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A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2014, Patrick Mundler is Full Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Sciences at Université Laval. He is also a a regular member of the Centre de Recherche sur le Développement Territorial (CRDT) and the Research Group on Agriculture, Territories, and Development.
Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Lumière University Lyon 2, he is is interested in the current relation between agriculture (understood as an economic and social practice that plays a determining role in the way resources are used and territories are developed) and rural, suburban, and urban spaces. This leads him to carry out research on the interplay between agriculture and territorial development or other multifaceted social demands. Topics of interest include short food supply chains, the multifunctionality of agriculture, and the ways that agricultural restructuring is shaped by territorial factors.
After teaching economics at various agricultural schools, he became a teacher and researcher at the Collège Coopératif Rhône-Alpes from 1998 to 2001. He then led from 2001 to 2012 the Department of Social Sciences and Management at ISARA-Lyon, a school of agricultural engineering. He joined the Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Sciences in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Université Laval in January 2013.