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Josiah Blackwell-Lipkind

Consultant, US

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In addition to his enjoyment of labor economics and 20th-Century philosophy, Josiah has a keen interest in spatial analysis, transportation and what shapes urban landscapes.

He’s worked for Brown University’s Population Studies and Training Center, where he helped georeference historic maps with ArcMap, a tool to view, edit, create and analyze geospatial data. Josiah also used geographic information systems (GIS) to perform research on historic changes to impervious land in Providence, Rhode Island.

Since joining CPCS, Josiah has supported scenario planning, economic analysis, project prioritization and needs assessments for the Ohio and Washington State Departments of Transportation. He continues to develop his GIS skills and he’s made use of the tool to support his work, including a synthesis of state freight performance measures for the Federal Highway Administration and an analysis of truck parking to identify potential locations for nuclear truck charging. He’s also worked on projects in Kansas, Minnesota and the Northwest Passage. Josiah speaks English, French and Spanish.


Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Philosophy, Brown University  

3 fun facts:

  • Grew up one mile from Hartford, Connecticut, where a president first made a public appearance in a car (Theodore Roosevelt rode in an electric vehicle made in Hartford) 
  • Favorite tourist activity in a new city is taking the subway 
  • Visited the Louvre one hour before it closed for the pandemic while studying abroad in Paris 

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Contact Josiah

P: +1 613-237-2500