Ladd Keith's research focuses on connecting climate change science to decision making in public policy. He is researching the application of public policy to plan and design cities in the desert southwest for changing climate conditions.
Ladd is a Planning Lecturer and Chair of the Sustainable Built Environments program at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. He is affiliated with CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest) and researches the use of climate science in the planning and design of cities in the southwest. He has developed and taught a number of courses including Sustainable Development, Sustainable Design and Planning, Public Participation and Dispute Resolution, Regional Planning, Planning Theory, and Professional Communication and Presentation.
Ladd currently serves on the City of Tucson's Planning Commission, where as Chair he led the commission's public participation process for Plan Tucson: General & Sustainability Plan, which will guide city planning policy for the next decade. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has served on the Sustainable Development Council and was a founding member of the Center for Sustainability Advisory Board. In 2016, he was recognized as one of the ULI's 40 under 40, which represent the best young land-use professionals from around the globe, as selected by members of ULI.