Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, is this Week’s Guest on Everything Co-op


Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago will appear on Everything Co-op on Thursday, September 20. A weekly exploration of the impact and potential of the cooperative business model, Everything Co-op aims to generate interest in and support for the cooperative movement.

Hosted by Vernon Oakes and conversational in format, the show is streamed live at every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT. Everything Co-op also airs live in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area on WOL 1450 AM—Radio One’s premiere talk radio station.

Sutton’s primary research areas include community economic development, economic democracy and cooperative enterprises, small business ecosystems, racialization of space and neighborhood change. Her recent research includes “Cooperative Cities,” a term she coined to describe various ways that cities are creating an enabling environment for worker owned cooperatives; and retail and neighborhood change focusing on the interplay between socioeconomic conditions and urban enterprises.

A third topic of research—questions related to gentrification, racial transition, and enterprise dispossession—is the topic of her book project, “Buy Black: Race, Retail and the Politics of Business Survival.” The book explores how black business-owners who were instrumental in revitalizing a Brooklyn neighborhood and establishing what became known as “Black Bohemia” are upended by gentrification.

Sutton holds a joint PhD in Urban Planning and Sociology from Rutgers University, and a MBA from New York University.

Listen to archived episodes—including NCBA CLUSA’s centennial podcast series in partnership with Everything Co-op—at

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