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Faculty of Community Services

Matthias Sweet




416-979-5000, ext. 6774

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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.

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

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Transportation planning  and policy

  • Travel behaviour

  • Transportation-land use dynamics

  • Congestion management

  • Urban economics

  • Big Data, GIS, and quantitative methods

Current Courses:

  • Transportation Planning: PLE 625

  • Urban Services Planning: PL 8312

  • Planning Theory: PLG 500

  • Field Study: PLG 530

Position Currently Held:

Assistant Professor

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  • SBB-420, South Bond Building