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Madhav G. Badami


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

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

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 (http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/SSS/).

On sabbatic leave 2014-15; during this time, I am:

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

The areas of 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 617 Selected Topics 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 702 Course not available


Recent Peer-reviewed Publications (since 2009)


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”. In press in Transport Reviews. DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2015.1005034.

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.


Badami, M.G. 2009. “Urban Transport Policy as if People and the Environment Mattered: Pedestrian Accessibility the First Step.” Special article in Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XLIV, No. 33. pp. 43-51. An excerpted version has been published in F. Miraftab and N. Kudva, eds., 2004. Cities of the Global South Reader. Oxford, UK: Routledge. pp. 182-187.

* -- Graduate student at the time of submission.


Peer-reviewed Reports (since 2009)

Badami, M.G. 2009. Urban Transport in India: Policy Implications and Research Agenda. Centre for Public Policy Occasional Paper No. 11. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Management.


Other Recent Publications (since 2009)

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.

Badami, M.G. 2009. “Where the pedestrian is a third class citizen”. The Hindu. November 29.


Articles Under Preparation for Submission to Peer-reviewed Journals

Haider, M., K. Kerr*, and M.G. Badami. “Commuting and stress: Recent evidence from Canada”. Being revised for resubmission to Journal of Transport and Health.

Sadoway, D.*, G. Gopakumar, V. Baindur, and M.G. Badami. “Locating the legacy of JNNURM for urban governance”. Being revised for resubmission to Economic and Political Weekly.

Harding, S.*, M.G. Badami, C. Reynolds, and M. Kandlikar. “Auto-rickshaws in Indian cities: Perceptions, Representations, and the Vehicle Operator Perspective”. For submission to Environment and Planning A or Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. "Delhi's Natural Gas Fueled Public Bus Transit Fleet: Evaluation of Operational and Financial Performance". For submission to Transport 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.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. “Life cycle costs of CNG urban bus fleet operations: The Indian experience”. For submission to Transportation Research Part A (Policy and Practice).

Erfan, A., M. Luxion*, and M.G. Badami. “Community-based Solid Waste Management Projects: A Critical Survey of Case Studies from South Asia”. For submission to the International Journal of Urban and Regional 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, B. Fabian, and A. Arora. “Pedestrian Accessibility in Indian Cities: Present Status, Barriers and Strategies.” For submission to the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.


Recent Scholarly Lectures, Seminars, Presentations, and Workshops (since 2009)

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.

“A Billion Vehicles and Counting: The Transport Energy Challenge”. Invited public lecture delivered as part of the McGill Mini Enviro Lecture Series, McGill University, November 30, 2009. Available here.

“Do People Matter: Restoring Pedestrian Accessibility in Indian Cities.” Invited seminar presentation at the Asian Development Bank, Manila. May 27, 2009.