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Kristian Behrens

Kristian Behrens is Professor of Economics at the University of Québec at Montréal (UQÀM), Canada, and ex holder of the tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Regional Impacts of Globalization. His main fields of research are urban and regional economics, economic geography, and international trade. Dr. Behrens' research interests cover a broad range of topics, but he works mainly on problems related to changes in the geographic organization of cities and regions and the consequences of international trade. His theoretical and applied work has been published in more than 50 articles in the best international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, the International Economic Review, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Urban Economics. He serves as an editor for the Journal of Urban Economics, has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Geography from 2010 to 2016, and has served as a co-editor for Regional Science and Urban Economics, an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics, and the Review of International Economics. He presently serves on the editorial board of Papers in Regional Science. Dr. Behrens is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London, UK) and has been elected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the 'College of new scholars, artists, and scientists' of the Royal Society of Canada. He is affiliated with the Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics (CMSSE, Higher School of Economics, Russia). Dr. Behrens was awarded the August Lösch prize and the Geoffrey J.D. Hewings award in 2012, and the Prix Marcel-Dagenais in 2015. He delivered the 2016 Innis Lecture of the Canadian Economic Association.


  • 2007–2022
    Professor of Economics, UQAM


College of New Scholars, RSC