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Urbana, IL 61801
Julie Cidell is a native of the Chicago area with a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. She has published papers on airport expansion, the suburban logistics landscape, the geography of chocolate, and green buildings. She has worked as a transportation engineer in Boston and taught physical geography in northern and southern California. Currently, she is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her work focuses on critical perspectives on transportation geography.
urban political ecology
At the broadest level, my research in urban, political, and economic geography focuses on urban infrastructure, especially transportation. I ask how local government and individual actors matter in struggles over large-scale infrastructure and policy development and the corresponding environments that are produced. I consider how space and mobility interact to produce places and processes. In so doing, I seek to broaden the study of transportation within the discipline of geography and to understand how changes in urban sustainability go hand in hand with changes in urban governance.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Chicago
"The Conventions of Building Green: The Role of Public Policy in the U.S. Green Building Industry." National Science Foundation
Awards and Honors
Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2012-13
Finalist, Nystrom Award, Association of American Geographers
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Geography and Geographic Information Science
Cidell, J. (2020). Cooperating on Urban Sustainability: A Social Network Analysis of Municipalities across Greater Melbourne. Urban Policy and Research, 38(2), 150-172. https://doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2020.1753689
Cidell, J. (2020). Mobility, Protest, and Legislative Backlash: State-Level Sponsorship of Antiprotest Legislation in the United States in 2017. Professional Geographer, 72(4), 556-565. https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2020.1763812
Cidell, J. (2019). Secessionist automobility and freight railroads: Fear of the “urban” in Chicago's suburbs. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 126, 58-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2019.05.018
Cidell, J. (2018). Assembling and re-assembling Asian carp: The Chicago area waterways system as a space of urban politics. In K. Ward, A. E. G. Jonas, B. Miller, & D. Wilson (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics (pp. 426-438). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315712468-42
Cidell, J. (2017). Aero-automobility: getting there by ground and by air. Mobilities, 12(5), 692-705. https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2016.1240318