Robert Buckley

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.

Content by Robert Buckley
  • Project

    Housing demand in Kigali

    The Government of Rwanda would like to understand the quantity of housing need in Kigali, and to update it from an earlier 2012 study conducted by the European Union, as well as to understand how to expand affordable housing. This project estimates: i) the quantity of housing needed in Kigali, Rwanda; and ii) the purchasing power of tenant and mortgage-holding...

    8 Jan 2019 | Jonathan Bower, Sally Murray, Robert Buckley, Laura Wainer

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Government support for low income housing in Kigali (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Robert Buckley, Sally Murray

  • Project

    Government support for low income housing in Kigali

    Affordable housing for the (majority) low income population, will be key to successful urbanisation in Rwanda This study analysed the Government’s draft Ministerial Instructions regarding government support for low cost housing development The researchers made specific recommendations to deliver affordability for occupiers and attractiveness for...

    22 Apr 2015 | Robert Buckley

  • Blog post

    Delivering low income housing in Rwanda

    Kigali should be an engine of growth and poverty reduction for Rwanda. But just 1,000 formal houses are built there each year, and most are too expensive for the majority low-income citizens. How can the government breathe life into the city’s low income housing market?

    23 Mar 2015 | Robert Buckley, Sally Murray

  • Project

    Delivering affordable housing and supporting infrastructure in Kigali, Rwanda

    Rwanda, one of the least urbanized countries in Africa, is expecting large increase in its share of urban population from current 17% to 35% by 2020, in other words an annual urban growth of 9 percent. Considering the inability of many rural farms to provide a subsistence livelihood, high urbanization rates are inevitable. The national economic plan (EDPRS II) recognizes...

    13 Feb 2015 | Robert Buckley, Jit Bajpai