Richard Shearmur is the editor-in-chief of Urban Geography (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rurb20/current). His research interests mostly focus on cities and firm-level innovation, innovative municipalities, urban and regional development, measurement, data and knowledge and real estate and so on. He has published over 150 papers in journals/book chapters and participated in numerous research projects.
After getting bachelor degree in Cambridge University and MUP degree in McGill, he gained his doctor degree in de Montréal University. From November 1998 to July 2013, he worked in Institut national de la recherche scientifique· Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre and now he joins McGill urban planning school as professor from August 2013.
讲座题目1：Factors of regional growth.
讲座内容简介：Using statistical analyses based on Canadian and French data, this lecture will discuss which factors are connected to urban and regional growth. These factors will be broadly divided into two: geo-structural factors (linked to location, accessibility and size) and local factors (linked to population, human capital and industrial structure). The methods, techniques and data used to perform the analyses will be described. The importance of solid theorization, reliable data and clear concepts will be discussed. Specific themes such as human capital and accessibility will be discussed in more detail, and the question of whether models work across all regions, across different scales and across different countries will also be raised.
讲座题目2：The geography of innovation: what we can learn from Canada
讲座内容简介：Innovation is often presented as a key factor of regional growth. However, results from Canada show that innovation occurs in many different types of regions, yet some types of region decline and others grow. In this paper a new way of theorizing the innovation process will be discussed. This way of theorizing the innovation process reconciles the apparent paradox that innovation occurs in places where there is little or no economic growth.
讲座题目3：The Canadian Urban System
讲座内容简介：Canada is a vast country, and economic activity is spread unevenly across its urban centres. This lecture will first present the concept of an urban system. It will then describe the economic geography of Canada, presenting maps, data and tables showing how different towns specialize in different economic functions. The central argument is that Canadian cities are not really competing between each other, rather they each are playing a role in a wider system. Regularities will be pointed out, and some factors of change will also be discussed.
讲座题目4：Publication process in academic journals
讲座内容简介：In this talk he will describe, in broad terms, the way that journals work. Each journal is different, and this is a key thing that potential authors must understand. He will discuss what to look for when deciding where to publish, and will then describe in more detail the way that Urban Geography 9the journal that he is editor-in-chief of functions internally. He will also discuss the review process, what types of reviews are typically received, and how authors should deal with reviews.