Sarah Philbrick

Senior Research Analyst

Department: Data Services – Research
Phone: 617-933-0733


Sarah Philbrick joined MAPC’s Data Services department in 2016 to advance the agency’s land use modeling program. In addition managing MAPC’s land use modeling activities, Sarah conducts research focused on socioeconomic characteristics of the region’s population. Her primary responsibility is to provide population, housing, and employment projections to help inform the agency’s plans and policy objectives. Sarah also leads the agency’s scenario planning work and oversees a database of past, present, and future development in the region to help the agency better understand development and housing trends.

Prior to joining MAPC Sarah worked as a research assistant at The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. There she analyzed and updated statistical profiles of mid-sized cities in New England to aid the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston with its Working Cities Challenge competition. She was co-author and research coordinator of the report “Data Profiles of Massachusetts Gateway Cities.” Sarah also spent one term with the NASA DEVELOP Program where she worked with the USDA assessing apple orchard suitability in Washington State using climate models and NASA Earth Observations.

Sarah holds a Masters in Geographic Information Science and a B.A. in Economics, both from Clark University. Sarah’s research at Clark was focused on land change science, urban economics, and historic urban structure.

Areas of Expertise: Scenario modeling, demographic trends, demographic modeling, land change models, land use allocation models, urban economics