Marc Doussard

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago 2008

Room 210 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 611 Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Marc Doussard's research examines urban economic development through changes to footloose and placebound industries. His book Degraded Work (University of Minnesota Press) documents the restructuring of local-serving industries and the paths to upward mobility opened and foreclosed by changing competitive practices. His subsequent work on these industries includes the co-authored study Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast Food Industry, and ongoing research on wage-theft laws, community-labor coalitions outside of large cities, and the national fast food organizing campaign.

This focus on the neglected subject of local-serving industries complements ongoing research on the contribution of innovative, mobile industries to local labor market opportunities. Here, his research covers manufacturing Makerspaces and the local institutions that convert innovation into employment.

Doussard received a B.A. from Columbia College, and his M.U.P.P. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was long-time associate of the Center for Urban Economic Development. His past and current research partners include EnterpriseWorks, Fast Food Forward, the Service Employees International Union, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, the United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE HERE!, the Humboldt Park Chamber of Commerce, Women Employed, Action Now, Local First Chicago, the Illinois Department of Revenue and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Selected Publications

Doussard, Marc and Jacob Lesniewski. "Fortune Favors the Organized: How Chicago Activists Won Equity Goals under Austerity." Forthcoming, Journal of Urban Affairs.

Doussard, Marc, Schrock, Greg and Thomas W. Lester. ""Did U.S. Regions with Manufacturing Design Generate More Production Jobs in the 2000s? New Evidence on Innovation and Regional Development." Forthcoming, Urban Studies.

Doussard, Marc. "Organizing the Ordinary City: How Labor Reform Strategies Travel to the U.S. Heartland" Forthcoming, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Doussard, Marc and Ahmad Gamal. "The Rise of Wage Theft Laws: Can Community-Labor Coalitions Win Victories in State Houses?" Forthcoming in Urban Affairs Review.

Doussard, Marc and Greg Schrock. 2015. "Uneven Decline: Linking Historical Patterns and Processes of Industrial Restructuring to Future Growth Trajectories." Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 8 (2): 149-165.

Doussard, Marc. 2015. "Equity Planning Outside City Hall: Rescaling Advocacy to Match Complex Problems." Journal of Planning Education and Research 35 (3): 296-306.

Ashton, Philip, Doussard, Marc and Rachel Weber. "Reconstituting the State: City Powers and Exposures in Chicago's Infrastructure Leases." Urban Studies. doi:10.1177/0042098014532962

Doussard, Marc. 2014. “Reevaluating the Pursuit of Defense Investment." Economic Development Quarterly 28 (4): 339-350.

Doussard, Marc. Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market. 2013, University of Minnesota Press

Ashton, Philip, Doussard, Marc and Rachel Weber. 2012. “The Financial Engineering of Infrastructure Privatization: What are Public Assets Worth to Private Investors?" Journal of the American Planning Association 78 (3): 300-312..

Doussard, Marc, Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore. 2009. “After Deindustrialization: Uneven Growth and Economic Inequality in ‘Postindustrial’ Chicago.” Economic Geography 85 (2): 183-207.

Persky, Joe, Marc Doussard and Wim Wiewel. 2009. “Metropolitan Multipliers and Limits to Local Sovereignty.” Urban Studies 46 (3): 519-536.

Doussard, Marc and Nik Theodore. 2006. “The Temporary Staffing Industry and Workforce Development: Assessing a system of Local Experiments.” Local Economy 21 (3): 264-278.

Weber, Rachel N., Marc Doussard, Saurav Dev Bhatta and Dan McGrath. 2006. “Tearing the City Down: Understanding Demolition Activity in Gentrifying Neighborhoods.” Journal of Urban Affairs 28 (1): 19-41

Organizing the Ordinary City: How Labor Reform Strategies Travel to the U.S. Heartland. Forthcoming, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Teaching and Advising

UP 589: Research Design and Methods

UP 552: Regional Development Theory

UP 545: Economic Development Practice and Policy

UP 330: The Modern American City

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