Kristian Behrens is Associate Professor of Economics at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal). He received his PhD at the University of Burgundy in Dijon in 2004. After holding a post-doctoral fellowship at CORE he joined UQAM in 2007 and was tenured in 2011. Since 2010, Professor Behrens also holds a junior Canada Research Chair.
In his career so far Professor Behrens has been a very prolific scholar. His initial focus was on the role of transportation costs in New Economic Geography models. He has since broadened his interest to various other topics such as tax competition, international trade, and urban economics. He has started doing empirical work on a variety of topics including the measurement of the concentration of economic activity, the understanding of changes in aggregate international trade flows, or urban primacy in Africa. He is currently developing new quantitative and structural approaches with broad applicability to the field of regional science.
His numerous publications span a large range of prestigious journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Urban Economics, or the Journal of International Economics among many others. Despite his young age, Professor Behrens became co-editor of the Journal of Economic Geography two years ago. He has also served in the board of other journals such as the Canadian Journal of Economics or Papers in Regional Science.
The North American Regional Science Council is pleased to present the 2012 Geoffrey J. D. Hewings Award to Kristian Behrens.