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Jesse Keenan - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Jesse Keenan Jesse Keenan

Associate Professor | Tulane University School of Architecture


Keenan specializes in sustainable real estate and urban development.



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Climate Change: Resilience Is Not Enough



Jesse M. Keenan is an associate professor and social scientist at the Tulane University School of Architecture. As a globally recognized thought leader, Keenan’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, regulation, planning and financing.

Keenan holds a joint appointment as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as a Visiting Scholar at the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Area Head for Real Estate and Built Environment on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Fellow of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and, as the Research Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate on the faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Keenan’s research has partnered with a variety of global actors, including the AIA, Audi, Carnegie Corporation, CFTC, City of New York, EPA, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Goldman Sachs, Google, ICC, Knight Foundation, MoMA, Mori Foundation, Lennar Foundation, NASA, National Security Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Regional Plan Association, RAND Corporation, States of California and Massachusetts, the White House and the U.N.

Keenan was among the first scholars to study the relationship between climate change and real estate, including the first to publish peer reviewed evidence of the existence of a climate change signal in a real estate market and in a mortgage market.
Among other contributions, he coined the term 'Climate Gentrification.' His theory of Climate Gentrification has gone on to shape a global discourse on the relationship between climate change, social equity and applied economics.

Keenan has been cited as an authority by national and international media, including Bloomberg TV, CBS News, CCTV (China), CNBC, DW-TV (Germany), Financial Times (U.K.), France 2 (France), KBS (Korea), NBC News, PBS, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New Yorker, CNN, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg News, Popular Science, The Associated Press, The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Financial Times, among others.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Housing Studies

Environmental Finance

Building Science and Economics

Real Estate and Infrastructure

Climate Change Adaptation

Federal, State and Local Climate Policy

Education (1)

Delft University: PhD, Real Estate and Spatial Planning