Julie Cidell


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., University of Chicago

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.