The Team

The chairholder

Gérard Duhaime

Gérard Duhaime
Ph.D. Sociology
M.A. Political Science
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext. 2997

Gérard Duhaime is a sociologist (economic sociology) and political scientist (political analysis). He conducts research programme on social change, the economy, development, mass consumption and indebtedness.

He has been teaching sociology at Université Laval since 1988, initially within consumer sciences programmes, and since 2002 with the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He supervises the work of several post-graduate students, most of whom are participating in major research projects.

He has published several books and papers, edited collective works, and given many conferences. His books include: Arctic Food Security (CCI Press, 2008), La vie à crédit, consommation et crise (PUL, 2003), Le Nord, Habitants et Mutations (PUL, 2001), De l’Iglou au HLM, Les Inuit sédentaires et l’État-Providence (CEN, 1985).

Former president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), co-founder of the Circumpolar Arctic Social Sciences Ph.D. Network (CASS), member assigned by the International Council for Science to the International Polar Year Planning Committee, he played an important role in the integration of the social issues and communities of the North to the programme of the International Polar Year. He assumed many scientific and social responsibilities abroad (University of Lapland, Roskilde University), in Canada (University of Alberta) and in Quebec (Nunavik Commission). Finally, he held several positions in administration and scientific discussion at Université Laval before setting up the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin Chair for Nordic social sciences research, funds created for the purpose of supporting advanced studies, and being offered to create the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Aboriginal Conditions.

The results of the work he directs are covered by the press on a regular basis. The magazines Innovation Canada, Québec Science and Revue Notre-Dame have devoted articles to his background and to his works.

Director of the databanks

Andrée Caron

Andrée Caron
M.A. Sociology
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext. 4730

Andrée Caron is the holder of a master degree in sociology. She has been working with the Chair since 2002, initially as a researcher and then as director of the ArcticStat and Nunivaat databanks, which she conceived and implemented in close collaboration with a team of computer specialists. She is responsible for the contents, development and update of the databanks. She directs a team of students charged with assisting her in this work. She is also responsible for the conception and implementation of the Chair's Internet site. Furthermore, she actively participates in several research projects conducted within the framework of the Chair's scientific programme, and she contributes to the academic supervision of the students.

Associated researchers

Roberson Édouard

Roberson Édouard
PhD. sociology
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext. 4729

Roberson Édouard is working with the Chair in various capacities since 2004. He holds a doctorate in sociology of development (Université Laval, Québec). He teaches sociology and social sciences research methods at Université Laval, Université d’État d’Haiti and Cégep Garneau. For about ten years, he is studying various development issues including poverty, exclusion and violence. He has to his credit several books and articles, including Violences et ordre social en Haïti. Essai sur le vivre-ensemble dans une société postcoloniale (PUQ, 2013) ; Les soins de santé primaires. Critiques d’une orthodoxie (PUQ, 2010) ; Une société parallèle : la vocation du peuple? Essai sur le dédoublement de la société haïtienne (L’Harmattan, 2009).

Jean Robitaille

Jean Robitaille
Ph.D. (Consumer Economics, Missouri-Columbia University)
M.A. (Measurement and evaluation, Université Laval)
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext. 8390

Jean Robitaille is an economist specializing in the econometric modeling of consumer behavior. It is also psychometer (measurement and evaluation). His research interests cover matters such as assessing the economic value of household non-paid domestic production, debt and the use of consumer credit and the development of methodologies for assessing the cost of life between different geographical regions.

Since 1998 he teaches quantitative methods and microeconomic theory of consumer at the department of food economy and consumer sciences at Université Laval. In 2000, he received an award of excellence from the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), together with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), for his research on the conceptual and empirical refinement of the methodological approach the opportunity cost for the assessment of the economic value of household production. He is the recipient of the teaching excellence award Paul-Gervais of 2002 and a teaching excellence award of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in 2003.

Daniel Troie

Daniel Troie
Bacc. Criminology
Phone: 514 647-1958

Daniel Troy made career with the Correctional Service of Canada as a Parole Officer for almost thirty (30) years. Graduated from Université de Montréal in criminology (Bachelor degree), he worked as first-line speaker. For much of his career, he served as Liaison Officer with the Prison des femmes (Maison Tanguay), the Waseskun Center and the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. It was at this time he was introduced to the realities of Inuit and Aboriginal communities. Since his retirement in 2011, he conducted as a consultant, working with BDL firm on behalf of the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau (KMHB), a full survey on the household composition in all Nunavik communities dwellings. Since September 2014, he works as a Research Associate and Field Coordinator for the survey Cost of Living in Nunavik.

Research professional

Sébastien Lévesque

Sébastien Lévesque
M.A. sociology
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext. 5614

Sébastien Lévesque did his first and second tertiary level degree studies in sociology at Université Laval. His memoir entitled « Les inégalités sociales dans l’Inuit Nunangat – L’empreinte, le pic et la crevasse » was directly related to the Chair's research themes. Throughout his graduate education, he contributed to numerous studies done by the team. He now plays a dual role in the Chair: as a research professional, he works closely with the chairman and takes part in all stages of research; as an analyst, he meets documentary and statistical needs of the various stakeholders and partners affiliated with the Chair

Administrative assistant

Lise G. Fortin

Lise G. Fortin
Phone: 418-656-7596

Lise Girard-Fortin has been administrative assistant at the Chair since its creation. She has the same functions at the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research of Université Laval. Her extensive experience allows the members of the Chair to carry out their work in the best administrative and logistical conditions possible.

The students, post-doctoral researchers and research assistants

The Chair welcomes post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers involved in work that is generally related to the scientific programme. Not only are they invited to participate in the work of the Chair, but also to integrate its approaches, methods, and results to their own research. They collaborate in all the phases of the work, including the production of research reports and scientific papers, as well as in the scientific meetings of the teams. They enjoy the benefit of a stimulating academic environment, well-equipped installations and state-of-the art computer equipment, and they are encouraged to publicize their work through participation in the seminars, symposiums and congresses on campus and elsewhere in the world.

Fabian Enrique ALVAREZ VACCA
Ph. D. degree student in sociology
Subject: Ethno-development as a strategy for strenghthening identity in Québec's Atikamekw communities

M.A. degree student in sociology
Subject: Community kitchen in Nunavik: Study cases in Kagiqsualujjuaq and Kujjuuaq

Marileine BARIBEAU
M.A. degree student in sociology
Subject: Intetegration and social housing: the case of modification of Nunavik rents scales

Étienne CANTIN
M.A. degree student in sociology
Subject: Food insecurity among people living alone


M.A. degree student in sociology

Subject: The representation of well-being in  the Arctic communities

M.A. degree student in agroeconomy-consumption
Subject: Development and testing of an index of geographical reference

Ph.D. degree student in sociology
Subject: Pleasure as a prism for understanding consumer practices

Valérie HARVEY

Ph.D. degree student in sociology
Subject: The difficulties of returning to work for fathers who took a parental leave


Sajjad Taghizadeh IMANI

Ph.D. degree student in sociology

Subject: Low income measures and rates among the First Nations in Canada


Ph.D. degree student in sociology
Subject: Poverty in Nunavik


Ph.D. degree student in sociology
Subject: Poverty: a critical approach



Le UArctic (University of Lapland's Arctic Center) lance un appel à candidatures pour un séminaire qui aura lieu à Rovaniemi (Finlande) les 30 et 31 août 2017. L'objectif de ce séminaire est d'inviter un petit groupe de jeunes professionnels (20 à 35 ans) à réfléchir sur ce que la sécurité et la gouvernance mondiales pourraient impliquer dans les 20 à 30 prochaines années à partir des changements qui se produisent dans l'Arctique. La date limite pour soumettre une candidature est le 20 avril.

Statistics Norway vient de faire paraître The Economy of the North 2015. Cette publication est consacrée à l'analyse de certains aspects économiques et sociaux des régions circumpolaires. La chaire a une fois de plus contribué à cette publication par l'écriture du deuxième chapitre intitulé Social and Economic Inequalities in the Circumpolar Arctic. Le titulaire de la chaire a aussi agi comme co-éditeur de cette publication.

La grande conférence "Interdisciplinarité: gloire et péril de la sociologie" donnée par Gérard Duhaime au congrès de l'AISLF en 2016 fait l'objet d'une émission disponible pour visionnement au Canal Savoir.

La prochaine école internationale d'été de Postdam (Allemagne) aura lieu du 4 au 13 septembre 2017. Cette école vise à donner l'occasion à de jeunes professionnels, postdoctorants et futurs dirigeants d'échanger des idées et d'établir de futures coopérations. Le thème cette année est "Human Environments in a Changing World". La période d'inscription se termine le 18 mai. Plus d'informations sont disponibles sur le site de l'école.

Les éditions Nota Bene viennent de faire paraître Pauvreté quotidienne, pauvreté planétaire. Cet ouvrage collectif a été réalisé sous la direction de Gérard Duhaime et de Roberson Édouard.