Core Faculty

Marc Doussard

Assistant Professor of Urban & Regional Planning
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008


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.

Contact Information
Room 210
Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217.300.0379
Fax: 217.244.1717
E-mail: mdouss1@illinois.edu


Selected Publications

Doussard, Marc. "Equity Planning Outside City Hall: Rescaling Advocacy to Confront the Sources of Urban Problems." Forthcoming, Journal of Planning Education and Research.

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

Doussard, Marc. 2013. “Reevaluating the Pursuit of Defense Investment." Economic Development Quarterly, Forthcoming.

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

Marc Doussard