Associate Professor

Room EV3-4231, ext. 33278
tvinodra@uwaterloo.ca
W2017 office hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am or by appointment

Tara joined the department in 2008 and holds a joint appointment with SEED. At the core of her research program is a concern with understanding and theorizing the dynamics of contemporary economic change and the emerging and evolving geographies of the knowledge-based economy. Her research is highly interdisciplinary  in scope drawing on the social sciences, and innovation, organizational and management studies.


Key Areas of Graduate Supervision
urban/economic geography, creative cities, cultural industries, clusters and innovation, economic development policy and practice, labour and employment change

Recent Courses Taught
GEOG 311: Local development in global context
GEOG/LED/PLAN 613: Regional development - Principles and practice
GEOG 675: Special topics in geography - Art, culture and economic development
ENBUS 302: Strategies for environment and business

Research Interests
At the core of my research program is a concern with understanding and theorizing the dynamics of contemporary economic change and the emerging and evolving geographies of the knowledge-based economy. My research is firmly grounded in economic geography, but draws upon a broader, interdisciplinary literature in the social sciences, particularly urban and regional economic development and planning, international political economy, evolutionary economics, and innovation, organizational and management studies. I strongly believe that pressing theoretical questions and societal issues must be addressed through rigourous empirical research, using the most appropriate methods. For this reason, I use a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative methods in my research. My empirical research has primarily focused on Canada; however, it is evolving to examine advanced capitalist economies in Europe and the United States, casting my research in an international comparative context.

Recent Publications

  • Vinodrai, T. forthcoming. Design in a downturn? Creative work, labour market dynamics and institutions in comparative perspective. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, doi: 10.1093/cjres/RSS011
  • Vinodrai, T. forthcoming. Attracting and retaining talent in Canadian cities: Towards a holistic view? In Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Economic Innovation, ed. J.L. Grant. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Vinodrai, T., Nathu, R., Robson, E., Ross, S., Parker, P. and Scott, S. 2012. Taking regional action? Understanding networks in the local food, green energy and creative sectors in Waterloo region. Research monograph prepared for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.
  • Vinodrai, T. 2011. Understanding Canada’s evolving design economy: Employment, institutions and public policy. In The Handbook of Creative Cities, ed. D. Andersson, A.E. Andersson, and C. Mellander. Edward Elgar, pp. 146-168.
  • Spencer, G., Vinodrai, T., Gertler, M.S., and Wolfe, D. 2010. Do clusters make a difference? Defining and assessing their economic performance. Regional Studies 44(6): 697-715.
  • Vinodrai, T. 2010. The dynamics of economic change in Canadian cities: Innovation, culture and the emergence of a knowledge based economy. In Canadian Cities in Transition, 4th edition, ed. T. Bunting, P. Filion, and R. Walker. London: Oxford University Press, pp. 87-109.
  • Vinodrai, T. 2010. Working here, made there: Project-based design work in Toronto. In Industrial Design, Competition and Globalisation, ed. G. Rusten and J.R. Bryson. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 117-140.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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