Jesse M. Keenan

Faculty Member, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University

Jesse M. Keenan* is a social scientist and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, with a joint appointment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, in Science, Technology and Public Policy at Harvard University. Keenan’s principle research focus is on climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing, regulation and planning. Keenan holds concurrent appointments as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Keenan’s research has partnered with a variety of global actors, including the AIA, Audi, Carnegie, CFTC, Corporation, EPA, Goldman Sachs, Google, ICC, Knight Foundation, MoMA, Mori Foundation, Lennar Foundation, NASA, National Security Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NSF, Open Society Foundation, Regional Plan Association, RAND Corporation, the White House and the U.N. Keenan’s most recent award-winning book is Climate Adaptation Finance and Investment in California (Routledge). Keenan holds degrees in the law (J.D., LL.M.) and science of the built environment (M.Sc.), including a Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.

*Note: This essay is the viewpoint and sole responsibility of the author and does not represent the viewpoint of Harvard University, the Graduate School of Design, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, NewCities or any other institutions associated with the author.