Madhav G. Badami


Associate Professor
(Joint appointment with the McGill School of Environment)

Ph.D., University of British Columbia
M.E.Des., University of Calgary
M.S., Indian Institute of Technology
B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology

Office: Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 403


Professor Badami has a joint appointment in the School of Urban Planning and the McGill School of Environment. After having studied mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, he spent nine years in diesel engine development in the Indian truck and bus industry. He then obtained a Master's degree in environmental science at the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia.

Apart from his joint appointment, he is a core faculty member in the inter-faculty BA&Sc programme in Sustainability, Science and Society (


Other Recent Affiliations

Invited Member, Scientific Advisory Committee for the 8th Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, held in Bangalore January 2016 (

Bartlett Visiting Research Fellow for 2014-15, related to Human Well-being, at the Bartlett, University College London, January-March 2015 

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester, April-June 2015 


Research and Teaching Interests

Environmental policy and planning; urban infrastructure and services; urban transport; alternative transport fuels; and environment and development.


Ph.D. Dissertation

A multiple-objectives approach to address motorized two-wheeled vehicle emissions in Delhi, India


Courses Currently Taught at McGill University

ENVR 201 Society,Environ&Sustainability 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENVR 652 Environmental Seminar 3 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 501 Principles and Practice 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Recent Peer-reviewed Publications (since 2010)


Harding, S.*, M.G. Badami, C. Reynolds, and M. Kandlikar. “Auto-rickshaws in Indian cities: Public perceptions and operational realities”. Transport Policy. Vol. 52. pp. 143-152.

Chen, D.M.*, B.F. Tucker*, M.G. Badami, N. Ramankutty, and J. Rhemtulla. 2016. “A multi-dimensional metric for facilitating sustainable food choices in campus cafeterias”. Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 135. pp. 1351-1362.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. 2016. "Operational and Financial Performance of Delhi's Natural Gas-fueled Public Bus Transit Fleet: A critical evaluation". Transport Policy. Vol. 47. pp. 178-188.



Diab, E., I.*, M.G. Badami, and A.M. El-Geneidy. 2015. “Bus Transit Service Reliability and Improvement Strategies: Integrating the Perspectives of Passengers and Transit Agencies in North America”. Transport Reviews. Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 292-328.

Manaugh, K.*, M.G. Badami, and A. El-Geneidy. 2015. “Integrating Social Equity into Urban Transportation Planning: A Critical Evaluation of Equity Objectives and Measures in Transportation Plans in North America”. Transport Policy. Vol. 37. pp. 167-176.

Badami, M.G. and N. Ramankutty. 2015. “Urban Agriculture and Food Security: A Critique Based on an Assessment of Urban Land Constraints”. Global Food Security. Vol. 4. pp. 8-15.



Badami, M.G. 2013. “The New Challenges of Rapid Urban Growth: Imperatives and Strategies for Transport in India” in J. Heymann and M. Barrera, eds. Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Making Progress on Environment and Equity. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 167-188.

Badami, M.G. and M. Haider. 2013. “Urban Policy for Environmental Quality and Well-Being” in A. Najam and M. Yusuf, eds., South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures. London: Anthem Press. pp. 160-168.

Shah, Y.*, K. Manaugh*, M.G. Badami, and A. El-Geneidy. 2013. “Diagnosing Transportation: Developing Key Performance Indicators to Assess Urban Transportation Systems”. Transportation Research Record. No. 2357. pp. 1-12.


Thibert, J.*, and M.G. Badami. 2011. “Estimating and communicating food system impacts: A case study in Montreal, Quebec.” Ecological Economics. Vol. 70, Issue 10. pp. 1814-1821.

Reynolds, C.C.O*, M. Kandlikar, and M.G. Badami. 2011. “Determinants of PM and GHG emissions from natural gas-fueled autorickshaws in Delhi”. Transportation Research Part D – Transport and Environment. Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 160-165.


Haider, M., and M.G. Badami. 2010. “Urbanization and Local Governance Challenges in Pakistan”. Environment and Urbanization Asia. Vol. 1. pp. 81-96.

* -- Graduate student at the time of submission.


Other Recent Publications (since 2010)

Badami, M.G. 2010. “The Road Transport Energy Challenge in India.” India in Transition Series, Centre for the Advanced Studies of India, University of Pennsylvania.


Articles Under Preparation for Submission to Peer-reviewed Journals

Verbich, D.*, M.G. Badami, and A.M. El-Geneidy. “Bang For The Buck: Toward A Rapid Assessment Of Public Transit From Multiple Perspectives In North American Cities”. Submitted to Transport Policy.

van Lierop, D.*, M.G. Badami, and A.M. El-Geneidy. “What influences satisfaction and loyalty in public transit? A critical review of the literature”. Submitted to Transport Reviews.

Gopakumar, G., D. Sadoway*, V. Baindur, and M.G. Badami. “Assembling extrospective urbanism in India: The case of JNNURM”. Being revised for re-submission to Urban Geography.

Seufert, V.*, N. Ramankutty, S. E. Austin*, S. Turner, and M.G. Badami. “Organic agriculture in Kerala: Motivations, Prospects and Livelihood Outcomes”. For submission to World Development.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. “CNG and diesel urban bus fleets in India: A life-cycle cost comparison”. For submission to Energy Policy.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. “Natural Gas Fueled Urban Bus Transit: US and Latin American Experience and Lessons for Rapidly Motorizing Countries.” For submission to Energy Policy.

Erfan, A., M. Luxion*, and M.G. Badami. “Community-based Solid Waste Management Schemes: A Critical Survey of Studies from India”. For submission to Planning Policy and Research.

Leclerc, S.* and M.G. Badami. “The Political Economy of E-waste Management System Design: The Case of Quebec”. For submission to the Journal of Industrial Ecology or Global Environmental Politics.

Badami, M.G., S. Gota, and A. Arora. “Pedestrian Accessibility in Indian Cities: Present Status, Barriers and Strategies.” For submission to the Transport Policy.


Recent Scholarly Lectures, Seminars, Presentations, and Workshops (since 2010)

Invited moderator of plenary roundtable panel discussion titled “Sustainable Consumption and Production in South Asian Cities: What? How?”, on to moderate the plenary panel, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, at the 8th Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, on Urbanization and the Environment, held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Jan 4-6 (

Invited participant, Workshop on Transport, Well Being and Development: Perspectives and Methods for Urban Nigeria, Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett, University College London.

“Urban Transport and other Urban Infrastructure and Services in India: A Policy-Revelant Research Agenda”. Seminar in the Global Urban Research Centre, The University of Manchester, June 12, 2015.

“Bridging the Gap between Urban Transport Needs and Policy in India: What Can Academic Researchers Do?”. Invited seminar in the Development Planning Unit, University College London, March 30, 2015, and in the Global Urban Research Centre, The University of Manchester, May 29, 2015.

“The Role of Urban Transport in Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor”. Research presentation in the Bartlett Research Exchange, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, March 23, 2015.

“MCDM: Integrating Public and Technical Values and Judgments to Create and Evaluate Policy Alternatives for Better Decision-making”. Presentation in the MCDM Seminar, OMEGA Centre and SINTROPHER, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, March 23, 2015.

Krelling, C. and M.G. Badami. 2014. “Delhi Transport Corporation’s CNG Bus Transit Fleet: Operational and Financial Performance”. Presentation in Lectern Session 755 at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C. January 15.

Invited participant in the IKIAM Amazon University Academic Programs Review Workshop organized by the Government of Ecuador, Quito and Tena, September 23-27, 2014.

“Sustainable Urban Transport in India: Pedestrian Accessibility is the First Step”. Invited public lecture in the Kadambari Badami Memorial Lecture Series, delivered at Transparent Chennai, May 3, 2014. Event announcement and coverage.

“Some Research Directions related to Urban Decision-making in India: The Case of Urban Transport”. Presentation at research planning meeting held at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, April 23, 2014.

Research planning meeting on “Understanding Decision Processes to Enable Socially Just and Environmentally Sustainable Urban Policy-making in India” – conceptualized and organized April 23-25, 2014, at and in collaboration with the Madras Institute of Development Studies, with funding from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Invited Moderator of a Roundtable Panel in the First Annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design titled “Engineering Our Prosperity: Sustainable Cities and Industries in the 21st Century”, Trottier Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Design, McGill University, March 18, 2014. 

Invited participant in the IKIAM Amazon University Workshop organized by the Government of Ecuador, December 1-8, 2013. 

“Peak Oil: ‘False Bad News’, Serious Threat or Opportunity?” urban.studies@mcgill Seminar Series, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, October 11, 2013.

“Gujarat: an economic miracle or hype?”. Invited panelist with Professors Darshini Mahadevia, CEPT University, and Professors Mitu Sengupta and Murtaza Haider, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, September 9, 2013.

“Urban Transport in Rapidly Motorizing Low-income Countries: A Policy-Relevant Research Agenda.” Invited presentation delivered at the World Bank, November 9, 2011.

“Agriculture, Environment, and Food Security”. Invited panelist with Professors Navin Ramankutty and Elena Bennett at the McCord Museum, Montreal, November 2, 2011.

“The Tata Nano and Beyond: Urban Transport in India”. Invited presentation delivered at the Unpacking the Nano Symposium, Cornell University, March 10-11, 2011. Available here.