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Matthias Sweet

Associate Professor and Co-Director of TransForm Research Laboratory
EducationBA, MA, PhD
OfficeSBB-420, South Bond Building
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 556774

I have topical interests in transportation policy, land use planning and urban economics. I apply and develop quantitative research methods involving econometrics, discrete choice modeling and GIS-based spatial analysis. In previous work, I have investigated the role of transportation services in transportation-land use interactions, regional spatial structure and change, firm location decisions, travel behaviour and services, and regional urban economic growth and restructuring. Current work explores how Big Data analytics can be employed to better measure and manage road traffic congestion and how congestion influences economic and social outcomes. In other ongoing work, I am using original survey data to explore how travel demand management principles can be employed to manage travel behavior in light of finite resources while retaining positive travel experiences.

I am co-director of the Transportation and Urban Form Laboratory of Transportation and Land Use Planning (TransForm), where my students and I conduct both basic and applied research related to transportation planning.

Current or prospective students interested in working with me on topics related to transportation planning should reach out directly via email.

  • PLG 500: Advanced Planning Theory
  • PLG 300: Introduction to Regional Planning Theory
  • PLE 625: Transportation Policy
  • PLE 525: Introduction to Transportation Planning
  • PD 9004: Foundations of Quantitative Research

Research interests:

  • Transportation planning  and policy

  • Travel behaviour

  • Transportation-land use dynamics

  • The future of mobility

  • Urban economics

  • Big Data, GIS, and quantitative methods