Richard Shearmur

School of Urban Planning

McGill University

Richard Shearmur began his career in 1989 as a commercial real estate consultant working for five years in London, Paris and Spain. After completing his PhD at Université de Montréal, and before joining the McGill School of Urban Planning in 2013, he worked for 15 years as professor of urban and regional economics at INRS Urbanisation Culture et Société. As well as publishing about 100 academic papers and five books – dealing with questions of regional economic development, metropolitan spatial structure, innovation and mobility - , he has worked on reports for Industry Canada (on the economic impacts of accessibility), Economic Development Canada (on regional development and innovation), Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (employment centers, metropolitan economic development) and for many other provincial and municipal bodies.  He is an urban planner – member of the OUQ – and a qualified chartered surveyor – Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).