Title/Position: Principal Consultant
Firm: GHK Consulting, Inc.
MCRI Projects: A2: Governance; B1: New Suburban Forms; B3: Land and Housing Markets; C1: Africa Research Cluster (Team Lead); C4: South Asia Research Cluster.
Background: Robin Bloch is a professionally-trained urban and regional planner with over 20 years of international professional/practitioner experience in urban, metropolitan and regional planning, spatial and land use planning, urban and regional economic development, and urban environmental planning and management. He is the Principal Consultant for GHK Consulting. His work has incorporated the full spectrum of the project cycle from project identification and formulation through implementation, quality assurance and the monitoring and evaluation of individual projects and programs. He also has long-run international experience of policymaking and of urban, regional and economic development strategy and planning at local, regional and national government levels. Bloch is also a research affiliate at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town. Most recently he published “Dubai’s long goodbye” in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Currently, he is serving as Project Manager on the preparation of a Global handbook on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the World Bank/Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the Disaster Risk Management Global Expert Team. The handbook provides an operational guide on how to effectively manage the risk of floods in rapidly urbanizing settings in the context of a changing climate.
Research Interests: Economic and regional development; politics and government; globalization.
”Dubai’s long goodbye.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34, 4, 2010.
“Subnational Economic Development in Present-Day South Africa: Retrospect and Prospect.” Urban Forum Urban Futures Special Issue, 11, 2, 2000.
Evaluation Report: Evaluation of DANCED Supported Capacity Development Initiatives in the Republic of South Africa. Co-written with Alain Lafontaine, Hans Genefke Jorgensen and Nick Roe. DANCED, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Copenhagen, 2000.
“SDIs: infrastructure, agglomeration and the region in industrial policy.” Co-written with David Lewis. Development Southern Africa SDI Special Issue, 15, 5, 1998
“Endless Quest for Space: The Provision and Use of Industrial Space in South Africa.” Urban Forum 6, 1, 1995.
Review of Postsuburban California: The Transformation of Orange County Since World War II, edited by Rob Kling, Spencer Olin, and Mark Poster. Design Book Review 14, 1992.
“Planning for a Fragrant Future: Air Pollution Control, Restructuring, and Popular Alternatives in Los Angeles.” Co-written with Roger Keil. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 6, 1991.
“American exceptionalism in regional planning, 1933-2000.” Co-written with John Friedmann. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 14, 4. 1990.
“Post-War Regional Planning: Theory and Record.” The South African Journal of Economics 58, 2, 1990.