Blake is a specialist in sustainable cities and the role of infrastructure and other urban systems in shaping resource consumption, working with the Hot or Cool Institute on our cities programme and the Beacon for Sustainable Living. He has a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and has worked on issues relating to sustainable cities since 2010 for the Sustainability Institute in South Africa, ICLEI Africa, Circle Economy and the Urban Futures Studio. He has contributed his expertise to publications for the International Resource Panel, UNEP, UN-Habitat, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and others, and has acted as an advisor to a number of organisations in South Africa and abroad.
With a bachelor’s degree in marketing, he is passionate about using creative approaches and media to bring sustainability into everyday life, bridging the gap between academia and society. Originally from South Africa, he has a particular interest in the sustainable development of African cities. In addition to his role at the Hot or Cool Institute, he leads a multi-year project on re-imagining infrastructure for sustainable African cities at the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and is a Senior Associate at OneEarth Living.