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Jean-Paul Addie

Assistant Professor    

Jean-Paul Addie is a critical urban geographer principally concerned with understanding the production, governance, and experience of regional urbanization. Drawing on a dialectical approach to the urban process under capitalism, his research focuses on the politics of urban infrastructure – the material elements and social relations that facilitate urbanization and foster distinct modes of urbanism – to address questions of access, mobility, and social justice. Jean-Paul has conducted qualitative comparative analysis on a range of interdisciplinary topics including university urbanism, transportation governance, suburbanization, city-regionalism, neoliberal urban policy, local democracy, and socio-spatial theory. His research has received funding from the European Commission, the British Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Training, College, and Universities and has been published in international journals including IJURR, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Regional Studies, and CITY.

Jean-Paul’s current research focuses on rethinking the urban university in the context of global urbanization. The project Situating the New Urban University examines how universities are adapting their institutional structures, pedagogies, and spatial strategies in response to the changing dynamics of contemporary urban society.

Prior to joining the Urban Studies Institute, Jean-Paul was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Geography at University College London, and Provost Fellow and Lecturer in UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy. He is a Visiting Fellow at the UCL City Leadership Lab and holds degrees in geography from York University, Miami University, and the University of Dundee.

  1. Addie, J.-P. D., 2017, Claiming the University for Critical Urbanism, CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 21(1), 60-75
  2. Addie, J.-P. D., 2016, From the Urban University to Universities in Urban Society, Regional Studies (early view online)
  3. Addie, J.-P. D., 2016, Theorizing Suburban Infrastructure: A Framework for Critical and Comparative Analysis, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41(3), 273-285
  4. Keil, R., and Addie, J.-P. D., 2015, ‘It’s not going to be suburban, it’s going to be all urban’: Assembling Post-Suburbia in the Toronto and Chicago Regions, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(5), 892-911
  5. Addie, J.-P. D. and Keil, R., 2015, Real Existing Regionalism: The Region between Talk, Territory and Technology, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(2), 407-417
  6. Addie, J.-P. D., Keil, R. and Olds, K., 2015, Beyond Town and Gown: Universities, Territoriality and the Mobilization of New Urban Structures in Canada, Territory, Politics, Governance, 3(1), 27-50
  7. Addie, J.-P. D., 2014, Flying High (in the Competitive Sky): Conceptualizing the Role of Airports in Global City-Regions through “Aero-Regionalism”, Geoforum, 55(1), 87-99
  8. Addie, J.-P. D., 2013, Metropolitics in Motion: The Dynamics of Transportation and State Re-