REID EWING portrait
  • Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Director of the Metropolitan Research Center-


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S., Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • M.C.P, City and Regional Planning, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Urban Planning and Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, Distinguished Chair for Resilient Places, long-time associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, an associate editor of Cities, and a former columnist for Planning magazine, writing 71 bi-monthly columns on Research You Can Use. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, associate professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, state representative from northwest Tucson, and analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.  He holds master’s degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Ewing’s work is aimed at planning practitioners. His 12 books include Basic Quantitative Research Methods for Urban Planners, published by Routledge as an APA Planning Essential; Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design, co-published by the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association; Growing Cooler – Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, published by the Urban Land Institute; and Best Development Practices, listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 100 “essential” books in planning over the past 100 years.  His 120 peer reviewed articles include “Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis,” given the 2010 Best Article of the Year award by APA; "Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Physical Activity, Obesity, and Morbidity," the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators; and “Is Los Angeles-Style Sprawl Desirable?” listed by APA as a Classic Article in urban planning. A recent citation analysis by Virginia Tech found that Ewing’s work has more than 42,000 citations and is the 3rd most highly cited among 1,057 planning faculty in the U.S. and Canada.