Michael T. Wilson

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Associate Policy Researcher
Boston Office


B.A. in environmental science & policy, Harvard University; MUP in urban planning, Harvard University; MLA in landscape architecture, Harvard University; Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, MIT


Michael T. Wilson, Ph.D. is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a registered landscape architect. His work with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, and Federal Emergency Management Agency among other sponsors focuses on energy and the environment, risk and uncertainty, and disaster recovery, as well as data analysis and visualization. Dr. Wilson’s prior professional experience ranges from large-scale economic development and urban infrastructure projects in Toronto, ON; St. Louis, MO; and Austin, TX to long-term planning in the New York-New Jersey region after Hurricane Sandy. He has published research on emergency management, stormwater planning, resilient building standards, and flood insurance. Since 2013, he has had a mayoral appointment to the Boston Conservation Commission, which regulates the city’s urban development in the floodplain as well as wetland, riverine, and coastal ecosystems.

Wilson received his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was awarded an MLA and MUP from Harvard University in landscape architecture and urban planning, as well as an AB in environmental science and policy from Harvard University.

Selected Publications

Michael T. Wilson, "Assessing voluntary resilience standards and impacts of flood risk information," Building Research & Information, 48(1), 2020

Michael T. Wilson and Carolyn Kousky, "The Long Road to Adoption: How Long Does it Take to Adopt Updated County‐Level Flood Insurance Rate Maps?" Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy, 10(4), 2019

Alan M. Berger, Michael T. Wilson, Jonah Susskind and Richard J. Zeckhauser , "Theorizing the resilience district: Design-based decision making for coastal climate change adaptation," Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15(1), 2020

Michael T. Wilson, "Catastrophes and their Classifications: Revising New York City’s Hurricane Evacuation Maps after Irene and Sandy," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 15(2), 2018

Michael T. Wilson, Jordan R. Fischbach, Kyle Siler-Evans, and Devin Tierney, "Modeling the uncertainty of potential impacts on Robust Stormwater Management from neighborhood-scale impervious cover change: a case study of population-based scenarios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," Urban Water Journal, 2020