Nik Theodore

Nik Theodore is Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development and Assistant Professor in the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). Prior to joining UIC he was a 1997-98 Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Manchester (UK). From 1988 to 1997 he worked as a researcher in the Research & Planning Department of the Chicago Urban League. His research interests include theories of urban economic restructuring, labour market change, economic development policy, welfare policy, and urban politics. His research in these areas has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, U.S. Economic Development Administration, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, British Academy, and local non-governmental organisations.



Recent Publications:

  • 2003 Political economies of day labor: regulation and restructuring of Chicago's contingent labor markets, Urban Studies 40(8): in press.
  • 2002 (edited with Neil Brenner) Spaces of neoliberalism: urban restructuring in North America and Western Europe. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • 2002 (with Neil Brenner) Cities and the geographies of 'actually existing neoliberalism' Antipode 33(3): 349-379.
  • 2001 (with Jamie Peck) Contingent Chicago: restructuring the spaces of temporary labor, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 25(3): 471-496.


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