Brian W. Conley

Brian W. Conley

GIS-Research Analyst

Brian supports UBRI projects with a wide range of skills, including GIS, data analysis, indicator development, writing, public outreach facilitation, and project management. He is currently leading the research for the Clean Energy Workforce Assessment and database development for the Mobile Safety Net Online Tools. Brian recently managed UBRI’s production of Moving Forward 2050. He also served as project manager for the regional policy assessment, Local IMPACT: Strategies to Promote Mobility. Applying his background in teaching, Brian is co-instructor of UBRI’s Economic Development Planning class within UB’s School of Architecture and Planning.

Brian’s time at UBRI began in 2012 when he developed sustainability indicators for the WNY Sustainability Plan and One Region Forward, for which he also managed a regional scenario modeling process and created an online mapping platform. Brian provided data analysis and mapping support for a number of other projects, including the WNY Labor Market Assessment 2017, The Racial Equity Dividend, Rain Check, Niagara Street Now, and the Flood Smart Action Plan—where he co-created a novel methodology for a comprehensive vulnerability assessment.

Brian began cultivating his expertise in GIS, transportation planning, regional sustainability, and climate resilience through prior work experience. As a research assistant in UB’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, he researched climate change policy and co-authored articles on multi-modal transportation planning for evacuations published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board, the International Journal of Transportation, and a chapter in Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy. Through internships with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and his work as a Plant Protection Technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he promoted environmental justice and conservation by managing geospatial databases and producing resources for service learning and community outreach.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in science in secondary physics education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo; and master’s degrees in geography and urban planning both from the University at Buffalo. By applying prior experience in natural sciences, engineering and education to this expertise, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to his work at UBRI. Brian hopes his work can help build a more sustainable, democratic and equitable society by creating collaborative channels that inform and empower citizens to meaningfully engage in shaping their communities. In his downtime, Brian enjoys kayaking, camping, playing and watching sports, playing guitar, collecting vinyl, and spending time with friends and family.