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Mark Purcell

Departmental Faculty

Mark Purcell, MA, PhD
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Associate Chair, Urban Design and Planning


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Office: 410F Gould Hall
Fax: (206) 685-9597
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
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3950 University Way NE
448E Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

I am interested in discovering ways to make cities more democratic. As a part of current processes of globalization, cities are currently undergoing a shift toward a more neoliberal (market-based) political economy. Lots of researchers are concerned that this shift has severely undermined democracy. However, rather than studying further the negative impacts of neoliberalism on democracy, my work searches for and analyzes actually existing new models of democracy. I am interested in new models that reimagine our democratic assumptions and practices in ways that oppose neoliberalism and have the potential to produce a more humane and more civilized urban future.


Ph.D. in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (1998)
M.A. in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (1995)
B.Arch. in Russian at Duke University (1992)

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Selected Publications

Purcell, M. “Revolutionary connections: Rancière, Deleuze & Guattari, and political movements.  Forthcoming in Space & Polity. 2014.

Purcell, M. and S. Tyman, “Cultivating Food as a Right to the City,” forthcoming in Local Environment. 2014.

Purcell, M. Possible Worlds: Henri Lefebvre and the Right to the City.  Journal of Urban Affairs 36(1): 141-154. 2013.

Purcell, M. The Right to the City: the struggle for democracy in the urban public realm. Policy & Politics 41(3): 311-328. 2013.

Purcell, M. To Inhabit Well: Counter-hegemonic movements and the right to the city.  Urban Geography 34(4): 560-574. 2013.

Purcell, M. “A New Land: Deleuze and Guattari and Planning,”  Planning Theory and Practice, 13(1): 20-38. 2013.

Purcell, M. Gramsci Is Not Dead: For a ‘Both/And’ Approach to Radical Geography.  ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 11(3). 2012.

Purcell, M. Frankenstein is dead, a response to Richard Day. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 11(3). 2012.

Purcell, M. The Right to the City and Contemporary Urban Movements, for Les Cahiers de la Cambre, nº 11.  Editors: Ilaria Boniburini (University of Florence), Luisa Moretto (Institut Supérieur d’Architecture La Cambre), Harry Smith (Heriot-Watt University) and Judith Le Maire (Institut Supérieur d’Architecture La Cambre).  2011.

Purcell, M. Hegemony and difference in political movements: articulating networks of equivalence. New Political Science 31(3): 291-318. 2009.

Purcell, M. Resisting neoliberalization: Communicative Planning or Radical Democratic Movements? Planning Theory 8(2): 140-165. 2009.

Purcell, M. Le droit à la ville et les mouvements urbains contemporains. Rue Descartes 63: 40-50. 2009.

Purcell, M. City-Regions, Neoliberal Globalization, and Democracy: A Research Agenda. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 31(1): 197-206. 2007.

Purcell, M. Skilled, cheap, and desperate: Non-tenure-track faculty and the delusion of meritocracy. Antipode 39(1): 121-143. 2007.

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