Core Faculty

Marc Doussard

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

Marc Doussard’s research examines inequalities in the workplace and the contribution of public policy decisions to economic opportunity. His labor market scholarship focuses on placebound industries in which the decline in working conditions has eclipsed the downward slide in wages. His 2013 book Degraded Work (University of Minnesota Press) details the deteriorating conditions of employment in local-serving industries immunized against international competition. The book builds on a long-term engagement with regional economic development, and challenges the assumption that low pay and poor working conditions are intrinsic characteristics of service-sector jobs.

During the Fall 2012 semester, Professor Doussard will teach Research Design and Methods (UP 587). He will also teach courses in economic development policy and analysis, and regional economic development. In the past, he has taught survey courses in urban studies and economic development, and an economic development seminar on the informal economy.

Doussard received a Ph.D. and M.U.P.P. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a long-time associate of the Center for Urban Economic Development, and a B.A. from Columbia College. His past and current research partners include 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

Current Research Areas

Professor Doussard’s research continues to focus on low-wage labor markets, specifically on new strategies for analyzing low-wage industries and remedying workplace problems.

A new research project on urban infrastructure privatization examines the financial turn in local policymaking. Based on research in Chicago, Doussard and his colleagues assess the asymmetrical bargaining relationship between cities and investment banks.

As part of a research partnership with the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, he researches the impacts of military spending and contracting on regional labor markets and economic development.


Selected Publications

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