Jason Spicer (he/him), 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

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

Selected Publications:

Spicer, J. & Zhong, M. At Press. Multiple Entrepreneurial Ecosystems? Worker Co-operative Development in Toronto and Montréal. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.

Spicer, J. 2021. Cooperative Enterprise at Scale: Comparative Capitalisms and the Political Economy of Ownership. Socio-Economic Review. Online First.

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

Scholz, T., O’Brien, D. &  Spicer, J. 2021. Can Cooperatives Build Worker Power? Give Platform Co-ops a Seat at the Policy Table. Public Seminar.

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