Mike Douglass (urban planner)

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Mike Douglass is an American urban planner and social scientist noted for his analyses of rural-urban linkages, migration and international economic competition, globalization and the rise of civil society in Asia. He has commenced a 5-year joint appointment as Professor in the Asian Urbanisms Cluster in Asia Research Institute and the Department of Sociology in the National University of Singapore (NUS) since June 2012.

Prior his coming to NUS, Mike Douglass was the Director of the Globalization Research Center and Professor and former Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii. He received a Ph.D. in Urban Planning at UCLA. He previously taught at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague and at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK He has also been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, UCLA, and Thammasat University. A specialist in urban and regional planning in Asia, he has lived and worked for many years in East and Southeast Asia. He has joined numerous research and planning projects throughout the region and has frequently been a consultant to international agencies and national and local government in Asia in areas related to his interests.

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  • 2003 Mike Douglass and Glenda Roberts, eds., Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society (Honolulu: Reprint by University of Hawaii Press).
  • 2002 Mike Douglass, ed., “Special Issue on Globalization and Civic Space in Pacific Asia,” International Development Planning Review, 24:4, Nov., includes 6 articles.
  • 2002 Mike Douglas and Mike DiGregorio with Valuncha Pichaya, Pornpan Boonchuen, Made Brunner, Wiwik Bunjamin, Dan Foster, Scott Handler, Rizky Komalasari, and Kana Taniguchi, The Urban Transition in Vietnam (Honolulu, Fukuoka and Hanoi: UNCHS/UNDP and University of Hawaii, Department of Urban and Regional Planning).
  • 2000 Mike Douglass and Glenda Roberts, eds., Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society (London: Routledge).
  • 1998 Mike Douglass and John Friedmann, eds., Cities for Citizens: Planning and the Rise of Civil Society in a Global Age (London: John Wiley).
  • 1997 Won Bae Kim, Mike Douglass, and Sung-Chuel Choe, eds., Culture and the City in East Asia (Oxford University Press).
  • 1996 Mike Douglass, Sustainable Human Settlements: Challenge of the Transition in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (New York: UNDP for the Habitat II Conference, Istanbul).
  • 1995 Mike Douglass, Urban Poverty and Policy Alternatives in Asia (Kuala Lumpur: UNDP/Asia-Pacific 2000/ UNESCAP monograph).
  • 1991 Mike Douglass, Urbanization in China: Comparative Asia Perspective (in Chinese) (Beijing: Helongjiang People’s Publishing Housing).
  • 1987 Mike Douglass, Transnational Capital and Urbanization in Japan (Sydney: University of Sydney, Faculty of Economics, Transnational Corporations Research Project, Research Monograph 25).
  • 1987 Mike Douglass and John Friedmann, eds., Transnational Capital and Urbanization on the Pacific Rim; Proceedings from a Conference (L.A.: UCLA Center for Pacific Rim Studies).
  • 1984 Hiran Dias, Mike Douglass, João Guimaraes, Richard Vokes, eds., Rural Development and Regional Planning in the 80’s (Bangkok: Asian Institute of Technology).
  • 1983 Mike Douglass, Regional Integration on the Capitalist Periphery: the Central Plains of Thailand (The Hague: Institute of Social Studies, Research Monograph).
  • 1982 Mike Douglass, The Political Economy of Regional Integration: The Central Plains of Thailand, 1850-1980 (Los Angeles: Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning).

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