Thompson Rivers University

Gilles Viaud

Name: Dr. Gilles Viaud
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: TRU
Phone: 250-828-5239


Urban and Social Geography of small cities

Research Interests

Aging in Kamloops
Quality of Life in Small cities
Social geography of small cities
Social structure of urban residential areas
Urban residential changes in Canada


BA (Laval), MA (Laval), PhD (Sask)


Viaud, G. (In Progress) The invisible cities: small cities, quality of life and Canada's urban policy priorities.

Viaud G. (2011) The small city quality of place reporting system: guiding principles and implementation guidelines. Small Cities Imprint, Volume 3, No. 1, pp. 52-58.

Viaud G. (Unpublished) Towards a small city quality of place reporting system. Small Cities CURA, Thompson Rivers University.

Viaud G. (Unpublished) The small city quality of place reporting system and toolkit. Small Cities CURA, Thompson Rivers University.

Hughson, J., Nadler, K. and Viaud, G. (2010) The Friction of distance and creative growth in British Columbia's small cities: 1996 to 2006. Small Cities Imprint Vol.2(1). Online journal from Small Cities CURA, Thompson Rivers University.

Sorba, A., Vike, K. and Viaud, G. (2010) The economic vitality of small cities in Canada: a case study of Kamloops and Prince George. Cities Imprint Vol.2(1). Online journal from Small Cities CURA, Thompson Rivers University.

Stacey, P., Viaud, G., Worts, D., Michalos, A., Duxbury, N., McColl, R., Tucker, A. and Seasons, M. (2009) "Roundtable on Defining Quality of Life and Cultural Indicators For Small Cities. In Gagnon, A, Garrett-Petts, WF, Hoffman, J., Hubert, H., Kading, T., Maddox, K-A. and Ratsoy, G. editors: "The Last Best West": An Exploration of Myth, Identity, and Quality of Life in Western Canada. Vancouver: New Star Books and Textual Studies in Canada, Thompson Rivers University, 127-159.

Viaud, G. (2006) Deux chantiers de l'ecologie factorielle: le genre et les petites villes (Factorial ecology's two challenges: gender and small cities). Cahiers de geographie du Quebec: revue internationale de geographie humaine, Vol 50, No. 141, 303-309.

Viaud, G. (2006) Ecole francophone de Kamloops: rapport de l'analyse du sondage des eleves et des parents distribue en Janvier 2006 (Kamloops francophone school : analytical report on January 2006's students and parents survey). Study written for l'Ecole francophone de Kamloops.

Viaud, G. (1999) La geographie du peuplement francophone de l'Ouest (The geography of french settlements in the West). In Theriault, J.-Y. (editor): Francophonies minoritaires au Canada: l'etat des lieux. Regroupement des universites de la francophonie hors Quebec. Moncton: Editions d'Acadie, 77-96.

Viaud, G. (1997) Sondage sur le role des parents dans une Composante scolaire fransaskoise restructuree (Survey on parents' role in a restructured fransaskois school board). Special edition of L'Encrier, Association des Parents Fransakois, Saskatoon, June 1997.

Randall, J.E., and Viaud, G. (1994) A gender-sensitive Urban Factorial Ecology: male, female, grouped and gendered social spaces in Saskatoon. Urban Geography, Vol.15, No.8, 741-777.

Viaud, G. (1992) Feminist research in geography: an example. Women's Studies Research Unit Newsletter, University of Saskatchewan, 6 (2), 4-5.

Villeneuve, P.Y. and Viaud, G. (1987) Asymetrie occupationnelle et localisation residentielle des familles a double revenu a Montreal (Occupational asymmetry and residential location of two-earner families in Montreal). Recherches Sociographiques, 28 (2-3), 371-391.

Courses Taught

GEOG 1010 Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 2220 The Regional Geography of Canada
GEOG 3500 Introdution to Urban Geography
GEOG 3570 Introduction to Social and Behavioural Geography
GEOG 4480 Directed Studiesin Geography
GEOG 4500 Urban Analysis
GEOG 4800 Geography of Small Cities
SERV 3000 & 4000 Service Learning
EDUC 5060 Directed Seminar

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Association of Geographers
American Association of Geographers
Compagnie des Cents-Associes Francophones
Member at Large, Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (Since 2016)


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