Robert Blair, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) | University of Nebraska at Omaha



Dr. Blair, Professor of Public Administration and Director of Urban Studies, has been at the University of Nebraska Omaha since 1989. Previously he worked in city management, economic development and community development in Nebraska. He directs the local management program at UNO and works regularly with city managers. Prof. Blair has assisted many communities and public organizations on projects related to community and economic development. He was recognized by ICMA in 2014 for his contributions to the field of professional local government management. Prof. Blair has contributed to Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Works Management and Policy Journal, State and Local Government Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Great Plains Research, The Journal of the Community Development, Public Administration Review, and Public Administration Quarterly.

Research Interests

Public policy
State and local government
Urban and rural development
Program implementation


Public Administration
Community Development
City Management
Economic Development

Leadership Roles

Local Government Management Education committee for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
Vice chair of the Advisory Board on Graduate Education for the International City Management Association (ICMA


City Management in the United States and Norway: A Comparative Analysis of Professional Orientations. Christian Janousek, co-author. International Journal of Public Administration, 37 (8) 484-493, 2014.

Demographic Foundation of Rural Education in the Great Plains: The Impact of Urbanization. David Drozd and Jerry Deichert, co-authors. Great Plains Research. 23 (3) Fall 2013.

State Rural Development Policy: The Role of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Jerry Deichert and David Drozd, co-authors. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 20 (1) Spring 2008.


Rural Futures Institute
Faculty Research International
Omaha Public Power District


Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, 2015. UNO Alumni Association.
Honorary Member, International City/County Management Association, 2014, for distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government, ICMA’s the highest award
Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 2004.