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Heather Whiteside is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Heather studies the political economy of privatization, financialization, and fiscal austerity. She is currently working on projects related to public-private partnerships (such as the origin, evolution, and spread of PFI/PPP in the UK, Australia, Canada, and the US; and the political economy of risk and risk transfer), public sector financialization (including financialized urban governance in the US), and austerity-induced state restructuring in Canada and abroad.

Heather is also a member of the Studies in Political Economy Editorial Executive board, the Centre for Global Political Economy at Simon Fraser University, and the co-coordinator of the Global Political Economy Research Cluster/Waterloo Political Economy Group.

Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)

Academic/Professional Awards

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (Austerity and Its Alternatives)
  • SSHRC Insight Grant (Varieties of Austerity)

Select Publications

  • Christophers, B., and Whiteside, H. forthcoming. “Fictions of surplus: commodifying public land in Canada and the United Kingdom.” In Land Fictions, edited by B. Lake and A. Ghertner. Cornell University Press: Ithaca.
  • Whiteside, H. forthcoming 2018. “Healthy Profit: private finance and public hospitals.” In Minding the Public’ s Business: Critical Perspectives on Corporatization in Canada, edited by J. Brownlee, C. Hurl and K. Walby. Between the Lines: Toronto.
  • Peck, J., and Whiteside, H. forthcoming 2018. “Neoliberalizing Detroit.” In Rethinking Neoliberalism: Resisting the Disciplinary Regime, edited by M. Pavlovkskaya and S. Schram. NY: Routledge.
  • Whiteside, H. forthcoming 2018. “BC’s Recurrent Austerity: victory unfettered from success.” In The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada’s Provinces and Territories, edited by C. Fanelli and B. Evans.  McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal and Kingston.
  • Whiteside, H. 2017. “The state’s estate: devaluing and revaluing ‘surplus’ public land in Canada.” Environment & Planning A. August 2, 2017, online first.
  • Whiteside, H. 2017. “The Canada Infrastructure Bank: Private Finance As Poor ‘Alternative’.” Studies in Political Economy. 98 (2): 223-237.
  • Whiteside, H. 2016. About Canada: Public-Private Partnerships. Fernwood Publishing: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Peck, J., and Whiteside, H. 2016. “Financializing Detroit.” Economic Geography. 92(3): 235-268.
  • Whiteside, H. 2015. Purchase for Profit: public-private partnerships and Canada’s public health care system. University of Toronto Press: Toronto.
  • McBride, S. and Whiteside, H. 2011. Private Affluence, Public Austerity: economic crisis and democratic malaise in Canada. Fernwood Publishing: Winnipeg and Halifax.

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