Beth Gutelius (PhD) is a freelance researcher and research director at the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her academic and consulting career has focused on urban economic development, labor markets, and the changing nature of employment. Gutelius has studied supply chain logistics for over a decade and is a leading expert on employment in the warehousing industry. She is a frequent commentator in major news publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, and she has advised the White House, the National Economic Council, and the US Department of Labor on issues related to the warehousing industry. Gutelius is the co-author, with Nik Theodore, of the seminal report The Future of Warehouse Work: Technological Change in the U.S. Logistics Industry, as well as numerous other publications.
In addition to her work about the warehousing industry, Gutelius is a scholar of social movement organizing. She has worked alongside a number of workers’ rights groups on research projects that support organizing strategy. Some of her past projects have included a retrospective of the worker center movement in the United States, which involved developing a library to archive research conducted by and with worker centers, and a study on the use of digital tools for worker organizing. As an advisor and research consultant to philanthropic organizations, Beth has worked with the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Solidago Foundation, and the Neighborhood Funders Group, and she serves on the board of the Missouri Workers Center.