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Daniere, Amrita G.

Research Endeavors

Infrastructure provision in developing-country megacities including water and sanitation services, housing, solid waste collection and disposal, and transportation. Much of my published work in this area was funded by a research grant, for which I was the co-principal investigator with Randall Crane, from the University of California's Pacific Rim Research Program.

Development and implementation of policy and planning from a political-economy perspective in third world urban areas. I and a co-author (Lois Takahashi from the University of California, Los Angeles) have recently published a book (Ashgate, 2002) entitled Rethinking Environmental Management in the Pacific Rim: Exploring Local Participation in Bangkok, Thailand, based on our ongoing research together in Thailand on environmental policy and planning, especially at the community level. The research was funded primarily by a Pacific Basin Research Center grant from Soka University.

My most recent work focuses on the relevance of social networks to environmental policy design and implementation and how knowledge regarding networks and community perceptions might be incorporated into environmental management and governance of urban areas. Lois Takahashi and I won a grant from the University of California's Pacific Rim Research Program to study these issues in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City in 1999. I subsequently, in 2000, won a three-year SSHRC grant to continue and deepen this research to include qualitative research and workshops between the collaborators from the four different countries involved in this research project. This past summer, I was able to use the remaining funds to conduct research on social capital using experimental economic games with Professor Jeff Carpenter from Middlebury College which has resulted in two submitted papers with at least one more in the pipeline.

Finally, I have just won another three-year SSHRC grant to conduct research with Professor Michael Douglass at the University of Hawaii on the relationship between social capital, urban governance and civic spaces in Asian cities. I am very much looking forward to this new area of inquiry.

Refereed Publications


  • (primary author with Anchana NaRanong and Lois Takahashi) "Social Capital, Networks and Community Environments in Bangkok, Thailand," Growth and Change 33, 2002, 453-483.
  • "Canadian urbanism and Jane Jacobs," Journal of Urban Affairs 22, 2001, 459-461.
    (primary author with Lois Takahashi) "Public policy and human dignity: Environmental policies and human values in Bangkok," Policy Sciences 32 2000, 247-268.
  • "Sustainable urbanization in megacities: The role of nonmotorized transportation," Transportation Research Record (1695) 2000, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 26-33.
  • "(primary author with Lois Takahashi) "Environmental behavior in Bangkok, Thailand: A portrait of attitudes, values and behavior," Economic Development and Cultural Change 47 1999, 525-557.
  • "More and better credit: Housing policy reform in Bolivia," International Planning Studies 4 1999, 29-51.

Books and/or Chapters

  • (primary author with Lois Takahashi) Rethinking Environmental Management in the Pacific Rim: Exploring Local Participation in Bangkok, Thailand, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Aldershot UK (2002, 170 pages).
  • (primary author with Lois Takahashi) "Social Networks, Social Capital and Community Governance: Environmental Management in Bangkok's Slums," in Social Capital and Economic Development: Well-Being in Developing Countries, Jonathan Isham, Thomas Kelly and Sundar Ramaswamy (eds.), Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK (2002), pp.176-196.
  • (primary author with Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez) "Environmental and communications infrastructure in Chile," in The Spatial Distribution of Public Services: The Case of Chile, John Meyer and Edward Glaeser (ed.), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2001), pp. 185-224.


University of Toronto, Department of Geography and Program in Planning

The University of Toronto's Department of Geography is one of the oldest and largest geography departments in North America. Founded in 1935,  the department is now present on three University of Toronto campuses: the St. George  campus downtown, the Mississauga campus and the...


Carpenter, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Carpenter is associate professor at the Department of Economics of the Middlebury College...

Takahashi, Lois

Professor Takahashi's research focuses on social service delivery, HIV prevention, and...

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