Ladd Keith

Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments

Faculty Research Associate at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Sustainable Built Environments
Urban Planning


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 assistant professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and a faculty research associate at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. An urban planner by training, he has over a decade of experience planning for climate change with diverse stakeholders in cities across the U.S. His research explores heat policy and governance to help communities increase their heat resilience. He is the UA lead of the Southwest Urban Corridor Integrated Field Laboratory (SW-IFL) funded by the Department of Energy, the heat research lead of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with additional research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Transportation. He also founded and led the Sustainable Built Environments undergraduate degree program which is offered in person, fully online, and globally in Peru and Ecuador. He has a Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences and an M.S. in Planning from the University of Arizona.

Selected Interviews and Coverage

Journal Article Publications

  • Hughes, Halley B., David B. Breshears, Kimberly J. Cook, Ladd Keith, and Joseph Robert Burger. (In press). Household energy use response to extreme heat evaluated with a biophysical model of temperature regulation: An Arizona case study. PLOS Climate.
  • Crisman, Jonathan Jae-An, Ladd Keith, Ida Sami, and Gregg M. Garfin. (2023) Designing Chill City: An interactive game supporting public learning about urban planning for extreme heat. The Journal of Environmental Education.
  • Iuliano, Joseph E. and Ladd Keith. (2022). Near Misses and Split Routes: Comparing Rider Behavior, Driver Interaction, and Route Choice for Cyclists. Journal of Transportation Safety & Security.
  • Brown, Heidi E., Ladd Keith, Valerie Madera-Garcia*, Anissa Taylor, Nicholas M. Ramirez, and Irene Ogata. (2022). Greening up for mosquitoes: A comparison of green stormwater infrastructure in a semi-arid region. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 38(2), 109-112.
  • Meerow, Sara and Ladd Keith. (2022). Planning for extreme heat: A national survey of U.S. planners. Journal of the American Planning Association. 88(3), 319-334.
  • Keith, Ladd, Sara Meerow, David M. Hondula, V. Kelly Turner, and James C. Arnott. (2021). Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics. Nature. 598(7879), 29-31.
  • Keith, Ladd, Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Erika Austhof, 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). Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation. Atmosphere, 11(3), 265.

Selected Other Publications