Pierre Desrochers

Associate Professor


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Environmental, Food, Energy and Technology History and Policy, Economic Development, Innovation Policy, History of Ideas.


More detail on research and teaching activities can be found on my personal website.


“The Paradoxical Malthusian. A Promethean Perspective on Vaclav Smil’s Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities (MIT Press, 2019) and Energy and Civilization: A History (MIT Press, 2017).” Energies, vol. 13, no. 20 (2020), article 5306 https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/13/20/5306

“Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Economic Order Methodologist: Part 2: Metaphors and Methods” (with Joanna Szurmak), Cosmos + Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, vol. 4, no. 2 (2017), pp. 21-48 https://cosmosandtaxis.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/szurmak_desrochers_ct...

“Long Distance Trade, Locational Dynamics and By-Product Development: Insights from the History of the American Cottonseed Industry.” (with Joanna Szurmak). Sustainability vol. 9, no. 4 (2017), article 579 https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/4/579


PhD, Université de Montréal