Mike Douglass


Ph.D, Urban Planning, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)

Mike Douglass
Contact Details

DID: (65) 6516 5243

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Wing B, Level 2, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Mike Douglass is Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Professor at the Asia Research Institute, where he is Leader of the Asian Urbanisms Cluster (See blog), National University of Singapore. He is Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii where he was also the Director of the Globalization Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA. He previously held positions in the United Nations and taught at the Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands) and the University of East Anglia (U.K.). He has also been a Visiting Scholar/Professor at Thammasat University, Tokyo University, Stanford University, UCLA, and the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements.  He was twice Finalist for the Mentor of the Year Award and twice recipient of the annual Excellence in Research Award at the University of Hawaii.  In 2011 he received the annual Bui Xuan Phai Award for his support of the arts and culture of Hanoi.

Mike Douglass - CV

Research Areas

  • Climate change
  • Disaster Governance
  • Globalisation and urbanization in Asia
  • Social policy
  • Urban Policy and Planning


  • Globalization, the Rise of Civil Society and Civic Spaces in Pacific Asia Cities (Routledge, 2010).
  • Connected Cities: Histories, Hinterlands, Hierarchies and Networks, Urban Studies, Economy, Volume III (Sage, 2010).
  • Building Urban Communities: The Politics of Civic Space in Asia (Routledge, 2008).
  • The Rise of Mega-Urban Regions in Pacific Asia – Urban Dynamics in a Global Era (Singapore University Press, 2008).  
  • Japan and Global Migration:  Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society (University of Hawaii Press, 2003).
  • Cities for Citizens: Planning and the Rise of Civil Society in a Global Age (John Wiley, 1998).
  • “After the Revolution: From Insurgencies to Social Projects to Recover the Public City,” International Development Planning Review, 2014
  • “Decentralizing Governance in a Transborder Urban Age: East Asia and the Busan–Fukuoka ‘Common Living Sphere’,” Pacific Affairs, 2014
  • “Enclave Urbanism in China: Consequences and Interpretations,” Urban Geography, 2012
  • “Globalizing the Household in East Asia,” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy, 2010.


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