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Stacey Sutton

Associate Professor

Urban Planning and Policy

Pronouns: She/Her


Building & Room:

240 CUPPA Hall, MC 348


412 S Peoria St., Suite 240

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2178

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Stacey Sutton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and the Director of Applied Research and Strategic Partnerships at UIC’s Social Justice Initiative. Her scholarship and teaching are in community economic development. More specifically, her research investigates collective action and equitable development in marginalized communities; the solidarity economy; racialization and alternatives to capitalist formations; gentrification, dispossession, and neighborhood change; and racially disparate effects of place-based policy and planning.

In a recent study of “Cooperative Cities,” Sutton examines how local governments in 12 cities are creating enabling environments for economic democracy, including supporting the development and sustainability of worker-owned cooperatives and the cooperative ecosystem. While Cooperative Cities describes myriad ways that local government infrastructure can facilitate and promote community wealth through cooperative economies, the cooperative movement is principally a grassroots-led movement. Sutton is currently examining racial capitalism, worker cooperatives and the solidarity economy movement, and the development of liberated zones.

Sutton’s applied scholarship interrogates “Punitive Cities,” meaning the disparate impact of city policies and place-based initiatives. This includes analyzing the distributional effects of Chicago’s automated enforcement red-light and speeding cameras for Black, Latinx and low-income residents; racial transition amid gentrification; the impact of business improvement districts (BIDs) for small businesses in NYC; and the effects of municipal enforcement of mundane land-use rules, building codes, and zoning rules for Black-owned neighborhood businesses. Many of Sutton’s Punitive Cities studies have been published in top urban journals, including Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and used to inform city policy and community planning.

Sutton partners with grassroots and community organizations committed to racial and economic justice, equitable development, anti-displacement, participatory democracy, and cooperative economics. She has led APA award-winning student projects for the Plan Making Studio and co-developed feasibility studies for community partners in her Solidarity Economy course. As the UIC faculty recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar grant, Sutton led comparative cross-disciplinary dialogues among scholars, activists, and artists about radical alternatives for 21st-century American cities.

Prior to joining UIC in 2015, she was on the faculty at Columbia University in New York City. Sutton received a BA from Loyola University in Baltimore, an MBA from New York University, an MS from the New School for Social Research in New York, and a joint Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Sociology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Selected Grants

Chicago Department of Transportation, Camera Tickets, Fines & Fees: Analyzing the Impact of Chicago’s Automated Enforcement Program Through an Equity and Safety Lens, PI (award: $172,000)

2018 – 2020 Principal Investigator, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, “Urban Edges - Dreams, Divisions, and Infrastructures: Comparative Cross-Disciplinary Dialogues about 21st Century American Cities, PI, (award: $224,963)

2018 Co-Principal Investigator, Democracy at Work Institute and ICA Group, “Building a Cooperative and Inclusive Economy: The Chicagoland Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition (CCEC)”, (award: $6,000)

2016 - 2018 Principal Investigator, Kauffman Foundation, “How Place-Based Policies and Neighborhood Conditions Influence the Urban Enterprise Ecosystem”, PI, (award: $66,027)

2016 - 2017 Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), “Spatial Interdependence and The Logic of Shop Succession”, (award: $5,000)

Selected Publications

Sutton, Stacey. 2020. Black Chicagoans are Still Leaving the City, essay in Between the Great Migration and Growing Exodus: The Future of Black Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

Sutton, Stacey. 2019. Cooperative Cities: Municipal Support for Worker Cooperatives in the United States. Journal of Urban Affairs

Sutton, Stacey. 2019. Spatialization of Race from Redlining to Gentrification in N. Kwate (editor) American Inequality: A Photographic Field Guide in the Streets of Camden. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Sutton, Stacey. 2018. “Gentrification and the Increasing Significance of Racial Transition in New York City 1970-2010Urban Affairs Review

Sutton, Stacey. (forthcoming) The Spatial Politics of Black Business Closure in Central Brooklyn, in M. Bay and A. Fabian (editors) Race & Retail: Consumer Culture, Economic Citizenship, and Power. Rutgers University Press


Sutton, Stacey. Punitive Cities: Racialized Economic Burden of Automated Tickets in Chicago.

Sutton, Stacey and Nebiyou Tilahun. Automated Enforcement: Analyzing Disparate Impact of Red Light and Speeding Camera Tickets in Chicago.

Service to Community

In These Times magazine, Board Member (2020 - present)

Advisory Board, UIC’s Social Justice Initiative (2019 - present)

Organizing Committee, Chicagoland Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition (CCEC) (2018 - present)

Leadership Team, Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. (R3) (2016 – present)



Professional Leadership

Ad Hoc Committee Member, Urban Affairs Association conference (2018-2020)


PhD, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
MS, The New School for Social Research (New York, NY)
MBA, New York University (New York, NY)
BA, Loyola University (Baltimore, MD)

Selected Presentations

2020     Imagining and Demanding Economic Justice in the Time of Coronavirus - CAN-TV (May 7)

2020     Punitive Cities: The Racialized Economic Burden of Red Light and Speeding Camera Tickets in Chicago, organized by Equiticity  and Mobility Justice (March 9)

2020     The Future of Black Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, CAN-TV (January 31)

2019     Pan African Solidarity Economy Network, Repaired Nations Cooperative Conference (October 14-15) Accra, Ghana.

2019     Driven Into Debt: How Parking Tickets, Fines and Fees Burden the Poor, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (March)

2018     The 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, NAACP Freedom Fund Keynote Speaker, Austin, TX (December).

2018     Examining chain vs. independently-owned establishments in New York City. Invited to present at the Does Main Street Have a Future? Reconsidering Retail in the Era of Chain Stores and E-Commerce workshop, University of Chicago (November).

2018     The Role of Cooperatives in Reshaping Communities, Network for Developing Conscious Communities (NDCC), Baltimore, MD. (September).

2018     Understanding Gentrification as a Social Justice Issue, Northeast Ohio Scholars Strategy Network, Research Briefing, Cleveland, OH (August).

2018     Cooperative Cities: Supporting Worker Cooperatives in Cook County. Invited testimony to the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation (February).

2017     Cooperative Cities: Municipal Support for Worker Cooperatives and Equitable Economic Development in the United States. Invited panelist at the National Cooperative Business Association, Washington, DC. (October).



Research Currently in Progress

The Punitive City Project -- Punitive Technologies: Unequal Distribution of Red Light and Speeding Camera Tickets in Chicago

The Enabling City Project -- Worker Cooperatives: How Shared Ownership Promotes Racial, Economic, and Social Justice