Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Phil Hurvitz

Research Scientist


Phil Hurvitz joined CSDE as a research scientist in 2019 to lead the UW Data Collaborative, a computing environment allowing secure access to highly sensitive data supporting innovative, interdisciplinary research and evidence-driven policy making.

His research has focused primarily on the relationship between characteristics of the built environment and health-related behaviors. The research makes extensive use of open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, wearable devices, and automation of large, time-indexed data sets in spatially-enabled SQL databases. Phil’s collaborations have supported numerous extramurally funded research projects, from proposal through publication.

Previous to his appointment in CSDE, he was GIS Specialist and Lecturer in the UW College of Forest Resources (1997-2004), Research Assistant (2004-2010) and Research Associate (2011-2012) at the UW Urban Form Lab, and Research Assistant Professor (2012-2019) in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning. He has also promoted and supported use of GIS at UW since 1997 as the lead contact for the UW’s site license with Esri and manager of the UW GIS Listserv, UW-GIS-L.

Phil received his Master of Forest Resources degree from the UW College of Forest Resources in 1994 and his PhD in Urban Design and Planning at UW in 2010. Curriculum vitae.