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Robert BlairRobert Blair, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Urban Studies
Date of Appointment: 1996

Phone: (402) 554.3865
Fax: (402) 554.2682
Office: CB 111


Curriculum Vita

Primary Expertise

City Management
Community & Economic Development Policy
Implementation Theory
Urban Studies


B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha (Political Science), 1973
M.P.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1975
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1996

Academic Positions

University of Nebraska at Omaha
     • Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, 1996 to present.
     • Senior Research Associate, Center for Public Affairs Research, 1989 to 1996

Government Administrative Positions

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
     • Coordinator of Community Assistance Programs, 1985 to 1989
     • Industrial Development Consultant, 1981 to 1985

City of Kearney, Nebraska
     • Assistant City Manager, 1979 to 1981

City of Grand Island, Nebraska
     • City Personnel Director, 1977 to 1979
     • Assistant to Public Works Director, 1975 to 1977

Courses taught

Graduate: Public Administration and Democracy, Municipal Administration, Policy Design and Implementation, Community Organizing and Development, Public Works Management Interdisciplinary Seminar on the Urban Community, Applied Urban Analysis, Housing and Community Development, Capstone Research Project.

Undergraduate: Introduction to Urban Studies, Research Methods.

Research Interests

  • Policy implementation: policy tools, policy networks, policy communities.
  • Policy specializations: economic development, community development, housing.
  • Public management: local government, intergovernmental collaboration, and state government.

Professional Activities

Professor Blair has published articles in his research interests in Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Works Management and Policy, and International Journal of Economic Development .

He has also contributed chapters to several public policy texts. Blair has also authored or co-authored more than twenty monographs, applied research studies, and professional management publications.

He also served as executive editor, and currently serves on the editorial board, for Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society.

Professor Blair works closely with Nebraska city managers and administrators, and the International City County Management Association on educational and professional development issues, and has provided technical assistance to many communities.

He also is studying comparative local government management and was awarded a visiting scholar fellowship in 2009 by the University of Agder to conduct his research in Norway.

Hobbies & Interests

Professor Blair competes in sprint triathlons and is waiting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series.