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Rachel Weber

Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

Department of Urban Planning and Policy

Building:

236 CUPPA Hall, MC 348

Address:

412 S. Peoria St., Suite 236

Office Phone Voice:

(312) 355-0307

About

I am an urban planner, political economist, and economic geographer who researches the relationship between finance and the built environment. My focus has been on instruments (tax increment financing, auction rate securities, crowdfunding, mortgage backed securities, tax credits) and infrastructures (school facilities, toll roads, commercial real estate). I am interested in why cities adopt certain instruments and how the use of particular methods of raising capital affects who benefits from and pays for urban infrastructures. In my work I have advanced the concept of “financialization” as shorthand for how these tools bring new politics, kinds of knowledge, and risks to bear on policy and development decisions.