PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF CITY & REGIONAL PLANNING
Professor Blakely, was Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley from 1986 through 1994.
A leading scholar and practitioner of urban policy, Blakely has been Dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University in New York City. He has also held professorial appointments at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Southern California and the University of Sydney.
Professor Blakely is author of ten books and more than one hundred scholarly articles as well as scores of essays and opinion pieces. His publications include Fortress America, Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities, Planning Local Economic Development: Theory and Practice, Rural Communities in Advanced Industrial Society, and My Storm: Managing the Recovery of New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina.
Blakely’s extensive record of public service includes advising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, state and federal governments in Australia and the United States, as well as governments in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam.
The Edward Blakely Prize is awarded every two years to the planner in the world who contributed the most to social justice for people of colour or disadvantage by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Blakely was recognised by UN Habitat for his contributions to social justice and sustainable planning in disaster recovery in 2012.
Professor Blakely is a Fulbright Scholar recipient.
Nationalities: Australia (citizen),USA (citizen) Education: Urban Planning and Policy UCLA, MA Latin American Studies Berkeley, LLM Pritzker School of Law, North-western (2018), International Law and Arbitration cert Griffith Univ, Australia former Dean Lusk School of Real Estate, Univ of Southern Calif, Former Recovery Director post Katrina, New Orleans
Ed is an internationally recognized leader in urban development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than thirty years. He was named by President Clinton to serve as Vice Chairman of the Presidio Trust. He has been engaged in both urban and rural research. His book on urban economic development, Planning Local Economic Development is the bestselling and most widely used book on the topic in the world. His research gained him the Community Development Research award in 2002. His urban research led Samuel Guggenheim Fellowship 1995. He has been a named lecturer or visiting faculty member at Oxford, Cambridge, University of Venice, Rutgers,and Harvard, MIT, University of Wisconsin, Penn, UCLA, Sydney University, Melbourne University, and several internationally prestigious forums. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Development and Transportation in the United States. He is co-evaluator of the national urban sustainability strategy of Chile from 2014-2023