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Richard G. Little, AICP, Director
Richard G. Little is Director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the University of Southern California where he manages a program of research and dissemination activities aimed at informing the discussion of infrastructure issues critical to California and the nation. Prior to joining USC he was Director of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council (NRC) where he developed and directed studies in building and infrastructure research. He has conducted numerous studies dealing with life-cycle management and financing of infrastructure, project management, and hazard preparedness and mitigation and has published extensively on risk management and decision-making for physical security and critical infrastructure protection.

Little is Editor of Public Works Management & Policy and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities and the International Journal of Emergency Management and is a book reviewer for the Journal of Urban Technology. He is an adjunct faculty member at USC and James Madison University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance at JMU. He has been certified by examination by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a member of the American Planning Association and the Society for Risk Analysis.

He has over thirty-five years experience in planning, management, and policy development relating to infrastructure and public facilities including fifteen years with the Office of Comprehensive Planning in Fairfax County, Virginia where he served as Director of the Planning Division. Little received a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Urban-Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Selected Publications:


"California's infrastructure Outlook." 2 MB [PDF] Area Development: Site and Facility Planning. April/May 2006.


"Funding California's Future: Options for Leveraging the Proceeds of SB 1024." 480 KB [PDF] The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


"Protection from Extreme Events: Using a Socio-Technological Approach to Evaluate Policy Options." 260 KB [PDF](with E. A. Weaver) International Journal of Emergency Management 2(4):263-274.


"Tending the Infrastructure Commons: Ensuring the Sustainability of Our Vital Public Systems." 363 Kb [PDF] Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. 1(4):263-270.


"Organizational Culture and the Performance of Critical Infrastructure: Modeling and Simulation in Socio-technological Systems." 144 KB [PDF] Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.


"Tending the Infrastructure Commons: Ensuring the Sustainability of Our Vital Public Systems." 232 KB [PDF] Proceedings of the International Workshop on Integrated Life-Cycle Management of Infrastructures.


"A Holistic Strategy for Urban Security." 108 KB [PDF] Journal of Infrastructure Systems. American Society of Civil Engineers. 10(2):52-59.


"Toward More Robust Infrastructure: Observations on Improving the Resilience and Reliability of Critical Systems." 304 KB [PDF] Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.


"Educating the Infrastructure Professional: A New Curriculum for a New Discipline," 116 KB [PDF] Public Works Management and Policy. 4(2):93-99.




Deirdre Flanagan, Coordinator of Special Projects and Events
The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy
University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, CA 90089
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