Bev Wilson



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doctor of Philosophy in City and Regional Planning and Master of Regional Planning; Duke University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science


Bev Wilson's research focuses on understanding urbanization processes, their cascading effects on surrounding suburbs and rural communities, and how these processes affect both the natural environment and the lives of residents. His research projects respond to an important need—namely, to plan for sustainable communities under conditions of unprecedented climate instability and persistent inequality. Bev's work explores how data and technology play an increasing role in the way that we experience, understand and plan cities, as well as how these resources can be used to inform policy and decision-making. Hailing from Warren County, NC, Professor Wilson has a personal interest in the livability of small towns and rural communities, and he believes that planners can play a significant role in successfully meeting the many issues these areas face.

Bev's research has been published in a variety of well-respected and impactful journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Landscape and Urban Planning, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and Journal of Urban Affairs. He maintains affiliations with the American Planning Association (APA), Association of American Geographers (AAG), and Urban Affairs Association (UAA), three organizations that reflect and enrich his research. 


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