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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 Master¹s degree in environmental science at the University of Calgary, and a PhD from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia.

Professor Badami's teaching and research interests are in the areas of environmental policy and planning; urban infrastructure and services; urban transport; alternative transport fuels; and environment and development.

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/).

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, Environment and Sustainability

ENVR 652       Final Research Seminar

URBP 506       Environmental Policy and Planning

URBP 617       Urban Infrastructure and Services in the International Context

URBP 702       Doctoral Research Seminar-I

Recent Publications

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.

Badami, M.G. 2013. “The New Challenges of Rapid Urban Growth: Imperatives and Strategies for Transport in India” in Jody Heymann and Magda 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 Adil Najam and Moeed Yusuf, eds., South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures. London: Anthem Press. pp. 160-168.

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.” Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XLIV, No. 33. pp. 43-51.

Badami, M.G., and M. Haider. 2007. “An Analysis of Public Bus Transit Performance in Indian Cities”. Transportation Research Part A (Policy and Practice). Vol. 41, No. 10. pp. 961-981.

Iyer, N.V., and M.G. Badami. 2007. “Two-wheeled Motor Vehicle Technology in India: Evolution, Prospects and Issues”. Energy Policy. Vol. 35, No. 8. pp. 4319-4331.

Badami, M.G., G. Tiwari, and D. Mohan. 2007. “Access and Mobility for the Urban Poor in India”. In Aprodicio A. Laquian, Vinod Tewari and Lisa Hanley (eds.), The Inclusive City: Infrastructure and Public Services for the Urban Poor in Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press.

Haider, M., and M.G. Badami. 2007. “Balancing Efficiency and Equity in Public Transit in Pakistan”. In Aprodicio A. Laquian, Vinod Tewari and Lisa Hanley (eds.), The Inclusive City: Infrastructure and Public Services for the Urban Poor in Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press.

Journal Articles Submitted or in Preparation

Manaugh, K.*, M.G. Badami, and A. El-Geneidy. “Integrating Social Equity into Urban Transportation Planning: A Review of Metropolitan Transportation Plans in North America”. Submitted to Transport Policy.

Badami, M.G. and N. Ramankutty. “Urban agriculture and food security: urban land requirements to feed the urban poor”. Submitted to Global Food Security.

Haider, M., K. Kerr*, and M.G. Badami. “Does commuting cause stress? The public health implications of traffic congestion”. For submission to American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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. "Delhi's Natural Gas Fueled Public Bus Transit Fleet: Evaluation of Operational and Financial Performance". For submission to Transport Policy or Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

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.

* -- Graduate student at the time of submission.


Other Recent Publications

 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.

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

 “Urban transport: accessibility for all is the way forward”. Guest column in Times of India, Bangalore edition. April 1, 2008. Page 2.

 “High capacity bus system and the road beyond”. Leader page article in The Hindu. December 5, 2007.


Recent Seminars and Presentations

“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?”. A panel discussion 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.” Presentation delivered at the World Bank, November 9, 2011.

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

 “Urban Transport in India: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Needs.” Seminar presentation at TERI University, New Delhi, June 22, 2011.

 “The Tata Nano and Beyond: Urban Transport in India”. Presentation delivered at the Unpacking the Nano Symposium, Cornell University, March 10-11, 2011. Available at http://www.cornell.edu/video/unpacking-the-nano-landscapes-of-mobility.

“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 at http://podcasts.mcgill.ca/environment-2/a-billion-vehicles-and-counting-....

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

“Public Bus Transit in Indian Cities: Performance, Challenges and Strategies.” Invited seminar presentation delivered at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, March 27, 2008