Juste Rajaonson

Juste Rajaonson
Université du Québec à Montréal | UQAM · Department of Urban Studies and Tourism

PhD

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Introduction
Professor of Urban Studies and Sustainability. My research interest is focused on the evolution of urban sustainable development strategies in both developed and developing countries since the 1987 Brundtland report publication.
Additional affiliations
August 2020 - present
Université du Québec à Montréal
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Sustainable Development / Sustainability Strategies and Metrics Urban Studies / Public Sector
September 2017 - July 2020
Université de Montréal
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Metropolitan Governance / Urban and Regional Economics
January 2016 - July 2020
Université de Montréal
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Economic Geography / International Geography of Quebec
Education
September 2011 - May 2017
Université du Québec à Montréal
Field of study
  • Urban Studies
September 2008 - April 2011
Université du Québec à Montréal
Field of study
  • Urban Studies
January 2002 - April 2005
Université de Montréal
Field of study
  • Environmental Geography

Publications

Publications (26)
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In this paper, we analyze an aspect of urban sustainability assessment that is overlooked in the current literature: the interpretation of indicators once their respective score has been computed. The best performing cities, or sustainable cities, are usually identified on the basis of their score for a series of given economic, social, and environ...
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This chapter focuses on the use of sustainability indicators (SI) in tourism management. We address the interpretation and use of tourism SI following their measurement. First, in terms of interpretation, we argue that the typical approach in measuring sustainability is relatively limited. It underestimates the possible compensation between socioec...
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In this paper, we present the results of an analysis of the 23 policy and strategic planning documents that shape the transportation system of the Great Montreal. We identify seven common key objectives and a set of potential criteria that could be used to prioritize transportation projects within the metropolitan area. After confronting these crit...
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Using sustainable tourism indicators (STI) creates many difficulties resulting mainly from the multiple interpretations of the concept of sustainable development, and by extension of the concept of sustainable tourism. To these difficulties are added an absence of a strong academic background, which is the result of incompatibilities between the ne...
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We analyze 17 studies of the use of urban sustainable development indicators (SDI) in developed western countries. The analysis reveals a lack of consensus not only on the conceptual framework and the approach favored, but also on the selection and optimal number of indicators. First, by performing different classifications and categorizations of S...
Research
https://theconversation.com/the-covid-19-pandemic-has-created-regional-tourism-hotspots-as-big-cities-suffer-159892
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This chapter discusses the use of urban sustainability indicators. In traditional approaches, the most exemplary cities are designated based on the value of their overall score for a set of indicators. In this chapter, we argue that such interpretation, on its own, is limited because it does not provide a complete description of the main characteri...
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In this paper, we assess the performance variation of the municipalities in the greater Montreal area between 2005 and 2010 for a set of 12 common urban sustainability indicators. We then measure the global and local spatial autocorrelation of each indicator’s variation in order to describe the regional distribution of the indicators. Three differe...
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Methodological factors are often acknowledged for their impact on the urban sustainability assessment outcomes. The significance of this impact, however, divides those who assign it great importance; to the point of compromising any attempt at sustainability benchmarking using indicators, from those who regard it as having a relatively limited role...
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In this paper, we analyze 25 case studies that specifically discuss and propose sustainability indicators. We look at how the indicators are used across these practices and identify differences and commonalities that will lead to the development of key indicators. On the one hand, our analysis reveals the existence of three dichotomies, respectivel...
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Current research on the conservation of urban heritage is characterized by a growing number of studies that aim to describe and assess the sustainability of existing practices. We analyze 25 case studies that specifically discuss and propose sustainability indicators to assess urban heritage conservation. The analysis reveals a lack of consensus re...
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Issues Research on sustainable urban development is marked by a growing number of studies that aim to provide an overview of sustainable development indicators (SDIs). This dominant focus of research has helped the implementation of urban sustainability policies. It has served to promote areas where cities have had good results and identified those...
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In this presentation, we aim to answer three questions: How does transportation structure urban development? Are the suburbs the main responsible for the metropolitan transportation issues? Can the suburbs become a source of solution to such issues?
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In this paper, we discuss the selection and the use of sustainable tourism indicators (STI). First, we present a selection strategy for STI seeking scientific validity while being consistent with the regional policy objectives. We then illustrate how this strategy can be used with the case of the region of Gaspésie and Iles de la Madeleine for whic...
Technical Report
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This report presents the result of a survey conducted in 2012 on how the inter-municipal and municipal transit actors are perceiving the transportation and mobility planning for the Great Montreal. The results allow making some critical observations on: i) the diversity of opinion regarding the transportation and mobility planning in a regional con...
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This article describes the creation of a grid of sustainable tourism indicators, specifically the strategy adopted by the Gaspesie and Iles de la Madeleine regions of Quebec. First, a list of indicators recognized by experts, which systematically cover the dimensions of sustainable tourism, was compiled. In the second step, the indicators were coor...
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Cet article traite de l’élaboration d’une grille d’indicateurs de tourisme durable en présentant la stratégie adoptée par les régions de la Gaspésie et des Îles de la Madeleine, au Québec. Une première étape établit une liste d’indicateurs reconnus par les experts et couvrant systématiquement les dimensions du tourisme durable. Une deuxième étape p...
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Over the past decade, many historical buildings and monuments have been converted into real estates in Montreal. Few others were preserved for their authenticity and tourism potential. At the same time, the implementation of sustainable practices was mostly driven by environmental concerns. In this paper, we show how a conversion of historic buildi...
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How to reduce greenhouse gases emissions in urban transportation, whereas the least popular measures are generally those that are most effective? In this paper, we argue that the most effective strategies involve a trade-off between socially acceptable and economically efficient measures. In search of such trade-off, we generate several scenarios b...
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À partir d’une sélection de 20 indicateurs de développement durable (DD), nous construisons deux indicateurs composites (IC) qui synthétisent respectivement les dimensions environnementales et socio-économiques du DD. Nous procédons ensuite à l’application des IC aux 25 plus grandes municipalités du Québec selon différents scénarios de classement....
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We propose an approach to create a scientifically valid grid of indicators to assist local decision makers regarding sustainable development management. We apply the selected indicators to establish different rankings of the 25 largest municipalities in Quebec. We demonstrate that there is generally an asymmetry between the socio-economic and envir...
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We propose an approach to create a scientii cally valid grid of indicators to assist local decision makers regarding sustainable development management. We apply the selected indicators to establish dii erent rankings of the 25 largest municipalities in Quebec. We demonstrate that there is generally an asymmetry between the socioeconomic and enviro...
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We analyze 17 studies of the use of sustainable development indicators (SDI) in an urban setting. The analysis reveals a lack of consensus not only on the conceptual framework and the approach favored, but also on the selection and optimal number of indicators. First, by performing different classifications and categorizations of SDI we identify pr...
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Cette étude discute de l’application d’indicateurs et d’indices de développement durable dans le cadre de classements des 25 plus grandes villes québécoises. Notre analyse est basée sur l’utilisation d’indices construits à partir de 20 indicateurs socio-économiques et environnementaux et permettant de tenir compte des différents aspects du développ...

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For many academics, methodological choice are highly influencing the outcomes of  urban sustainability assessment and cities benchmarking. If so, how do you explain the fact that there are some cities that consistently stand out and outperform the others no matter how their sustainability is measured? As this is one of my current research investigation, I am really curious to hear from other academics that are addressing this issue and perhaps exchange ideas and experiences.

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