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

madhav.g.badami [at] (Email)


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

Engineering Class of 1944 Award for Outstanding Teaching, McGill University, 2021

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

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

Review Editor, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, Cities in the Global South, 2021-

Member, Governance Council, Sustainability Projects Fund, McGill Office of Sustainability, McGill University, 2020-2022

Member-at-Large, Executive Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, 2018-19

Faculty Advisor, McCall MacBain Scholarships, McGill University, 2021

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.

My geographic areas of interest are the Indian sub-continent, Asia and North America. I attempt to study issues in their multiple (scientific-technological, socio-economic, political-institutional, and human behavioural) dimensions, in a manner that is policy-relevant and contextually grounded. I am interested in the following issues and approaches: policy and technology choice; science-policy interactions; political economy of decision-making; techno-economic and life-cycle analyses; multi-criteria decision-making; equity impacts of policies; and institutional mechanisms for effective policy-making and implementation.


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 401 Environmental Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

URBP 530 Urb Infrastr&Serv in Intl Cont 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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

URBP 704 Doctoral Research Seminar 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Interviews on Teaching


Recent Peer-reviewed Publications (since 2015)

Note: Students and Research Associates are identified with an asterisk.

Leclerc, S. H.* and M.G. Badami. 2022. “Material circularity in large organizations: Action-research to shift information technology (IT) material flows”. Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 348, Article 131333.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. 2022. “Cost-effectiveness analysis of compressed natural gas implementation in the public bus transit fleet in Delhi, India”. Transport Policy. Vol. 115, pp. 49-61.

Leclerc, S.H.* and M.G. Badami. 2020. “Extended producer responsibility for E-waste management: Policy drivers and challenges”. Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 251, Article 119657.

Krelling, C.* and M.G. Badami. 2020. “CNG and diesel urban buses in India: A life-cycle cost comparison”. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. Vol. 14, No. 8. pp. 591-605.

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.


Articles Under Preparation for Submission to Peer-reviewed Journals

Seufert, V.*, S. E. Austin*, M.G. Badami, S. Turner, and N. Ramankutty. “The diversity of organic farmer motivations and livelihoods in the Global South – a case study in Kerala, India”. Under revision for Geoforum.

Leclerc, S. and M.G. Badami. “Municipalities’ collaboration with E-Waste EPR programs: A critical analysis”

Leclerc, S. and M.G. Badami. “Informal E-Waste flows in Montreal: What goes where, with whom, why and how?”

Kumar, M., C. Krelling, and M.G. Badami. “Serving whom? Equity analysis of Bengaluru’s differential bus services”.


Non-refereed Articles (since 2015)

Badami, M.G. 2021. “Coronavirus as warning shot”. The Ecologist.

Badami, M.G. 2020. "Addressing the Urban Air-Pollution Challenge". Invited op-ed on the theme of "Cleaning City Skies" in the Voices series. One Earth. Volume 2, Issue 2, 21 February 2020, Pages 113-116.


Selected Scholarly Lectures, Seminars, Presentations, and Workshops (since 2015)

Invited panel presentation titled “The Urban Transport Prospects, Challenges and Strategies in the Global South” in the Global Transportation session in the McGill Sustainability Research Symposium on Sustainable Transportation, February 11, 2022.

Invited presentation titled “Sustainability Challenges, Prospects, Strategies” in the Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship Program, Engineers Without Borders, July 14, 2021.

Invited Jury Member, 2022 BRIDGE Sustainability case competition, McGill University, January 23, 2022.

Invited Jury Member, Environmental Policy Case Competition, organized by the Research and Sustainability Network, McGill University, November 11, 2021.

Invited Jury Member, McGill Policy Association Case competition on housing policy in Mumbai, organized by the McGill Policy Association and the International Development Studies Students Association (IDSSA), McGill University, February 26, 2021.

Invited participant, Experts’ Workshop on low-carbon transport and sustainable development goals, organized by the OPTIMISM India project team at Ahmedabad University, July 7, 2020.

Invited workshop titled "Urban Transport Challenge in India: The Gap between Needs and Policy", including a panel discussion with Sudhir Badami, Hussain Indorewala, Ratoola Kundu, and Sujit Patwardhan, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, December 24, 2019.

Invited public seminar titled "Operational and Financial Performance of Delhi’s CNG Bus Transit Fleet: A Critical Evaluation", delivered at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, December 23, 2019.

Invited panelist, along with G.S.R. Chaitanya on "Missing public in policy" at the Do Din 2019 event organized by the Hyderabad Urban Lab, Hyderabad, December 21-22, 2019.

Invited public seminar titled "Urban Transport in India: Why are things the way they are, and what can we do about it?" at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, December 20.

Presentation titled "Sustainable Cities and Communities: Challenges, Prospects and Approaches" at the Conference on Engaging India and Canada: Gandhian Approach to Sustainable Development Goals, organized by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, April 29, 2019.

Invited participant in the inter-disciplinary workshop on "Approaches to Frontiers in Urban Infrastructure Research and Action", held at the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester, November 12-13, 2018.

Invited panel discussant on "Urban Mobility and Public Transit in the Global South", at the XVI International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, held at Concordia University, October 24-27, 2018.

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

Poster presentation titled “Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Funding: Long-term Impacts”, with Christian Krelling, 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.

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.

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.

Invited seminar titled “Urban Transport and other Urban Infrastructure and Services in India: A Policy-Relevant Research Agenda” 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.

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