1301 W. Green St.
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, American Association of Geographers
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science
Cidell, J., Acosta-Córdova, J., Pimentel Rivera, A., & Zapata, R. (2021). Critical geographies of transport and mobility: Studying power relations through practice, academia, and activism. Geography Compass, 15(12), [e12600]. https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12600
Minn, M., Brady, S., Cidell, J., Ratner, K., & Goetz, A. (Accepted/In press). Shared-use rail corridors: a comparison of institutional perspectives in the United States and the European Union. Transport Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1080/01441647.2021.2003473
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. (2020). Moving and pausing. In Handbook of Urban Mobilities (pp. 154-162). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351058759-16