Edward J. Blakely | Professor

United States Studies Centre – University of Sydney


Dr. Edward J. Blakely is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Director of the Planning Research Center. He was named by Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans in 2007 as the Mayor’s Executive Director for Recovery. His post includes coordinating all aspects of the City and Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He reported directly to the Mayor and had coordinating responsibilities for the use of all City resources to accomplish this task. He was formerly Dean of the Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University

Ed is an internationally recognized leader in urban community development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than thirty years. He serves on several corporate boards including LandVision Development Corporation a multi-million dollar real estate development firm. He is a principal with Humboldt Realty of Oakland, California. He served on the Advisory Board of Bendigo Bank and Board of Ecotuitive Corporation. 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 rural 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, 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.

 As a consultant and advisor, Ed has been responsible for leading teams in planning and implementing solutions for major urban areas in the United States and overseas. He has been the major economic development consultant for Sydney, and Melbourne Australia, City of Oakland as well as cities of major jurisdictions throughout the United States. He was the primary planner and resource person for two Mayors in Oakland California. He was responsible for the major downtown revitalization plan for Oakland as well as that City's earthquake and fire recovery projects. He has extensive experience in economic development and transportation and has led the Cypress Freeway project among others.  He teaches urban and rural development, regional policy and community development.  He currently serves as advisor to the OECD and state governments in the United States, Australia, Sweden and Japan. Since 1992, he has been a policy advisor to the Mayor of the City of Oakland, California and ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Oakland, Calif., and finishing second to Ex-Governor Jerry Brown in 1998.



Urban Leadership Award, University of Pennsylvania for leadership in urban policy in reshaping New Orleans, 2008

 The Eliot Richardson Award of the American Academy of Public Administration for Ethics and Service in Public Administration, 2008 Alumnus of the Year at the University of California at Riverside, 2007

 New South Wales Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia Research Prize with Nicole Gurran for Seachange Research, 2006

 Visiting Scholar at keynote speaker at the Helsinki Technical University at the 50th Anniversary of the new Town of Tapiola, Finland September 2003

 Honoured as First Speaker at the University of Western Sydney Annual Sir Ian Turbott Lecture July 2003

Community Development Society Award for Lifetime Research Achievement 2002

 Keynote Speaker at the Annual Conference of the American Planning Association April 2002

 Elected Fellow National Academy of Public Administration 2001

 Chair for the Western Region Oxford University Rhodes Scholarship Committee 1998

 Appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Presidio Trust in 1997

 Fulbright Fellow, Industrial Policy; Urban and Rural 1986, Sweden, 1985/6 Visiting Fellow, Australian Institute Urban Affairs, 1985

Visiting Scholar, Germany Today: Politics, Economy, Culture, The German Academic Exchange Deutscher Adademischer Austauschdienst, 1984

 Regents Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983


§  China, Russia, France, Brazil in urban redevelopment planning currently

§  Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Aberbijian(2002)--working on regional peace building efforts

§  South Africa --requested by the Mandela government to devise the regional and local government regional development policies for the nation

§  China (1998-2003) --regional economic policy

§  Poland 1993--develop regional economic planning models

§  Australia 1980- 1994, State and local economic development planning

§  Sweden 1986, Local employment creation and industrial policy

§  Japan 1986, Regional development policy

§  West Africa 1972-83, Rural community and social health development policy

§  Sudan 1977, Rural health and community development education

§  Egypt 1979, Urbanization and community development policy

§  Turkey 1974-77, Regional development policies

§  Caribbean 1971-81, Community economic development