Anthony Townsend, Senior Research Fellow
Anthony Townsend’s ongoing research focuses on the how new digital technologies are reshaping the future of mobility and transportation planning. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, his most recent project “Re-Programming Mobility” is developing a set of alternative future scenarios describing possible shifts in travel patterns, land use, and planning arising from the introduction of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles. Over the next year, with support from the Knight Foundation and MacArthur Foundation, Anthony will undertake the first survey of a collection of recently launched centers of data-driven research on cities. His first book, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia was published in October 2013 by W.W. Norton & Co.
In a prior stint at NYU, Anthony directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. He received a Fulbright scholarship in 2004 to study the social impacts of broadband in South Korea. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement. Anthony holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s in urban planning from New York University, and a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.