University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Bryan Downes

Bryan DownesProfessor Emeritus
Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. (political science), Washington University, St. Louis (1966)
M.S. (political science), University of Oregon (1963)
B.S. (political science), University of Oregon (1962)

Summary of Interests

Community governance; strategies for achieving organizational excellence in the public and nonprofit sectors; leadership and management of public sector change efforts, including reinventing or reengineering government, developing learning organizations, implementing total-quality management, and building productive workplacest; building sustainable communities. Focus is American and Canadian contexts.

Past Research Interests

Study of the capacity of small communities and their local governments to deal with change, particularly economic transition and reductions in financial resources; examination of strategies for improving local government performance and accountability; inquiry into factors facilitating the development of sustainable communities. Research was conducted at the local municipal level of governmental activity and secondarily at the state or provincial level in the United States and Canada, and more recently in New Zealand.

Past Courses and Seminars

City Management, Leading and Managing Organizational Change, Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations, Community Development.