Madhav G. Badami


Associate Professor and Graduate Program Co-Director

Joint appointment with the Bieler 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 Bieler 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.


Selected Fellowships, Memberships, and Recognitions

Invited Member, Advisory Council for the World Resources Institute Ross Prize for Cities (, February 2018

Invited Member, Editorial Board, Sustainability - Open Access Journal, Sustainable Transportation Section ( /Sustainable Transportation), February 2018

Included in McGill's Thank a Prof programme for 2017-2018 (

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

Visiting Senior Research Fellowship, Global Urban Research Centre, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester, April-June 2015

Bartlett Visiting Research Fellowship for 2014-2015, related to Human Well-Being at the Bartlett, University of College London, January-March 2015 (https://www/


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 2011)


Sadoway, D.*, G. Gopakumar, V. Baindur, and M.G. Badami. 2018. “JNNURM as a Window on Urban Governance -- Its Institutional Footprint, Antecedents and Legacy”. Economic & Political Weekly. Vol. 53, No. 2. pp. 71-81.

van Lierop, D.*, M.G. Badami, and A.M. El-Geneidy. 2018. “What influences satisfaction and loyalty in public transport? A review of the literature”. Transport Reviews. Vol. 38, Issue 1. pp. 52-72.



Verbich, D.*, M.G. Badami, and A.M. El-Geneidy. 2017. “Bang For The Buck: Toward A Rapid Assessment Of Public Transit From Multiple Perspectives In North American Cities”. Transport Policy. Vol. 55. pp. 51-61.



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.


Articles Under Preparation for Submission to Peer-reviewed Journals

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

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

Baqir, F., and M.G. Badami. "OPP and Beyond: Lessons from Co-Production Models in Pakistan". For submission to Environment and Urbanization.

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.

Atkinson, R., and M.G. Badami. “Non-revenue Water in the Global South – A Critical Review of the Literature.” For submission to Water Policy or Journal of Environmental Management.

Badami, M.G. “Pedestrian Accessibility in Indian Cities: Present Status, Barriers and Strategies.” and “Urban Transport Policy in India: Imperatives, Barriers, and Prospects”. For submission to Transport Policy and Economic and Political Weekly.

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.


Recent Scholarly Lectures, Seminars, Presentations, and Workshops (since 2011)

~~Invited Discussant, Workshop on “Human Rights-based Approach to Development: A Case of Access to Water in Pakistan”, by Mr. Fayyaz Baqir, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, October 25, 2017.

Organized workshop titled "Revalourising the Poromboke: Social Security; Ecological Security", delivered by Nityanand Jayaraman of Vettiver Koottamaippu, Chennai, and Karen Coelho, Madras Institute of Development Studies; Discussants: Lisa Bornstein, School of Urban Planning, and Fayyaz Baqir, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, at the School of Urban Planning, September 29, 2017.
“Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Funding: Long-term Impacts”, with Christian Krelling, poster presentation at the Shastri 50 - India 70 - Canada 150: A Celebration of Collaboration between India and Canada event, in the Commonwealth Room, House of Commons, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, October 5, 2017.

“Urban Challenges and Imperatives in India”, Conference on Asia(s): Challenges, tensions, and Mobilities – Interdisciplinary Approaches, Université de Montréal, March 10, 2017.

Invited panelist, Panel discussion on Society & the Environment: a Multidisciplinary Perspective, organized by WWF McGill and the AUS McGill Environmental Council, McGill University, January 17, 2017.

“Urban Transport Research in India and North America”, Lightning Talk, Sustainability Sciences and Technologies Initiative, McGill University, November 7, 2016.

Invited moderator of plenary roundtable panel discussion titled “Sustainable Consumption and Production in South Asian Cities: What? How?” sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, at the 8th Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, on Urbanization and the Environment, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Jan 4-6, 2016 (, page 3).

Invited participant, Workshop on Transport, Well Being and Development: Perspectives and Methods for Urban Nigeria, Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett, University College London, June 26, 2015.

“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.
"Everyone is a pedestrian at some point or the other", NMT Times Special Edition, Clean Air Asia, Manila. Interview with Madhav Badami by Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of Clean Air Asia. Available at

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.
“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.

Conceptualized and organized research planning meeting on “Understanding Decision Processes to Enable Socially Just and Environmentally Sustainable Urban Policy-making in India”, 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.

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

“Urban Transport, Environment and Health in India: Challenges and Strategies.” Invited presentation delivered at the Environment, Health and Equity: Global Strategies and Innovation Research to Policy Conference, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, April 29-30, 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 at

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