Gerald R.

PhD Simon Frazer University, 1991
Associate Professor, Division of Social Science
Associate Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability
Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy

HBA, MA Western Ontario; PhD Simon Fraser

“I don’t do business that don’t make me smile.” Jimmy Buffett

Therefore, I teach courses on the environment and do research that integrates environmental issues with fun economic activities. To do so, I reoriented my training in economic geography to incorporate the environment and broaden my range of topic areas. I teach courses on sustainable development, environment and business, and environmental governance. I also teach a course on Japan because that’s where I’ve done most of my research and because my sons love sushi.

My research focus is on how competitors cooperate in inter-firm relations, in local and regional settings, in the global commons, and in support of sustainable development. My topic areas include competitive-cooperative relations in the robot, electric vehicle, Japanese houses, precious wood, multi-media, wine, and skiing industries. I’ve also delved into theory. Some of this research has been more fun than others.

Research Interests
• Territorial and Inter-firm Cooperation
• Sustainable Development
• Environmental Economic Geography
• The Organization of Variety
• Business and Environment
• Japan
Courses Taught
SOSC 1400: Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area
SOSC 2170: Environment, Sustainability and Business: A Design Approach
SOSC 5620: Sustainable Development