Judith Grant Long

Judith Grant Long is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her research and teaching interests include infrastructure mega-projects, public-private partnerships for urban development, and the intersection of tourism, historic preservation, and city branding strategies. 

Dr. Long is an internationally recognized expert on the planning, finance and development of sports and tourism infrastructure.   Her first book, Public-private partnerships for major league sports facilities (Routledge), examines the financial arrangements for over 100 ballparks, stadiums, and arenas, and shows how host public partners pay far more to subsidize these facilities than is commonly understood.  Her current book project, prospectively entitled Olympic urbanism: From Rome to Rio, analyzes the claim of the Olympics as a catalyst for urban redevelopment, based on archival and field research in fifteen host cities including Rome 1960 to Rio de Janeiro 2016.  The book compares host city aspirations for consequent urban redevelopment as revealed in their bid packages and other planning documents with the actual physical outcomes evident in post-games use of sports venues, athletes’ villages, ceremonial parks, as well as the transportation, media, and security networks built to accommodate the games.  Long also contributes a chapter entitled “Tour de France: A bargain for host cities among sports mega-events?” to the Handbook of the economics of sports mega-events (Edward Elgar), and is the author of a number of articles and working papers.  She has testified before the US Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee on infrastructure finance, and her research has been quoted in major newspapers and featured on news radio.

Long’s teaching explores the intersection of contemporary professional practice with cutting-edge planning research and theory.  At Harvard, she co-ordinates and teaches in the core planning studio sequence and the planning methods curricula; she also writes and speaks on the theories of studio pedagogy in educating planners (“The State of the Studio” andAssessing Learning Outcomes in Studio Courses”).  Long’s other courses include urban redevelopment, real estate development and public finance for planners, planning history and theory, doctoral research methods, in addition to several specialized seminars on mega-projects. She advises students writing theses on mega-projects, tourism and city branding at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Harvard, and at other universities.

A certified professional planner, Dr. Long has practiced extensively in her native Canada, in the area of long-range land use planning, urban redevelopment, and historic preservation.  She sat on the AICP national ethics committee from 2009-2012.  Long previously served as the Director of the Master in Urban Planning Program at the Harvard GSD (2008-11), as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, and as a Design Critic at the Harvard GSD.  Her honors include grants and awards from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (as a Radcliffe Fellow, 2011-12), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the IBM Center for the Business of Government, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and she is a recipient of the Gerald M. McCue Medal awarded by the GSD.  She received her BA (Economics) from Huron University College, Canada; her BAA (Urban and Regional Planning) from Ryerson University, Canada; her MDesS (Real Estate Development) from the GSD; and her PhD (Urban Planning) from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.