Austin Zwick

Assistant Teaching Professor, Policy Studies

Austin Zwick

Contact Information

102 Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-3934
Curriculum Vitae
Austin Zwick 2018 CV

Assistant Director, Policy Studies
Director of Honors, Policy Studies


Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2018 


Regional planning, municipal public finance, quantitative methods, regional economic transformation brought about by technological change


Austin Zwick joins the Policy Studies Program in the Maxwell School as an Assistant Teaching Professor in fall 2018. At Syracuse University, Zwick will be teaching classes in the Public Affairs program, including courses on Community Benchmarking, Smart Cities, and Quantitative Methods for Public Affairs. 

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Zwick was a Planner at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation where he performed research to help inform future regional plans and regulations surrounding autonomous vehicles and mobility services. Concurrently, he served as a sessional instructor in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto-Scarborough campus from 2016-18, teaching classes on regional planning, municipal public finance, and quantitative methods.

Zwick’s research focuses on regional economic transformation brought about by technological change. He has papers published, or forthcoming, in the Canadian Geographer, New Geographies, Review of Policy Research, and the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, among others. He has also contributed papers for Evergreen CityWorks Midsize Cities Collaborative and the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance.

He has won scholarships and awards with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, American Collegiate Schools of Planning, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, and the Regional Studies Association.

Zwick earned his Ph.D. in Planning in 2018 from the University of Toronto. Previously, he earned an MPA in Public Finance and Fiscal Policy (with distinction) in 2012 and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations (with honors) at Cornell University. 


Zwick, A. (2017). Welcome to The Gig Economy: Neoliberalism’s Industrial Relations and the Case of Uber. GeoJournal. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-017-9793-8

Zwick, Austin (2017). The Internet and the Sharing Economy. Encyclopedia Entry. In Warf,  Barney. The Encyclopedia of the Internet. Sage Publications.

Zwick, A. (Forthcoming) The Public Finance Challenges of Fracking for Municipal Governments in the United States. Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance Perspectives

Zwick, A. (Forthcoming). Comparison of the Coal and Fracking Industries in Northern Appalachia. Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Zwick, A. (Forthcoming). Research Notes: Fracking and Value Capture in the Pittsburgh MSA. Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Recent Invited Lectures

“Governance and Public Finance Challenges of the Fracking Boom: Lessons for US and Canada.” Invited Talk. Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. Apr. 26, 2017

“Economic Specialization in Ontario’s Midsize Cities: Clusters and Anchor Institutions + Public Finance and City Typology: A Case-Study of Ontario’s Midsize Cities.” Invited Talk. CityAge & Evergreen CityWorks Joint Conference, May 2017 – Hamilton, ON

“Resource Boom to Revitalization: How Does Fracking Affect Patterns of Urban Decline and Revitalization?” UofToronto Graduate Student Speaker Series. Feb. 7, 2017

“Fracking: The Future of American Energy?” Invited Talk. Munk School’s Centre for Study of the United States. Jan. 31, 2017

“Property Taxation in Ontario.” Guest Lecturer. UofToronto-Scarborough: CITC15: Public Finance in Canadian Cities. Jan. 26, 2017.

“Peak Oil: The Past and Future of American Energy.” Invited Talk. UofToronto American Studies Association. Jan. 24, 2017.

“Quantitative Methods for the Midsize Cities Collaborative: Towards a Research Agenda.” Invited Talk. Evergreen CityWorks. Sept. 30, 2016.