Personal profile

Personal profile

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.

Research Interests

urban sustainability
urban political ecology

Professional Information

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


Honors & Awards

Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2012-13
Finalist, Nystrom Award, Association of American Geographers


"Using Arts and Culture to Mitigate the Effects of Transportation Infrastructure" Minnesota Department of Transportation

"Electrification, Emissions, Exposure, and Equity: Community-Driven Scenarios for Freight Vehicle Electrification" U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"The Conventions of Building Green: The Role of Public Policy in the U.S. Green Building Industry." National Science Foundation

Office Address

2068 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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