left, Brunet-Jailly, Gagné and Pineau. [Becky Lockhart photos]
ITS BONJOUR, UVIC! FOR PUBLIC
by Becky Lockhart
The three most recent additions to the school of public administration
share more than a common language they bring a diversity
of experience in the public sector, economics and business.
Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly had always dreamed of living by the
sea and working at a good university. So its no surprise that
hes happy to be teaching courses at UVic on local government,
urban politics and law and public administration.
I couldnt do better, says the Paris-born scholar
who was raised on the French Riviera. With a PhD in political science
from the University of Western Ontario, a law degree and 10 years
of work in the French government, Brunet-Jailly has a diversity
of experience to bring to the classroom. And he doesnt miss
his native country as much as people assume I would.
Brunet-Jaillys decision to work in North America was based
on the realization that to get the best jobs and research opportunities
you have to be here. Hes currently finishing a
book that deals with his PhD work on public policy and public service
in urban regions located on international borders. It includes case
studies of Detroit, Vancouver, Tijuana, San Diego, Lille (France),
and Enshede (Holland).
I think we can learn so much from others, and comparing is
a wonderful way to see what people do in other places. Its
the best possible way to be inspired, and be creative
about a problem, an issue or something difficult.
Pierre Olivier Pineau didnt plan to teach at an English-speaking
university, but he says its a natural choice for an academic
to embrace the English language. Writing about your work in
English makes it available to more people, explains the Quebec
native, who attended lÉcole des Hautes Études
Commerciales in Montreal and joined UVics public administration
department last summer.
Pineau had a chance to practise communicating in his second language
while teaching last year in Concordias economics department,
and during the two years he spent in Finland teaching and doing
His dissertation focused on electricity reforms and deregulation,
a line of research he intends to continue. I want to focus
on the structure of the electricity market in Canada and the social,
economic and environmental policies surrounding this, he says.
Pineau realized he truly wanted to work in public administration
when he learned more about the UVic school. Its a professional
school, so we have to teach people how to apply the tools, not just
give them ideas.
Lynda Gagné is interested in how childcare, the maternal
labour supply and other family environmental factors affect child
development and behaviour. Shes also looked at the effect
of childcare costs on the maternal labour supply and at the equity
of the childcare expense deduction.
An economist who has worked as an accountant and spent time in the
public sector, Gagné is currently finishing her UBC PhD thesis
on childcare in Canada, and is teaching classes in accounting and
And despite her Quebec accent she was born in Rimouski
shes spent most of her life in B.C. Her family moved to Terrace
when she was still young. My French is not as good as my English,
A faculty member at UBC who knew Gagné wanted to work at
UVic encouraged her to consider the school of public administration.
I was really lucky, because there were two positions I was
qualified for. Her current teaching responsibilities are a
good fit, she says, because theyre a mix of accounting and
economics. And shes always been interested in the public sector
COMES HOME FROM OZ
by Becky Lockhart
After 10 years in Australia, Dr. Graham Voss couldnt resist
coming back to a job on the campus he first experienced as an undergrad.
Sydney is quite easily one of the most beautiful places in
the world, he says of the city he left this summer. Voss grew
up in Victoria, and it was the only place in Canada able to draw
him back to his home country.
A macroeconomist with a BA from UVic and a PhD from Queens
who went on to teach for seven years at the University of New South
Wales in Sydney, Voss looks at the big picture of the economy. His
areas of interest include monetary and fiscal policy, exchange rates,
and the role banks play in the economy.
When he left Sydney, hed been working at the Reserve Bank
of Australia for three years. I didnt go into it with
plans to stay, he says, explaining that his work there was
really a form of research. So why the move back to academia? You
have more academic freedom in a university.
Voss is now teaching economics classes. Although his primary research
area to date has been macroeconomic policy, hes also working
on another interesting puzzle that suggests to him how
little is known about how economies work. He and a colleague in
Australia are studying the economic growth of industrialized countries
to determine what factors make some countries grow at similar rates
at similar times.
Sometimes its obvious, he says, if there are significant
trade relationships that allow countries to influence one another
in terms of growth and investment. But it seems as though there
could be other forces at work, such as approaches to managing the
economy, and even common languages.