Greg Lindsey




Economic Geography
Urban migration
New state emergence and state recognition
Civil-military relations
Non-state actors
IR theory
United Nations system
Popular culture


Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative  — and the director of strategy for LACoMotion, a new mobility festival coming to the Arts District of Los Angeles in November 2017.

He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a contributing writer for Fast Company, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalBloomberg BusinessWeekHarvard Business ReviewThe Financial TimesMcKinsey QuarterlyInc.The AtlanticQuartzThe New RepublicPolitico, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, The Nikkei Asian ReviewEuropean Management JournalWorld Policy JournalNext CityTimeWiredNew YorkSlateMarie Claire ItaliaTravel + LeisureCondé Nast Traveler, and Departures. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age.

Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at the World Economic Forum, the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Deloitte, and McKinsey. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2012. His work has also been displayed at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III. He is also (slowly) writing his second book, Engineering Serendipity, with the generous support of the Knight Foundation.

He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe GuardianUSA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He has advised Intel, Ericsson, Samsung, Audi, Chrysler, Tishman Speyer, André Balazs Properties, Emaar, and Expo 2020, among many other organizations, and is currently Urbanist-in-Residence at Urban-X — BMW Mini’s urban tech accelerator.


  • B.S., Journalism
    University of Illinois


  • World Policy Institute
  • New Cities Foundation
  • Atlantic Council
  • New York University
  • New England Complex Systems Institute
  • International Studies Association