Marie-Soleil Cloutier has been a professor at the Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique since January 2009. After the completion of her master’s in geographic information system at UQAM, she obtained a PhD in Geography at Université de Montréal.
The originality of her thesis lay in the combined use of quantitative (spatial analysis, GIS and statistics) and qualitative datasets (risk perceptions) for a better understanding of road risk on the way to school in a parent/child context. Her expertise in health geography is used to lead research projects around various interests related to road safety for the most vulnerable, primarily pedestrians (child and older adults especially). She is now Director of the Pedestrian and Urban Space Laboratory. Most of her research projects are in collaboration with community partners (cities, public health, etc.) and other researchers in Quebec, Canada, and France.