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Welcome Bev Wilson

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Bev Wilson has accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning effective 16 July 2009.

Bev's interests lie in the areas of growth management policy, sustainable urban form, and urban simulation. His research focuses on the linkages between land use and environmental planning policy, development patterns, and both environmental and social outcomes. Recent research efforts include a comparative evaluation of residential development patterns in Charlotte, NC and Portland, OR; an examination of linkages between changes in residential property values, redevelopment, and infill; and an assessment of built-environment effects on firm location decisions. The use of GIS and spatial analysis techniques to inform better planning and decision-making is a key thread linking his research and teaching.

In the Fall 2009 semester, Bev will teach Urban History and Theory (UP 504), which provides a basic understanding of the origins and evolution of cities, the process of urbanization, and the human endeavor to affect urban growth and change. His teaching experience includes a similar course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a land use forecasting seminar, and short courses in spatial analysis. Additional teaching interests include Sustainability and Energy Policy, Quantitative Methods, and Growth Management Policy.

Wilson received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2009. He also holds a Masterís degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University. Prior to returning to UNC-Chapel Hill for his doctoral studies, he worked as a Spatial Analyst with the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Coastal Remote Sensing Program in Charleston, SC.

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