Frédéric Lasserre


Dr. Frédéric Lasserre holds a Master of Commerce (ESC Lyon, 1990), an MBA (York U., Toronto, 1991), a DEA in Geopolitics (U. Paris VIII, 1992) and a Ph.D. in Geography (U. Saint-Étienne, France, 1996).

He worked as a consultant with the European Observatory of Geopolitics (OEG, Lyon, France) on the political and economic transformations of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, then as a foreign language instructor in Japan, then as Advisor in International Affairs on Asian Desks at the Quebec Ministry of Trade and Industry; and then with Investissement Québec, the Crown corporation responsible for the promotion of foreign investment in Quebec.

He is Professor since 2001 in the Department of Geography at Laval University (Quebec). He acted as Project Director with the international ArcticNet research network. He is also researcher with the Institut québécois des Hautes études internationales (IQHEI) and chairs the Conseil québécois d’Études géopolitiques (CQEG) at Laval University.

With his book L’éveil du dragon. Les défis du développement de la Chine au XXIe siècle (Presses de l’Université du Québec) [The awakening of the dragon. The challenges of development in China in the 21st century], he won the HEC Best Business Book Award 2006.

He conducted extensive research in the field of water management and on Arctic geopolitics, and published 21 books and over 110 refereed articles.

Current projects

Understanding and managing conflicts in extractive industries in the era of global justice (2017-2018). Funded by the Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada, Programme Développement de Partenariat

Approche postmoderniste de la gestion de la navigation touristique dans l’Arctique québécois : l’apport des théories de la conservation environnementale comme outil d’adaptation aux changements climatiques, (2017-2018). Funded by Fondation de l’Université Laval, Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société (IHQEDS) – Financement de la recherche.

Recent publications

Babin, J. & Frédéric Lasserre (2019): Asian states at the Arctic Council: perceptions in Western States. Polar Geography.

Têtu, P.-L.; Frédéric Lasserre, S. Pelletier & J. Dawson (2019): ‘Sovereignty’ over submerged cultural heritage in the Canadian Arctic waters: case study from the Franklin expedition wrecks (1845-48), Polar Geography.

Alexeeva, O. et F. Lasserre (2018). An analysis on Sino-Russian cooperation in the Arctic in the BRI era. Advances in Polar Sciences, 29(4): 269-282.

Alexeeva, O. et F. Lasserre (2018). The Evolution of Sino-Russian Relations as Seen from Moscow: The Limits of Strategic Rapprochement. L’évolution des relations sino-russes vue de Moscou : Les limites du rapprochement stratégique. China Perspectives/Perspectives chinoises, 2018(3): 69-77/75-84.

Huang. L. ; Lasserre, Frédéric et Mottet, É. (2018). Nouvelles liaisons ferroviaires transasiatiques : une entreprise stratégique? Politique étrangère, 2018-1, 119-131.