New generation - taking the time


"There are still many grey areas in our history, especially that of regions that are further from major centres", says

Mrs. Maude Flamand-Hubert, cotutelle PhD candidate in regional development at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and the Department of History at Université Paris IV.

In a book published by the Presses de l'Université du Québec in 2012, the researcher explored the role played by local elite in the development of outlying regions and strategies for accumulating and managing resources during the 19th century, through an examination of the career of Louis Bertrand (1811-1871), a landowner in L'Isle-Verte.

Research needs time to bear fruit. Working too quickly can affect quality.

Motivated by a consuming interest in her research area and subject matter, Ms. Flamand-Hubert, like all researchers, had to make concessions to the need to produce results, a demand that is often at odds with the rigor required by research. "We are under more and more pressure to publish regularly, and to be cited often in the work of others," she explains. "And yet, research needs time to bear fruit. Working too quickly can affect quality. We need to preserve the place of basic research, which takes time.

Maude Flamand-Hubert considers it essential to develop an extensive network and acquire related skills in order to improve job perspectives and become a more accomplished researcher. In her case, past studies in history and resource management have proved to be extremely useful.