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Matan Singer

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Matan Singer

mesinger@umich.edu
Advisor: Jonathan Levine

Areas of Interest: transportation planning, social justice, urban geography

Matan Singer’s research focuses on transportation planning and social justice to understand how policy and planning for the greater good affect low-income populations. Specifically, Matan’s research aims to develop an understanding of how the transportation and economic benefits from investments in light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems distribute across neighborhoods and populations with different socio-economic backgrounds. This is important as transportation projects are often adopted based on their expected benefits, which vary in their effect from place to place.

Matan received his M.A. in Geography with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning and B.A. in Geography and Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His M.A. thesis analyzed the differential responses to the siting of group-homes for people with special needs. This study found that the majority of group-homes in Jerusalem did not encounter opposition and that neighborhood socio-economic status was not a good predictor of opposition. Instead, it seems that opposition is case-specific rather than a given in affluent neighborhoods. Matan has also worked on various travel behavior issues, including the motivations to travel, the impact of information and communication technologies on travel, and the phenomenon of ‘Informal Travel’.

Publications:

  • Singer, M. E., and Rosen, G. (2017). Rethinking responses towards group-homes: inclusionary legislation, supportive municipal attitudes, and place-based opposition." Social & Cultural Geography:1-23.
  • Mokhtarian, P. L., Salomon, I. and Singer, M. E., (2015). What moves us? An interdisciplinary exploration of reasons for traveling. Transport Reviews, 35(3): 250-274.
  • Salomon, I. and Singer, M. E. (2014). 'Informal Travel': A new conceptualization of travel patterns? Transport Reviews, 34(5): 562-582.
  • Dal Fiore, F., Mokhtarian, P. L., Salomon, I. and Singer, M. E., (2014). Nomads at last? New perspectives on how mobile technology may affect travel. Journal of Transport Geography, 41: 97-106.
  • Levin, N., Singer, M. E. and Lai, P. C. (2013). Incorporating topography into landscape continuity analysis—Hong Kong Island as a case study. Land, 2(4): 550-572.

Presentations:

  • Singer, M. E., and Salomon, I. "Critical Mass: How many bicycles are necessary for a change to occur?", 5 th ICT Expert Group Meeting, Berlin, Nov. 30 th - Dec. 2 nd , 2011.
  • Singer, M. E. "From neighborhood opposition to community inclusion: A comparative examination of the siting of out-of- home living-arrangements for people with special needs". The 54 th Conference of the Israeli Geographical Association, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, Dec. 1-2, 2013.
  • Singer, M. E. "Neighborhood opposition or community inclusion in response to siting out of home living arrangements for people with special needs". The Joint Committee for Siting Out of Home Living Arrangements in the Community, The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel, Dec. 29 th , 2013.

Grants and Awards:

  • David Amiran Scholarship, The Prof. David Amiran Geographic Foundation for Academic Excellence at the Hebrew University's Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2014
  • Grant for M.A. thesis, The Shaine Center for Research in Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2013
  • Outstanding teacher, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2013, 2014