Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia.com, a St. Louis region-based public policy firm.
He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism in Houston, and Senior Fellow for Municipal Policy and Housing Affordability at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy in Winnipeg.
He served as a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris. He has presented guest lectures on demographics and transport at the University of Paris (the Sorbonne), Tonji University (Shanghai), Cairo University, the University of Sydney, and the University of Toronto on urban policy and transport. He served as vice-president of CODATU, a Lyon, France based organization dedicated to improving mobility in developing world urban areas.
Cox has authored a number of studies for Reason Foundation on transportation and related environmental issues, specifically, authoring or co-authoring studies on the California high-speed rail project and the Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail proposal, and the Desert Express Victorville to Las Vegas high-speed rail project. He is co-author of the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, which in its 16th annual edition covers more than 300 markets in eight countries. He is also the author of Demographia World Urban Areas, the only regularly published compendium of population, land area, and urban density for the more than 1,000 areas with more than 500,000 population.
He was appointed to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission by Mayor Tom Bradley and to the Amtrak Reform Council by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
He earned a BA in government from California State University, Los Angeles and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles.
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