Conseil québécois d’études géopolitiques and Departemant of Geography, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Name of investigator
Éric Mottet - Principal investigator
Éric Mottet is a Professor of Geopolitics at the Quebec University at Montreal, Canada (Université du Québec à Montréal - UQAM). He is currently assistant director of the Quebec Center of Geopolitics Studies (Centre québécois d’études géopolitiques - CQEG), affiliated with the Institute for International Studies (Institut des hautes études internationales - HEI), Laval University (Quebec City), and co-director of East Asia Observatory at the Quebec University at Montreal. He is also a research associate at the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporain – Irasec), in Bangkok (Thailand), at the Research and Study Group on Contempory Asia Groupe d’études et de recherche sur l’Asie contemporaine (Groupe d’études et de recherche sur l’Asie contemporaine – Gérac), in Quebec City, and member of the Network for Geopolitical Studies (Genesys), in Louvain (Belgium). His research interests include international relations and exploitation of natural resources in Asia. Éric Mottet recently published Rethinking Multipolarity (Repensé la Multipolarité, 2013), China and the World. What new Relations, What new Paradigms (La Chine et le Monde. Quelles nouvelles relations, quels nouveaux paradigms?, 2015), Geopolitics of mineral resources in South Asia (Géopolitique des ressources minières en Asie du Sud-Est, 2015), Geopolitcal Handbook (Manuel de géopolitique, 2016) and Assessing Maritime Disputes in East Asia : Political and Legal Perspectives (Routledge, 2017).
Department of Geography - Université Laval
Name of investigator
Frédéric Lasserre - Principal investigator
Frédéric Lasserre holds a Masters of Commerce (ESC Lyon, 1990), an MBA (York U., Toronto, 1991), a DEA in Geopolitics (U. Paris VIII, 1992) and a Ph.D. in Geography (U. Saint-Étienne, France, 1996).
He worked as a consultant with the European Observatory of Geopolitics (OEG, Lyon, France) on the political and economic transformations of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, then as a foreign language instructor in Japan, then as Advisor in International Affairs on Asian Desks at the Quebec Ministry of Trade and Industry; and then with Investissement Québec, the Crown corporation responsible for the promotion of foreign investment in Quebec.
He is a Professor since 2001 in the Department of Geography at Laval University (Quebec), and a researcher at the Hydro-Québec Institute in environment, development and society (IEDS). He also acted as Project Director with the ArcticNet research network. He is also a researcher with the Institut québécois des Hautes études internationales (IQHEI).
With his book L’éveil du dragon. Les défis du développement de la Chine au XXIe siècle (Presses de l’Université du Québec) [The awakening of the dragon. The challenges of development in China in the 21st century], he won the HEC Best Business Book Award 2006.
He conducted extensive research in the field of water management and on Arctic geopolitics, and published 19 books and over 105 refereed articles. He chairs the Conseil québécois d’Études géopolitiques (CQEG) at Laval University.