Judith Grant Long, PhD
- Associate Professor, Sport Management
- Director, Center for Sports Venues & Real Estate Development
- Associate Professor, Urban Planning
Judith Grant Long is an associate professor of Sport Management and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is co-chair of the Smart Venues Leadership Board of the Sport Innovation Lab, sits on the Strategic Committee for the international Coliseum conference, and serves as academic advisor to the National Executive Forum on Public-Private Partnerships in Canada.
Dr. Long is an internationally recognized expert on the planning and finance of sport and tourism venues. Her first book, Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities, considers the financial arrangements for over 120 major league venues. Dr. Long recently completed a forthcoming two-volume series entitled Olympic Infrastructures, which provide graphic inventories the construction of venues, villages, and ancillary venues for the summer and winter Olympics. Her current book project, Olympic Urbanism: Rome to Rio, analyzes the promises and legacies of building for the Olympic Games. Dr. Long speaks on these topics at universities and conferences around the world, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic Monthly, NPR, BBC Radio, and other media outlets.
Dr. Long is a certified city planner, with extensive experience working as a land use planner in her native Canada. Prior to the University of Michigan, she was on the faculty of Harvard University, where she also served as Director of the Urban Planning program. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, among other awards. Dr. Long holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Harvard University, and a Master of Design Studies in real estate development from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Areas of Interest
1) The intersection of sports, tourism, city planning and economic development. 2) Finance and delivery of sports and touristic infrastructures via public-private partnerships. 3) Planning for sports and tourism mega-projects, with a current focus the Olympic Games. 4) Assessing and improving host city experiences and outcomes. 5) Fieldwork-based teaching models, studio pedagogy.