Jason Spicer, Assistant Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Political Economy

Other Degrees:
MCP (City Planning); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
BA (Hons), Economics; Johns Hopkins
BA (Hons), Sociology; Johns Hopkins

Contact Information:

Email: jason.spicer@utoronto.ca
Phone:    (416) 978-6640
Location: Room 5036, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)

Research Interests:

  • politics of urban and regional economic inequality
  • urban, regional and community economic development
  • cooperatives, alternative enterprises, and the social economy
  • institutions, organizations, and strategic action fields

Teaching This Academic Year:

JPG1525 Urban, Regional and Community Economic Development
GGR339 Urban Geography, Planning and Political Processes
PLA1105 Planning Decision Methods II

Selected Publications:

Spicer, J., Kay, T., Ganz, M.  2019. Social Entrepreneurship as Field Encroachment: How A Neoliberal Social Movement Constructed a New Field, Socio-Economic Review, 17 (1), pp. 195-227.

Spicer, J. 2018. Electoral Systems, Regional Resentment and the Surprising Success of Anglo-American Populism. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 11 (1), pp. 115–141.

Ganz, M., Kay, T., Spicer, J. 2018. Social Enterprise is Not Social Change. Stanford Social Innovation Review 16 (2).

Spicer, J., Steil, J. 2017. Review, Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Journal of Economic Geography, 17 (4), pp. 921–923.

Spicer, J. 2017. How Shared Ownership Reforms Can Address Popular Anger about an Unequal Economy. Scholars Strategy Network Policy Brief.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces