Portrait of Greg Lindsey
295C Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Urban and Regional Planning Area
Areas of Expertise
Policy and program implementation; policy analysis; transportation planning; urban and regional planning; environmental planning


    Greg Lindsey joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2008 as associate dean, served as interim dean in 2011, and served as executive associate dean until September 2012. As the Humphrey School's principal academic officer, he led efforts to develop the Master of Development Practice degree program, its early admissions graduate programs, its Public Affairs Leadership certificate program, and its award-winning Humphrey by the Numbers information management system.

    Lindsey specializes in environmental planning, policy, and management. His current research involves non-motorized transportation systems, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and studies of relationships between the built environment and active transportation and physical activity. 

    Partners in his research include the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Transit for Livable Communities, and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. Lindsey previously has directed research projects on water infrastructure finance, greenway use, annexation policy, and erosion and sediment control programs. He has served on commissions for neighborhood development, park land acquisition, comprehensive plan implementation, tree preservation, groundwater protection, and soil and water conservation.

    Lindsey teaches capstone and workshop courses in non-motorized transportation and the Humphrey School's CHANCE course, a course in which students do research with neighborhood organizations in the Cedar-Riverside area on issues of concern to local residents. Past projects have included planning for a special services district, creation of the Somali Data Center, and engaging local residents in the 2010 Census. 

    Lindsey has received a number of awards for his work to link research and practice. In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Hoosier by the Governor of Indiana and was recognized by the City-County Council of Indianapolis, Indiana for his contributions to the city. In 2004, he was named the inaugural recipient of the Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement at IUPUI. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam in 1999. He twice received Best Paper Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning for papers linking academic research to planning practice.

    Lindsey has published articles in
    Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Professional Geographer, Journal of Recreation and Park Administration, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Public Works Management and Policy, State and Local Government Review, Landscape and Urban Planning, Public Productivity and Management Review, and Journal of Planning Education and Research.

    Lindsey previously served as associate dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IUPUI in Indianapolis. He earned his doctorate and a master's degree from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He also received a master's degree in geography and environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University. His bachelor's degree is in urban planning from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.


    PhD in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision-Making (The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, 1992)