USC Price School of Public Policy

Hilda Blanco

Research Professor
Interim Director, Center for Sustainable Cities

Von Kleinsmid Center 367
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

Phone: (213) 821-2431

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning

University of California, Berkeley


Sustainable cities, climate change and cities, land policy, planning theory

Biographical sketch

Hilda Blanco is Research Professor and Interim Director of the Center for Sustainable Cities in the USC Price School. She is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, where she served as Chair of the department from 2000-2007.

Dr. Blanco holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from the City College of New York, a Masters in City and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work focuses on water policy in California, climate change, urban growth management, brownfields policy, and decision-making and planning theories. She recently served as a lead author focused on urban issues for the fifth (2014) U.N. International Panel on Climate Change’s global assessment, and for the U.S. National Climate Assessment (2014).

Her published works include How to Think About Social Problems: American Pragmatism and the Idea of Planning (Greenwood Press 1994), the Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods and Outlook (2014) , co-edited with D. Mazmanian, and recent articles in Progress in Planning, Journal of Emergency Management, Urban Studies, and Technology and Society. She is currently the North American editor of the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and serves on the Editorial Board of Progress in Planning and the Journal of Emergency Management.


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