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About the talk:
Potiker's research focuses on the logistics sector in the San Diego-Tijuana region. The project is oriented around three guiding questions. 1) How does the border impact the San Diego-Tijuana region’s supply chains and labor markets? 2) What is causing the general turn towards supply chain urbanization over the past decade? 3) What are the potentials for using chokepoints and organizing transnationally along the supply chain in the region? The research uses multi-scalar and multi-method analysis to understand how both processes of globalization are reshaping the region and how place specific factors attract processes of globalization.

About the speaker:
Spencer Potiker is a doctoral candidate in the global and international studies department at UCI. His research and teaching interests center on global political economy, labor and social movements, immigration, urban and regional development, border studies, critical logistics studies, and anarchist political thought. Spencer’s published research focuses on supply chains, labor movements, and social movements in the global south. His dissertation entitled, “Cross Border Supply Chains and Mobility Regimes: Migration, Labor and Urban Development in the San Diego-Tijuana Transfrontier Metropolis” analyzes how the border effects supply chains, labor movements, and urban development in the San Diego-Tijuana border region.

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