Matthew Wigginton Conway

Matthew Wigginton Conway

PhD Candidate in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

I’m a PhD Candidate in Geography, at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. My dissertation research focuses on understanding how changes to zoning codes will affect transportation outcomes. I am taking a simulation approach, building a microsimulation model to forecast the transportation impacts of these zoning changes.

From 2014 until 2017, I was as a Project Manager and Software Developer at Conveyal, a transportation consulting firm, where I worked on accessibility planning. I developed new algorithms to rapidly compute accessibility metrics for public transit systems, worked on implementing those algorithms on a high performance computing cluster with a user-friendly web interface, and worked with clients to apply those metrics to their transit projects.

Before joining Conveyal, I was a fellow in the Data Science for Social Good program at the University of Chicago. Here, I worked on a project to identify abandoned homes from administrative data, and to evaluate the effect of home abandonment on surrounding property values.

I received a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I focused on transportation and quantitative/computational geography, and undertook several transportation research projects. Before that, I attended Foothill College.

My full CV is also available.


  • Urban transportation
  • Land use policy
  • Accessibility metrics
  • Econometrics


  • MA in Geography, 2019

    Arizona State University

  • BA in Geography, 2014

    University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Certificate of Achievement in Transfer Studies, 2012

    Foothill College