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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


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Research Output 2003 2019

railway transport
freight transport
urban transport
suburban area

Assembling and re-assembling Asian carp: The Chicago area waterways system as a space of urban politics

Cidell, J. L., Jan 1 2018, The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. Ward, K., Jonas, A. E. G., Miller, B. & Wilson, D. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 426-438 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

urban politics
shipping lane

Aero-automobility: getting there by ground and by air

Cidell, J., Sep 3 2017, In : Mobilities. 12, 5, p. 692-705 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hub and spoke network
long-distance travel
metropolitan area
environmental policy
international comparison

LEED buildings

Cidell, J., Feb 24 2017, Handbook on Geographies of Technology. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 336-346 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter