Ladd Keith

Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments

Chair of Sustainable Built Environments

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Sustainable Built Environments
Urban Planning
Ladd Keith


Areas of Expertise

  • Urban planning
  • Climate change
  • Climate action planning
  • Extreme heat


Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, 2019

M.S. in Planning, 2005

B.A. in Media Arts, 2003

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Ladd Keith, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of urban planning and climate change to create more sustainable and resilient cities. He has over a decade of experience working with diverse stakeholders to solve complex urban challenges in cities across the U.S. His current research explores urban heat governance and how cities can mitigate and manage heat to increase heat resilience. He also founded and leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program which is offered in-person, fully online, and at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru.

Keith served a full eight-year term on the City of Tucson Planning Commission and was chair during the creation and adoption of the General & Sustainability Plan. He is an active member of the American Planning Association and serves as an academic liaison for the Arizona Chapter. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and has served on the Sustainable Development Council, was a founding advisory board member of the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, has chaired several Advisory Service Panels, and was recognized as one of ULI's 40 under 40.

Selected Interviews and Media

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Meerow, Sara and Ladd Keith. 2021. Planning for extreme heat: A national survey of U.S. planners. Journal of the American Planning Association.
  • Keith, Ladd, Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Erika Austof, Ida Sami, and Mona Arora. 2021. Extreme Heat at Outdoor COVID-19 Vaccination Sites. Journal of Climate Change and Health. 4(2021), 100043.
  • Keith, Ladd, Sara Meerow, and Tess Wagner. 2020. Planning for extreme heat: A review. Journal of Extreme Events. 6(3&4), 2050003.
  • Austhof, Erika, Vjollca Berisha, Ben McMahan, Gigi Owen, Ladd Keith, Matthew Roach, and Heidi E. Brown. 2020. Engaging public health stakeholders in climate and health adaptation. Atmosphere, 11(3), 265.

Selected Other Publications