Prof. Elliott Sclar

Prof. Elliott Sclar is a professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University and is the director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. His academic research has included serving as Director of a national study of the costs and benefits of privatization of public services, (especially transportation); and the publication of a history of neighborhood and public policy using Manhattan’s Upper West Side as a case study. Dr. Sclar was the co-coordinator of the Taskforce on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers, one of ten taskforces set up by the UN Millennium Project. He has authored numerous books, monographs, journal articles, book reviews, policy papers, planning reports as well as other consultant reports. Dr. Sclar holds a B.A. from Hofstra University and an M.A. from Tufts University. He earned his Ph. D. at Tufts.