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Sidney Wong, Ph.D.

Sidney Wong heads the Community Data Analytics (CDA) Project, specializing in the development of demographic multipliers. In November 2017, CDA released 51 publicly available reports covering every state and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Wong has over twenty years of experience and understanding of planning practices, and has worked on projects involving enterprise zones, highway planning history, affordable housing, and fiscal impact studies. In 2007, he was the team lead with ESI in preparing the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing Round III growth allocation. In 2015 He teamed with ESI again to focus on New Jersey affordable housing.

He has authored many publications, including “Searching for a Modern and Humanistic Planning in China – The Planning Ideas of Liang Sicheng (1930-1952)” in the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research and “Architects and Planners in the Middle of a Road War” in the Journal of Planning History. His doctoral dissertation on assessing the performance of enterprise zone programs in five states won the 1998 Best Doctoral Planning Dissertation in North America awarded by the Association of Collegiate of Schools of Planning.

Dr. Wong is a former professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Morgan State University who has taught graduate courses, including Planning Methods, Statistics, Program Evaluation, Urban Economics, Neighborhood and Community Development. His research consists of demographic multipliers, fiscal impact, freeway revolt and community development, Clarence Stein’s influence on China, and Chines planning history relating to Charlie Chen and Liang Sicheng.

Dr. Wong speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and has a strong interest in Asian development. Apart from his involvement in World Bank’s Asian projects, he was a planner in Hong Kong, where he contributed to urban redevelopment, zoning control and the METROPLAN. He still maintains a professional tie in Hong Kong, serving as an honorary editor for the Journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners.

Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley; two urban Masters from the University of Wales and the University of Hong Kong. He recently worked as World Bank senior consultant in evaluating Project Appraisal Documents and as their consultant in the 1990s. He has served in the Executive Committee of the American Planning Association (Maryland Chapter), and the project manager for the Pennytown Development Fiscal Impact Study for Hopewell, NJ.