Renee Tapp

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Renee Tapp is a Lecturer in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research and teaching revolve around the relationship between finance and the built environment. Through mixed-methods, comparative research, Dr. Tapp develops an understanding of the strategies that institutional investors, banks, and corporations use when financing real estate ventures and the yields these projects generate for shareholders, particularly in the arena of urban redevelopment. Major research foci include tax incentives and real estate finance, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, financial markets and banking, property rights and law, rent control and land-use politics.

Dr. Tapp’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Harvard University Real Estate Research Grant program; and has been published in City, Urban Geography, and Geoforum. Her work has received widespread recognition and awards including the Urban Geography Specialty Group’s 2018 Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, and an invitation to attend the Summer Institute in Economic Geography sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group. Her work has also been recognized by the Working Group on Urban and Regional Economics of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Tapp was the 2018-2019 Pollman Fellow in Real Estate and Urban Development at the GSD. She completed her Ph.D. at Clark University in 2018.