Jason Spicer, Assistant Professor

Screenshot_2019-11-11 Jason Spicer ( spicerjason) Twitter

Administrative Position:
Economic Development Planning Concentration Adviser, MScPl programme

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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)

Personal Website: https://www.jasonspicer.org/lab

Research Interests:

  • political and social movement responses to economic inequality
  • urban, regional, and community economic development
  • cooperatives, alternative enterprises, and the social + solidarity economy
  • institutions, organizations, and strategic action fields
  • the US, Canada, and Global North in comparative perspective

Teaching This Academic Year:

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

Call For Students:

I am the founder and co-director of the Community Economies Lab, and I welcome PhD in Planning applicants interested in three broad areas: (i) The role that politics, planning and policy play in conditioning the viability of alternative economic forms at multiple spatial scales, from the city-region to the transnational, across the Global North. These community-oriented, social and solidarity economy alternatives may include enterprise models such as cooperatives, industrial foundations, special purpose trusts (e.g. data trusts, land trusts) and innovative non-hierarchical or non-profit networked forms in the high-tech sector. (ii) Political implications of rising inter-urban/regional economic inequality, polarization, and populism in rich democracies. (iii) Links between community development, economic development, and sexual and gender diversity.

Selected Publications:

Spicer, J. & Lee-Chuvala, C. accepted and forthcoming, 2021. Alternative Enterprises, Mission Drift, and Ownership: The Case of Values-Based Banking. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, (72): 257-291.

Kay, T. & Spicer, J. 2021. A Nonprofit Networked Platform for Global Health. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 19(1): 18-25.

Spicer, J. 2020. Worker and Community Ownership as an Economic Development Strategy: Innovative Rebirth or Tired Retread of a Failed Idea? Economic Development Quarterly, 34 (4): 25-42.

Spicer, J., Manduca, R. & Kay, T. 2020.National Living Wage Movements in a Regional World: The Fight for $15 in the United States  in Reimagining the Governance of Work and Employment: LERA Annual Research Volume 2020, pp. 41 – 67. (Cornell University Press/Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)).

Spicer, J. & Casper-Futterman, E., 2020. Conceptualizing Community Economic Development — Evidence from New York City. Journal of Planning Education & Research. Online First.

Casper-Futterman, E. & Spicer, J. 2019. The Just Transition, Economic Democracy, and the Green New Deal. Metropolitics.

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): 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): 115–141.

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

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