Hi all. I have a Bachelor's in Anthropology and Mathematics, and am doing Master's (currently) in Statistics.

I'm on the pathway to being a data scientist but in my free time would love to apply my anthropology and data science training to the field of Urban Planning/Public Policy and be an excellent analyst.

Is a graduate degree a must for doing excellent, cutting-edge research in this field?

Also I'm not very clear on the differences between how good policy research and good planning research is done as they both involve strategies towards how to best develop the local environment for the satisfaction of the locals.