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|Featured Faculty: Beverly Wilson|
Bev Wilson, Ph.D., AICP is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is grounded in land use planning and informed by the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and other emerging technologies. He is interested in better understanding the spatial and temporal aspects of development, as well as its implications for the environment and society. Dr. Wilson's work spans the urban to rural continuum and ranges in scale from the individual housing unit to the metropolitan region. He is also interested in the livability of small towns and rural communities and believes that planners can play a significant role in successfully meeting the many issues these areas face. The use of tools like GIS, mobile phone apps, and video to inform better planning and decision-making is a key thread connecting his research and teaching.
In 2014, he was named a CyberGIS Fellow by the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and has been working on integrating these tools and techniques into the urban planning curriculum at Illinois. He works closely with local and regional organizations like University of Illinois Extension to provide hands-on learning opportunities for planning students that also benefit the public in a meaningful way.
Dr. Wilson holds a Master's and Ph.D. in 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 beginning work as a planning researcher and planning educator, he worked as an independent planning consultant, a spatial analyst, and a computer programmer.
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