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Matan Singer

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Matan Singer

Advisor: Jonathan Levine

Areas of Interest: transportation planning, urban geography, justice

Matan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. His research interests include transportation planning, accessibility, and welfare policy. Through his research, Matan aims to explain how urban planning decisions are made and how this affects urban environments and the disadvantaged groups living in them. In his dissertation, Matan focuses on transportation planning and policy to examine the relationships between rail development and housing and transportation affordability in US cities with different urban forms. In a separate project, Matan is examining how legislation and group-home siting considerations affect the distribution of group homes in Israeli cities. Previous work in this area examined the nature of opposition to group homes and the reasons for its low levels in Jerusalem.

Prior to his doctoral studies, 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 welfare-dependent individuals. 


  • 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.


  • Singer, M.E. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Evaluating the impact of a fair share strategy for group-home siting on siting decisions in a city with an already equal distribution of group homes.” 48th Urban Affairs Association Conference, Toronto CA, April 4-7 2018.
  • Levine, J., Singer, M.E., Merlin, L., and Grengs, J. “Apples to Apples: Comparing BRT and Light Rail while Avoiding the “BRT Lite” Trap.” 57th Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference, University of Colorado Denver: Denver, CO, October 12-15 2017. Co-presented with Jonathan Levine.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.

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
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