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Austin Zwick

Austin Zwick

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102 Maxwell Hall

Austin Zwick

Assistant Teaching Professor, Policy Studies

Senior Research Associate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute


Fall 2020 – Spring 2021:

PST315 Quantitative Methods for Public Affairs, PST410.5 Smart Cities, and PST410.9 Advanced Policy Research.

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 social and economic transformation brought about by technological change. His work has been published in Planning Theory & Practice, Review of Policy Research, The Canadian Geographer, GeoJournal, among others. He has also contributed articles for Municipal World, Evergreen CityWorks Midsize Cities Collaborative, and the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. Forthcoming in Spring 2021, his co-edited book "The Rise of the Platform Economy and the Future of the Smart City "will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

His work has won scholarships and awards with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, American Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the Regional Studies Association.


Goodman, N., Zwick, A., and Spicer, Z (2020). “Public Engagement in Smart City Development: Lessons from Communities in Canada’s Smart City Challenge.” The Canadian Geographer, Special Issue on Smart Cities.

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.

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

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

Zwick, A. (2017). “Welcome to The Gig Economy: Neoliberalism’s Industrial Relations and the Case of Uber.” GeoJournal.