22 September 2017).

Coomes, O., Moore, T. and S. Breau. (2017) The price of journals in geography. The Professional Geographer. 69(2): 251-262.

Breau, S. and R. Saillant. (2016) Regional income disparities in Canada: Exploring the geographical dimensions of an old debate. Regional Studies, Regional Science. 3: 464-482.