The CoG welcomes two Fulbright fellows: Prof. Robert Blair and Prof. Goktug Morcol

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Centre on Governance is very pleased to welcome two new visiting researchers and Fulbright fellows.


Dr. Robert Blair (University of Omaha) is currently a Fulbright fellow at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada and is also associated with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Dr. Blair has also been an affiliated researcher at the Centre on Governance since the fall of 2021. Dr. Blair is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. He is currently research Canadian city management and partnerships between Chief Administrative Officers and elected officials.

Dr. Blair has published articles in the fields of city management, public policy and economic development in Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society; Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management; Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory; Public Works Management and Policy; State and Local Government Review; American Review of Public Administration; International Journal of Public Administration; and International Journal of Economic Development. He has also contributed chapters to several public policy texts. Robert Blair has also authored or co-authored more than twenty-five monographs, applied research studies, and professional management publications.

He also served as executive editor, and on the editorial board, for Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. Dr. Blair works closely with Nebraska city managers and administrators, and the International City County Management Association on educational, applied research, and professional development issues, and has provided technical assistance to many communities and public agencies over the years.



Dr. Goktug Morcol (Penn State University, Harrisburg) is a visiting professor and a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the Centre on Governance, the University of Ottawa. His home institution is the Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg.

He has authored, edited, or co-edited 8 books: Complex governance networks (Routledge, forthcoming), Challenges to democratic governance in developing countries (Springer, 2014); A complexity theory for public policy (Routledge, 2012); Business improvement districts (CRC Press, 2008); Complexity and policy analysis (ISCE Publishing, 2008); Handbook of decision making (CRC Press, 2007); A new mind for policy analysis (Praeger, 2002); and New sciences for public administration and policy (Chatelaine Press, 2000). His articles have appeared in journals such as Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Policy Sciences, Public Administration Quarterly, Politics and Policy, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Administrative Theory and Praxis, and Emergence.

He served as the first chair of the Section on Complexity and Network Studies of the American Society for Public Administration and the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Complexity, Governance & Networks. He is an editorial board member of Complexity, Governance & Networks, the International Journal of Public Administration and Public Organization Review.

Dr. Morcol is currently working on the Impacts of Covid-19 on the Business Improvement Areas in Ontario and Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery, and will be staying in Ottawa for the winter and spring semesters.

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