Elliot is a PhD Candidate in Geography. Under the supervision of Jamie Peck, he specializes in the study of economic and urban restructuring. His dissertation is tentatively titled 'Flexible or Precarious: Employment Relations in the Post-Industrial City' and examines the restructuring of the Vancouver economy and labour market over the past quarter-century. Using in-depth interviews with workers and managers in the legal sector, the software/gaming sector and the hospitality sector, this comparative research seeks to understand how and why businesses establish flexible employment regimes and the resulting profiles of precariousness experienced by workers in these sectors. Other past and current projects include research on: restructuring in the North American auto industry, the role of universities in city-making and economic development, the rise of onshore and offshore outsourcing in the legal services industry, and the changing status and strategies of trade unions in the context of globalization.
Elliot has an MA in Geography from York University and BA in Industrial Relations from McGill University.