University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
Program Director Local Economic Development
Tara joined the university in 2008 and holds a joint appointment with the Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) department. 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.
Tara's 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. Tara strongly believes that pressing theoretical questions and societal issues must be addressed through rigourous empirical research, using the most appropriate methods. For this reason, Tara uses a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative methods in her research. Her empirical research has primarily focused on Canada; however, it is evolving to examine advanced capitalist economies in Europe and the United States, casting her research in an international comparative context.
|Ph.D.||Geography & Program in Planning, University of Toronto|
|M.A.||Geography, Queens University|
|B.A.||Geography, Queens University|
Current courses taught
- LED/GEOG 685 Theory of local economic development
- LED 686 Practice of local economic development
- LED/GEOG/PLAN 613: Regional development - Principles and practice
- GEOG 311: Local development in global context
- Urban/economic geography, creative cities, cultural industries, clusters and innovation, economic development policy and practice, labour and employment change
- Vinodrai, T. 2014. 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. 2013. 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., 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.