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Austin Zwick

Austin Zwick

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225 Eggers Hall

Austin Zwick

Assistant Teaching Professor, Policy Studies

Senior Research Associate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Director, BPS Policy Studies Program, College of Professional Studies


Leading Smart Cities with Trust Professional Certificate Program

PST101 Introduction to Public Policy

PST315 Quantitative Methods for Public Affairs

PST367 Smart Cities and Urban Policy

PST400 Advanced Policy Research

BPS211 Introduction to Professional Studies

CRL311 Professional Issues in Creative Leadership

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2018 

Areas of Expertise

Smart cities, platform economy, autonomous systems, urban and regional planning, and quantitative methods

Research Interests

Zwick’s research focuses on policy learning and innovation at the municipal government level with respect to emerging industries, particular emphasis on technology regulation, transportation systems and economic development. His current research intersects with Smart Cities, autonomous systems and the platform economy. His work has been published in over 20 professional reports, academic articles and book chapters. 

Selected Publications


Ness, I., Ovetz, R., Roque, I., Swidler, E., and Zwick, A. (2022). "Routledge Handbook of the Gig Economy". Routledge Press. 

Zwick, A. and Spicer, Z. (2021). "The Platform Economy and the Smart City: Technology and the Transformation of Urban Policy". McGill-Queens University Press. 


Zwick, A., Spicer, Z., and Young, M. (2022). “Moving Ideas? The News Media's Impact on Ridehailing Regulation in Canadian Cities”.  Journal of Urban Affairs. 

Revington, N., Zwick, A., Hartt, M., and Schlosser, J. (2021). “Universities and urban social structure: gentrification, studentification, and youthification in five United States legacy cities”. Urban Geography, 44:1, 83-104. 

Goodman, N., Zwick, A., Spicer, Z., and Carlsen, N. (2020). “Public Engagement in Smart City Development: Lessons from Communities in Canada's Smart City Challenge”. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 64: 416-432. 

Hartt, M., Zwick, A., and Revington, N. (2020). “Resilient Shrinking Cities: Framing Our Understanding.” In Michael, John Twigg, Adriana Allen, and Christine Wamsler. A Handbook on Regional Resilience.

Spicer, Z., Eidelman, G., and Zwick, A. (2019). “Patterns of Local Policy Disruption: Municipal and State Regulatory Responses to Uber”. Review of Policy Research 36: 146-167.  

Zwick, A. and Spicer, Z. (2019). “Remedy or Blight: Ridehailing's Role in the Precarious Economy”. Journal of Planning Theory and Practice. 

Zwick, A. (2017). “Welcome to The Gig Economy: Neoliberalism's Relations and the Case of Uber”. GeoJournal 83, 679–691.