Assistant Professor, UPP
Urban Planning and Policy
Building & Room:
240 CUPPA Hall, MC 348
412 S Peoria St., Suite 240
Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on worker cooperatives, economic democracy, equitable development, and racially disparate effects of place-based policy and planning. In a forthcoming study, titled “Cooperative Cities,” Stacey examines how municipal leaders are creating enabling environments for starting and sustaining worker-owned cooperatives and limitations of the local state in the cooperative movement. Other bodies of work focus on “Punitive Cities,” meaning the disparate impact of urban policies and place-based initiatives. This includes examining the impact of business improvement districts (BIDs) for small businesses in NYC and the impact of red light and speeding camera tickets on drivers across Chicago. Finally, Stacey examines interplay among race, gentrification and neighborhood change. This is reflected in an article on gentrification and racial transition in the Journal of Urban Affairs. It is also the premise of her book project titled, Buy Black: Race, Retail and the Politics of Neighborhood Business Survival, that examines neighborhood change through the lens of Black small business-owners. Stacey tells how business-owners were instrumental for revitalizing a Brooklyn neighborhood and how processes of gentrification, including the enactment and enforcement of land-use rules, building codes and other regulatory apparatus, hasten shop closure and upend community cohesion. Sutton holds a joint PhD in Urban Planning and Sociology from Rutgers University, and a MBA from New York University.
2018 – 2020 Principal Investigator, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, “Urban Edges - Dreams, Divisions, and Infrastructures: Comparative Cross-Disciplinary Dialogues about 21st Century American Cities, (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”, (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)
Sutton, Stacey. 2018. Cooperative Cities: Municipal Support for Worker Cooperatives in the United States (forthcoming)
Sutton, Stacey. 2018. “Gentrification and the Increasing Significance of Racial Transition in New York City 1970-2010” Urban Affairs Review https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087418771224
Sutton, Stacey, Renee Hatcher, Ana Carrillo and Xochitl Espinosa. 2018. Building a Cooperative and Inclusive Economy: The Chicagoland Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition (CCEC) (Report for the Cook County Social Innovation Commission)
Olvera, Jacqueline and Stacey Sutton. 2018. “The Organizational Composition of Convenience Retailing in New York City neighborhoods, 1990 to 2010” City and Community
Sutton, Stacey. Punitive Technologies: Disparate Burden of Automated Camera Tickets in Chicago (work in progress)
Service to Community
Organizing Committee, Chicagoland Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition (CCEC) (2018 - present)
Advisory Committee, Austin Coming Together Food Cooperative project (2018 - present)
Coordinating Committee, Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. (R3) (2016 – present)
Ad Hoc Committee Member, Urban Affairs Association conference (2018-2020)
MBA - New York University
PhD in Urban Planning and Sociology - Rutgers University,
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).
2017 Transforming our Cities: Strategies for Local Economic Democracy Keynote speaker at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, New York, NY (June).
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