Elliott Sclar is a professor of urban planning. An economist and urban planner, he is the director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) at Columbia University's Earth Institute, one of seven global centers of excellence in Future Urban Transport supported by the Volvo Foundations of Gothenburg, Sweden. The center also receives support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Professor Sclar's research interests include urban economic development planning, transportation and land use planning, and economics of privatization.
Sclar was a co-coordinator of the Taskforce on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers, one of ten task forces set up by the UN Millennium Project to aid in the implementation of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. He was a lead author on the Taskforce's book length report (2005): A Home in the City.
Professor Sclar is a nationally recognized expert on privatization: his book You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization (Cornell 2000) won two major academic prizes: the Louis Brownlow Award for the Best Book of 2000 from the National Academy of Public Administration and the 2001, Charles Levine Prize from the International Political Science Association and Governance magazine for a major contribution to public policy literature.