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Curriculum Vitae


Research Director, Center for Urban Economic Development

Senior Researcher, Great Cities Institute

Santa Fe, NM + Chicago, IL


2016:  Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning and Policy

Dissertation: Global production networks “from below”: Geographies of  

 labor in logistics

Committee: Nik Theodore (chair), Rachel Weber, Brenda Parker, John Jairo

Betancur, Marion Werner (SUNY Buffalo)

2012:  Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Zurich, Switzerland

2009:  M.U.P.P., University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning and Policy

Specialization: Economic Development

Advisor: Nik Theodore

2000: B.A., Antioch College, Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

2019-present: Research on the relationship between logistics outsourcing, labor strategy, and working conditions in the warehousing industry

Ford Foundation and the LIFT Fund 

2018-2020: Research on how workers’ rights organizations are using digital tools in their efforts to improve low-wage work

Ford Foundation

2018-2019: Research on how new technologies in the warehousing sector will impact jobs, workers, and the industry. Commissioned by the UC Berkeley Labor Center

Ford Foundation

2018-present: Retrospective look at the last ten years of worker center organizing

Solidago Foundation

2017: Research on collaborations between IPOs and worker centers to pass progressive policy at state and local levels

Irvine Foundation

2017: Research on the worker center ecosystem in California to inform nascent workers’ rights strategy

Ford Foundation

2016-present: Research consultant and advisor to Quality Work and Economic Security program

Funders for a Just Economy/Neighborhood Funders Group

2016-2017: Research and strategy consultant to coordinate and align philanthropic efforts to address the changing nature of work

National Domestic Workers Alliance

2016-2017: Research consultant on survey data analysis

American Federation of Teachers, New Mexico

2016-2017: Research and policy consultant on early childhood education expansion and workforce development

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

2016: Research consultant to Foundation’s exploration of the Future of Work and 100&Change grant program

New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice

2015: Research consultant for strategic logistics campaign


Center for Urban Economic Development 

2019-present Research Director

Conceive of new projects and lead research teams; identify funding opportunities; maintain relationships with partners, funders, and the media.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

2014-2015 Research Associate

2012-2014 Research Assistant

Conducted research to inform grant-making, strategy development, and evaluation methods and metrics; reviewed grant proposals and make funding recommendations; managed strategic explorations of new areas of work.

Center for Urban Economic Development

2009-2013 Researcher

Coordinated national and regional research projects on labor and working conditions; designed and fielded surveys; conducted data analysis and evaluations; supported grant writing and proposal development for new research projects.

Active Transportation Alliance/Chicago Department of Transportation

2004-2007 Transportation Planner (consultant)

Coordinated citywide pedestrian policy and planning; managed budget of $2.4 million in federal contracts; wrote successful grants totaling $1.1 million; hired and supervised team of five.


 Peer-Reviewed Journals

Gutelius, B. (2015). Disarticulating distribution: Labor segmentation and subcontracting in global logistics. Geoforum 60, 53–61.

Book Chapters 

Gutelius, B. and Theodore, N. (2017). The future of work: Urban economies in transition, in Jobs and the Labor Force of Tomorrow: Migration, Training, Education, Pagano, A., ed. Champaign: UI Press.

Chang, V. & Gutelius, B. (2016). Field-building in stages: Funding and sustainability in civic innovation, in Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice, Gordon, E. & Mihailidis, P., eds. Boston: MIT Press.

Book Reviews

Gutelius, B. (2019). Matthew Heins: The globalization of American infrastructure: The shipping container and freight transportation. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

Editor-Reviewed Journals

Gutelius, B. (2013). Contract fights, community rights: Chicago teachers and education justice. Progressive Planning 197, 36–39.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Gutelius, B. “‘Lights’ and ‘heavies’: Gendered work in logistics.” Target journal: Economic Geography.

Policy Reports and White Papers 

Gutelius, B. (2016). Snapshot of the On-Demand Economy. Prepared for the Ford Foundation, New York, NY.

Theodore, N., Gutelius, B. & Burnham, L. (2013). Home Truths: Domestic Workers in California. Prepared for the National Domestic Worker Alliance, New York, New York.

Gutelius, B. & O’Neill-Kohl, S. (2011). Who’s Hiring? Characteristics of Casa Latina Employers. Prepared for Casa Latina Worker Center, Seattle, WA

Gutelius, B. (2010). Bad Jobs in Goods Movement: Warehouse Work in Will County, Ill. Prepared for Warehouse Workers for Justice, Chicago, IL

O’Neill-Kohl, S., Gutelius, B., Dickson-Quesada, A., & Tarczynska, K. (2010). Creating Routes to Advancement in Contingent Labor Markets: Workforce Development Activities of Day Labor Centers. Prepared for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles, CA