Professor of Urban Planning
B.A., Biochemistry, Harvard College, 1976;
Ph.D., Economics and Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, 1989
Areas of Interest:Community Development, Labor and Employment, Latin America Social Movements/Labor Unions
5358, Public Affairs
Recently in the News
- Gearing Up for an Urban Planning Education More than a hundred high school students visit UCLA Luskin to learn about transforming their communities (March 23, 2018)
- U.S. Retail Jobs Are Bad — But It Doesn’t Have to Stay That Way A new book co-authored by UCLA Luskin urban planner Chris Tilly challenges the “myth of inevitability” for poor working conditions in America’s largest employment sector (November 29, 2017)
- Helping America’s Domestic Workers: ‘We Must Do Better’ In Regents Lecture, Ai-Jen Poo talks about compassion, care and rights for those who take care of others’ families (April 22, 2016)
Chris Tilly studies labor markets, inequality, urban development, and public policies directed toward better jobs.
He is particularly interested in understanding how combinations of institutions and markets generate unequal labor outcomes, and in how public policy and collective action can successfully be directed toward improving and equalizing such outcomes. Within this framework, Professor Tilly has examined part-time and contingent work, gender and racial disparities, job mobility, and other issues.
While continuing to conduct research on workplace issues in the United States, Professor Tilly has increasingly undertaken comparative research on countries including Brazil, China, India, Korea, Mexico, and South Africa, along with several European countries. His areas of greatest expertise are the United States, Mexico, and Latin America.
In addition to conducting scholarly research, he served for 20 years (1986-2006) as editor of Dollars and Sense, a popular economics magazine, and frequently conducts research for advocacy groups, community organizations, and labor unions. He served on the Program Committee and later the Board of Directors of Grassroots International from 1991-2003, ending that time as the Chair of the Board.
Before becoming an academic, he spent eight years doing community and labor organizing.
For more about Tilly’s current research, view his web page.