Michael 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


Mike Wilson is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His work focuses on energy and the environment, risk and uncertainty, data analysis and visualization, and urban infrastructure.  As a licensed landscape architect, his prior professional experience ranges from large-scale economic development projects to disaster recovery and resilience. Wilson has published research on emergency management, stormwater planning, 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 PhD in urban 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 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, 2019

Michael T. Wilson, "Assessing voluntary resilience standards and impacts of flood risk information," Building Research & Information, 2019

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