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Staff Spotlight: Matthew Bhagat-Conway

Author: Emma Amaglo

We are excited to welcome Matthew Bhagat-Conway, also known as the “quantitative urban geographer,” to the Odum crew! Matthew is our newest quantitative methods consultant. He has been working here since July and is excited to be part of the Institute!

Matthew considers himself a planner/geographer by nature. He loves doing things with methods and likes being able to help people, which is what originally drew him to this role. Matthew is also an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning.

Matthew is from Palo Alto, California, and currently lives in Chapel Hill. His journey here has been a long one, during which he went from California to Chicago, then Washington D.C., and then to Arizona for graduate school before moving to Boston for a year and a half.

Out of all the places that he has visited, he says that Boston is his favorite so far. When you see him, make sure to ask about any cool artifacts he has collected while traveling. He loves that Chapel Hill is a college town, and that it’s significantly cheaper than Boston. His favorite place on Franklin Street is Med Deli.

Matthew received his PhD in Geography. His hobbies include woodworking, and he is currently working on a dining room table that he is really excited about. When Matthew isn’t working on his woodworking projects, he is watching Monk on Netflix. This year, Matthew wants to get to know UNC a little better and get more involved with working with students. He is looking forward to being a part of the team and furthering the goals of Odum.

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