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Jesse M. Keenan

Tulane University
United States
Email: jkeenan [at] tulane [period/dot] edu

Jesse M. Keenan is an Associate Professor and social scientist within the faculty of the School of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 has previously advised on matters concerning the built environment for agencies of the U.S. government, governors, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, technology ventures, community enterprises and international NGOs.

Jesse M. Keenan ‘s Website.


Keenan, J.M. & Maxwell, K. (2021). Rethinking the Design of Resilience and Adaptation Indicators in Coastal Communities. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management [In Press]

Martello, M., Whittle, A.J., Keenan, J.M., & Salvucci, F. (2021). Defining and Assessing Engineering Resilience in Boston’s Rail Rapid Transit Network. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment [In Press]

Keenan, J.M. (2020). The Positive, Negative and Neutral Outcomes of Designed Adaptation in the Built Environment. ZARCH: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture and Urbanism. 15(1), 154-163. doi:10.26754/ojs_zarch/zarch.2020154821

Keenan, J.M. & Hauer, M. (2020). Resilience for Whom? Demographic Change and the Redevelopment of the Built Environment in Puerto Rico. Environmental Research Letters. 15(7), 074028. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab92c2

Keenan, J.M. & Bradt, J.T. (2020). Underwaterwriting: From Theory to Empiricism in Regional U.S. Coastal Mortgage Markets. Climatic Change, 162(1), 2043–2067. doi:10.1007/s10584-020-02734-1 [Altmetric Score of 533]

Keenan, J.M. (2020). COVID, Resilience, and the Built Environment. Environment Systems and Decisions. 40(1), 216-221. doi:10.1007/s10669-020-09773-0

Siders, A.R. & Keenan, J.M. (2020). Variables Shaping Coastal Adaptation Decisions to Armor, Nourish, and Retreat in North Carolina. Ocean & Coastal Management. 183(1), 105023. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.105023

Keenan, J.M. (2019). A Climate Intelligence Arms Race in Financial Markets. Science, 365(6459), 1240-1243. doi:10.1126/science.aay8442 [Selected by Editors for Special Volume: “Climate” for COP 25]

Keenan, J.M. & Gumber, A. (2019). California Climate Adaptation Trust Fund: Exploring the Leveraging of Cap-and-Trade Proceeds. Environment Systems and Decisions. 39(4), 454-465. doi:10.1007/s10669-019-09740-4

Van den Berg, H. & Keenan, J.M. (2019). Dynamic Vulnerability in the Pursuit of Just Adaptation Processes: A Boston Case Study. Environmental Science and Policy, 94(1), 90-100. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.015

Keenan, J.M., Chu, E. & Brown, J. (2019). From Funding to Financing:  Perspectives Shaping a Research Agenda for Investment in Urban Climate Adaptation. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 11(3), 297-308. doi:10.1080/19463138.2019.1565413

Keenan, J.M. (2018). Types and Forms of Resilience in Local Government Planning: Who Does What? Environmental Science and Policy, 88(1), 116-123. doi:  10.1016/j.envsci.2018.06.015

Keenan, J.M., Hill, T., & Gumber, A. (2018). Climate Gentrification: From Theory to Empiricism in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Environmental Research Letters, 13(5), 054001. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aabb32 [Selected by Editors for “Feature Article” Volume; Altmetric Score of 947]

Keenan, J.M. (2018). Seeking an Interoperability of Disaster Resilience and Transformative Adaptation in Humanitarian Design. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 9(2), 145-152. doi: 10.1108/IJDRBE-04-2017-0034

Kurth, M., Keenan, J.M., Sasani, M., & Linkov, I. (2018). Defining Resilience for the Building Industry for the U.S. Building Research & Information, 47(4), 480-492. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2018.1452489

Keenan, J.M. (2018). Regional Resilience Trust Funds: An Exploratory Analysis for Leveraging Insurance Surcharges. Environment Systems and Decisions, 38(1), 118-139. doi: 10.1007/s10669-017-9656-3

Keenan, J.M. (2017). From Climate Change to National Security: An Empirical Analysis of the Obama Administration’s Federal Resilience Mandates and Measures. Natural Hazards Review, 19(1), 0401722. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000273

Weisz, C., Blumberg, A., & Keenan, J.M. (2015). Design Meets Science in a Changing Climate: A Case for Regional Thinking to Address Urban Coastal Resilience. Social Research: An International Quarterly, 82(3), 839-857.

Keenan, J.M. (2015). Sustainability to Adaptation and Back: A Case Study of Goldman Sach’s Corporate Real Estate Strategy. Building Research & Information, 43(6), 407-422. doi:10.1080/09613218.2016.1085260

Keenan, J.M., King, D.A. & Willis, D (2015). Understanding Conceptual Climate Change Meanings and Preferences of Multi-Actor Professional Leadership in New York. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 18(3), 261-285. doi: 10.1080/1523908X.2015.1104628

Keenan, J.M. (2015). Adaptive Capacity of Commercial Real Estate Firms to Urban Flooding in New York City. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 6(3), 486-500. doi: 10.2166/wcc.2015.097

Keenan, J.M. (2014). Material and Social Construction: A Framework for the Adaptation of Buildings. Enquiry: Journal of Architectural Research, 11(1), 18-32. doi: 10.17831/enq:arcc.v11i1.271

Media Coverage

Post-Ida failures show why we need to adapt,” CNN Opinion, Jesse Keenan. August 31, 2021.

People keep moving to the worst places for climate risk,” Peters A. Fast Company. August 24, 2021.

NBC Universal (2021, April 22nd) Edge of the Abyss: Why Climate Migration May Lead to the Next Great Housing Crisis. [including film]

NBC Nightly News (2021, April 22nd) Cities Prepare for Future Influx of New Residents Fleeing Climate Change. [including film]

CNN (2021, March 3rd) Higher Ground, Higher Prices.

CBS Sunday Morning (2021, January 24th) Climate Refugees: The Quest for a Haven from Extreme Weather Events. [including film]

The New York Times Magazine (2020, September 20th) How Climate Migration Will Reshape America.

The New York Times (2020, September 17th) A Climate Center on Governors Island? Could Be a Game Changer.

The New York Times (2020, September 8th) Federal Report Warns of Financial Havoc from Climate Change.

The Weather Channel (2020, June 30th) The Racial and Spatial Cost of Climate Change [including film]