Edward Blakely: The American City

City and Regional Planning International Planning Colloquium

Edward Blakely, is a emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California–Berkeley. For more than 25 years, Blakely held academic positions in teaching, research, academic administration, and policy development. He is a leading scholar in the fields of planning, agriculture, and rural and local economic development. He has also held senior positions at Pacific Telephone Company and as a U.S. foreign service officer.

Blakely serves as policy adviser to the mayor of Oakland and adviser to the Los Angeles Public School District. In addition, he serves on a number of task forces and commissions at the local, state, national, and international levels. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association, the Nature Conservancy, and the Board of Directors of Environmental Science Associates (a private environmental consulting firm).

Blakely is the author of four books and more than 100 scholarly articles. His publications include Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities (Temple University Press, 1992); Planning Local Economic Development Theory and Practice (Sage, 1989); and Rural Communities in Advanced Industrial Society (Praeger, 1979).