Robert Buckley

  • Senior Fellow, International Affairs, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
  • The New School



Bob Buckley is a senior fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. Previously, he was an advisor and managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, and lead economist at the World Bank. Buckley’s work at both the foundation and the World Bank focused largely on issues relating to urbanization in developing countries. He is particularly interested in the policy issues related to slum formation and approaches to dealing with them. A significant part of his past work involved preparing projects and grants related to urban development issues. He has worked in more than 50 developing countries and has written widely on urbanization, housing, and development issues in the popular press, such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, as well as in academic journals such as the Oxford Bulletin of Economicsand Statistics, Nature, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. His most recent book, Urbanization and Economic Growth, was co-edited with Michael Spence and Patricia Annez. Buckley has also taught at a number of other universities—Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania—and served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Finally, Buckley has also been a Fulbright Scholar, awarded a Regent's Fellowship at the University of California, and been supported by the Marshall Fund, the Gates Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.