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Champaign, IL 61820
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 an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her work focuses on two main areas: the political economy of transportation, and green buildings and public policy.
urban political ecology
At the broadest level, my research in urban, political, and economic geography focuses on urban infrastructure, specifically transportation and green buildings. Using the theoretical frameworks of cultural economy and urban political ecology, 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 incorporate insights from cultural economy on how economic and cultural activities are intertwined and from urban political ecology on the discursive and material construction of urban environments. 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
Cidell, J. L. (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
Cidell, J. (2017). Imagining sustainability: Creative urban environmental governance in Chicago and Melbourne. Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315683454
Cidell, J. (2017). LEED buildings. In Handbook on Geographies of Technology (pp. 336-346). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd..