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Douglas Webster

Douglas.Webster@asu.edu

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Bio

Professor, Global Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley

Bio

Douglas Webster is Chair of the Global Studies Program in the School of Politics and Global Studies; as well as being Professor in the Schools of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning and Sustainability. He has worked on urban development issues in East Asia for twenty-five years, as well as in Latin America and Africa; hence, his enthusiasm for Global Studies.

Professor Webster's current interests are comparative urban dynamics, urban competitiveness and resilience, peri-urbanization (most urban development is occurring on the fringes of cities worldwide), and urban governance. Geographically, his work primarily focuses on East Asia. For example, he is involved in researching urban scale adaptation to cope with climate change in Thailand and Vietnam. Professor Webster is currently co-authoring a book on Chinese urban futures, based on extensive field work on city building processes in China. 

Douglas' teaching responsibilities at ASU include: Global Urban Systems, Sustainable Urban Dynamics, Urbanization in China, and the ASU Summer Abroad Course, Thailand: Sustainable Urban Dynamics. 

Webster was a Senior Consulting Professor in the Urban Dynamics of East Asia program at the Asia Pacific Research Center of Stanford University from 1998 to 2004. He has been professor of planning at the University of British Columbia, Asian Institute of Technology, Utrecht University, and the University of Calgary. He was the senior urban advisor to the Royal Thai Government from 1993 to 1998. Early in his career, he was a staff member of the World Bank, based in Malaysia. Over the last three decades Webster has been a frequent advisor to international organizations, such as the World Bank, and to private corporations involved in city building processes and urbanization policies.  

Recent publications focus on urbanization dynamics in the context of economic shocks, post-petroleum dynamics, climate change, and accelerating globalization.  Recent articles examine adaptation to climate change in Thailand and Vietnam, global urban competitiveness ranking systems, and Bangkok as a political capital.  

As Chair, Professor Webster's agenda is to improve the effectiveness of the Global Studies Program to develop graduates who will have an understanding of global issues, e.g., climate change, pandemics, migration, that will make them important shapers of our global future, whether working in international agencies, voluntary organizations, or multi-national corporations.  

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PUP 548 Plang for Sustainb Communities
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 592 Research
PUP 792 Research
SGS 311 Urbanization in China

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SGS 310 Global Urban Systems
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
POS 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PUP 548 Plang for Sustainb Communities
SGS 311 Urbanization in China
SOS 532 Sustainable Urban Dynamics

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SGS 310 Global Urban Systems

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
POS 484 Internship
POS 494 Special Topics
POS 499 Individualized Instruction
PUP 485 Internatl Field Study-Planning
PUP 585 Int'l Field Studies Planning
SGS 484 Internship
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction
SOS 484 Internship
SOS 494 Special Topics

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SOS 799 Dissertation

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SOS 799 Dissertation

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
POS 494 Special Topics
PUP 485 Internatl Field Study-Planning
PUP 585 Int'l Field Studies Planning
SGS 484 Internship
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction
SOS 484 Internship
SOS 494 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SGS 494 Special Topics
SGS 498 Pro-Seminar
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction
SOS 532 Sustainable Urban Dynamics
SOS 590 Reading and Conference
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 799 Dissertation

Winter 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PUP 515 International Planning & Dev
SGS 310 Global Urban Systems
SGS 494 Special Topics
SGS 498 Pro-Seminar
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction
SOS 590 Reading and Conference
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
POS 494 Special Topics
PUP 485 Internatl Field Study-Planning
PUP 585 Int'l Field Studies Planning
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PUP 436 City Structure and Planning
SGS 494 Special Topics
SGS 499 Individualized Instruction
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 533 Sustainable Urban Dynamics.
SGS 310 Global Urban Systems
SOS 532 Sustainable Urban Dynamics
SOS 792 Research

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PUP 485 Internatl Field Study-Planning
PUP 598 Special Topics
SGS 484 Internship
SOS 484 Internship

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Maneepong, C., Webster, D., Chiasakul, R., Wittayarungruangsri, S (Webster 2nd author). Assessing NHA's Low-Income Housing Delivery Role in the Greater Bangkok Region. Asia Pacific Housing Journal Volume 7, 23 (2013).

  2. Webster, D., Cai, J. (Webster Lead Author). Pivoting from Quantity to Quality: A New SWuburban Community Development in China. Asia Pacific Housing Journal (2013).

  3. Yang, Z.,Cai,J., Dunford, A., Webster, D., (Webster Fourth Author). Rethinking the Relationship between Agriculture and the "Urban" Economy in Beijing: An Input-Output Approach. Technology and Economic Development (2013).

  4. Webster, D., Cai, J., Wen, T., Muller, L. (Webster lead author). Urban Systems / Regional Development Policy Implications: China's 2010 Census. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass., USA (2013).

  5. Cai, J., Yang, Z., Webster, D., Song, T., Gulbranson, A (Webster third author). Chongqing: Beyond the Latecomer Advantage. Asia Pacific Viewpoint (2012).

  6. Webster, D., Cai, J., Wen, T., Muller, L. (Webster Lead Author). A First Glance at China's 2010 Census. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass (2012).

  7. Webster, D.,. An Overdue Agenda: Systematizing East Asian Peri-Urban Research. Pacific Affairs (2011).

  8. Webster, Douglas, A. Bertaud, J. Cai, Z. Yang. Toward Efficient Urban Form in China. United Nations University Working Paper No. 2010/97 (2010).

  9. Rabe, Paul, Douglas Webster, et al. Urban Planning & Development Responses to Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation: Ho Chi Minh City. Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development and Ho Chi Minh City Peoples Committee (Published by UCLA) (2010).

  10. Webster, Douglas. Affordable Housing Delivery in Thailand: A Contextual Assessment. GH Housing Journal (2009).

  11. Review of: The Roman City and its Periphery: From Rome to Gaul. H List, (2009).

  12. Webster, Douglas and Pam McElwee. Urban Adaptation to Climate Change: Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City as Test Beds. World Bank (2009).

  13. Maneepong, Chuthatip and Douglas Webster. Governance Response to Emerging Peri-Urbanisation Issues at the Global-Local Nexus: Ayutthaya, Thailand. International Development Planning Review (2008).

  14. Douglas Webster. Exploring Urban Growth Management in Three Developing Cities. World Bank (2008).

  15. Book chapter: Douglas Webster. Incorporating New Understanding of What Constitutes Place-Based Competitiveness into Urban Competitiveness Indices. Urban Competitiveness Evaluation Systems. Yongsei University, Seoul (2008).

  16. Webster, Douglas Richard. Supporting Sustainable Development in Thailand: A Geographic Clusters Approach. World Bank Washington (2006).

  17. Webster, Douglas Richard, Cai, Jianming, Maneepong, Chuthatip. Metropolitan Governance in China: Priorities for Action in the Context of Chinese Urban Dynamics and International Experience. World Bank Washington (2006).

  18. Webster, Douglas Richard, Muller, L. City Development Strategies: Driving Urban Performance. United Nations (Cities Alliance) (2006).

  19. A Schneider, K Seto, Douglas Webster. Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Urban Land Use Change in Chengdu , China, Using Remote Sensing and Landscape Metrics. Environment and Planning B, 2005 (2005).

  20. Douglas Webster, A Schneider, K Seto. Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Urban Land Use Change in Chengdu , China, Using Remote Sensing and Landscape Metrics. Environment and Planning B (2005).

  21. Book chapter: Webster, Douglas Richard (Author) . Urbanization: new drivers, new outcomes. Thailand Beyond the Crisis. Routledge (2005).

  22. Book chapter: Webster, Douglas Richard (Author) ,Theeratham, P (Author) . Policy Coordination, Planning and Infrastructure Provision: A Case Study of Thailand. Connecting East Asia: A New Framework for Infrastructure. Asia Development Bank, Japanese Bank of International Cooperation, World Bank (2005).

  23. Webster, Douglas Richard, Muller, Larissa. Global Peri-urbanization. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. UNESCO (2004).

  24. Douglas Webster. East Asian Urbanization: A Bird's Eye View. Stedebouw & Ruimtelijke Ordening (2004).

  25. Book chapter: Thailand Beyond the Crisis. Routledge (2004).

  26. Book chapter: World Cities Beyond the West. Cambridge University Press (2004).

  27. Book chapter: Megacities Atlas: The European Space Agency's Contribution to a Better Understanding of a Global Challenge. Geospace (2001).

  28. Webster, Douglas Richard. Financing City Building: The Bangkok Case, Monograph. Stanford University (2000).

  29. Book chapter: Global City Regions. Routledge (2000).

  30. Book chapter: Localization in an Era of Globalization. Oxford Press(for World Bank) (2000).

  31. Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development. New Paradigms of Housing and Urban Development in Thailand. Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development, University of Southern California, USA

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Presentations

  1. Webster, Douglas The Greater Mekong Subregion's Urban System: Is There Value in Formalizing an urban System Covering Six Countries. Global Urbanization: Challenges & Prospects (Regional Studies Asociation. (Dec 2013).
  2. Webster, D., Cai, J., Muller, L. (Webster Lead Author) The New Face of Peri-Urbanization in East Asia. Annual Conference of Urban Affairs Association. (Mar 2013).
  3. Webster, Douglas Revisiting Thailand’s Economic & Geographic Clusters after the 2006-2009 Economic & Political Shocks: Winners & Losers in the Spatial Economy. WCAAS (Western Conference Asian Studies). (Oct 2009).
  4. Webster, Douglas Buddhism and Hinduism in Society. Western Asian Studies Association (WCAAS). (Oct 2009).
  5. Muller, Larissa and Douglas Webster Spatial Planning and Development in China. Association of European Schools of Planning. (Jul 2009).
  6. Douglas Webster Presentation on, "Incorporating New Understanding of What Constitutes Place-Based Competitiveness into Urban Competitiveness Indices". International Symposium on "Urban Competitiveness Evaluation Systems, Seoul, South Korea. (Nov 2008).
  7. Douglas Webster Speech on, "Toward Efficient Urban Form in China". United Nations Workshop on Asian Development in and Urbanizing World, Kolkata, India. (Nov 2008).
  8. Douglas Webster Speech on: "Exploring Urban Growth Management in Developing Countries". Invited Speech: World Bank, Washington. (Mar 2008).
  9. Douglas Webster Speech on, "Opportunities for Enhanced Urban Land Use Efficiency in China". Invited Guest Lecture: Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm. (Jan 2008).
  10. Douglas Webster New Urban Forms in Chinese Metropolitan Development. Invited Guest Lecture: Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm. (Jan 2008).
  11. Webster, Douglas Shaping Metropolitan / Megapolitan Regions in China. Workshop: Joint Center for Urban Sustainability. (Dec 2006).
  12. Webster, Douglas Thailands Tenth Plan Happiness Development Strategy: Is it Sustainable?. King Mongkhut - ASU Workshop on: The Missing Links in Sustainability (Bangkok). (Jun 2006).
  13. Webster, Douglas Toward Global Sustainable Landscapes: Ecology, Urban Planning and City Building. NSF/USGS/USFS Urban Ecology Workshop to Develop a Strategy for Advancing Urban Ecology. (Jun 2006).
  14. Webster, Douglas Thailand's Emerging New Economy: Lagging Regions or Rural Marginalization. Guest Speaker: World Bank Lunch Speakers Series. (May 2006).
  15. Webster, Douglas Extended Urbanization in China and Southeast Asia: A City Building Perspective. US NRC (Scope) Workshop on Extended Settlement Effects: Drivers, Impacts & Opportunities. (Feb 2006).
  16. Webster, Douglas Effective Urban Strategizing in 21st Century East Asia. Asia Pacific Summit of Cities. (Oct 2005).
  17. Webster, Douglas Urban Development Strategies: What Next?. Guest Speaker: World Bank Lunch Speakers Series. (Sep 2005).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Webster,Douglas Richard * . The Land Efficiency Gap in China's Extended Urban Regions: The Case of the Beijing-Tianjin-Binhai Megapolis. LINCOLN INST OF LAND POL (3/11/2010 - 6/30/2011).

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Service

  1. Bangkok Real Estate Agency, Speech at Conference on United States Real Estate Development (2009 - present)
  2. Ruang / Space (Indonesian Planning Journal), Editorial Board (2013 - 2015)
  3. Journal of Urban Management, Editorial Board (2010 - 2015)
  4. Baan Saraan Home Owners Association, Chairman (2013 - 2014)
  5. Sands McCormick Home Owners Association, Scottsdale, AZ, Board Member (2013 - 2014)
  6. Search Committee, SPAGS, Member (2013)
  7. Advisory Committee, SPAGS, Member (2013)
  8. Graduate Committee SPAGS, Involved Only in Global Studies Masters (2013)
  9. International Regional Science Review, Reviewer (2013)
  10. Journal of Urbanism, Reviewer (2013)
  11. Land Use Policy, Reviewer (2013)
  12. Routledge Book Reviewer, Reviewer (2013)
  13. Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development, Lead Organizer of PRCUD Forum on National Housing Policy in Thailand held in Bangkok Thailand (2013)
  14. Search Committee, Chair (2010)
  15. Executive Committee, East Asia Major, CLAS, Member Executive Committee (2010)
  16. Global Studies Consortium (Global Association of Global Studies Program), Member (2010)
  17. Global Studies Program, Head of Faculty (2010)
  18. International Development Planning Review, Referee (2010)
  19. International Regional Science Review, Referee (2010)
  20. Journal of Urban Affairs, Referee (2010)
  21. Journal of Urban Management, Editorial Board (2010)
  22. Journal of Urbanism, Referee (2010)
  23. PhD Committee, Urban Planning Program, Member (2010)
  24. Sands McCormick Home Owners Association, Board Member (2010)
  25. School of Politics and Global Studies: Planning and Leadership Committee, Member (2010)
  26. Pacific Rim Urban Development Council, Volunteer in Ho Chi Minh City: Climate Change Adaptation (2010)
  27. Global Studies Program, Head of Faculty (2009)
  28. National Housing Authority of Thailand, Pro Bono Advice (2009)
  29. Executive Committee: East Asia Major CLAS, Member of Executive Committee (2009)
  30. Geopolitics, Referee (2009)
  31. International Development Planning Review, Referee (2009)
  32. Sapiens, Referee (2009)
  33. Space, Editorial Board (2009)
  34. Urban Studies, Referee (2009)
  35. Steering Committee: Amalgamation of SGS and POS, Represent School of Global Studies (2008 - 2009)
  36. Design of Applied Masters Program: School of Sustainability, Committee Member (2008 - 2009)
  37. Graduate Program Committee: Global Studies, Chairperson (2008 - 2009)
  38. Member, University Senate, Represent School of Global Studies (2008 - 2009)
  39. Personnel Committee: University Senate, Representive of University Senate (2008 - 2009)
  40. Executive Committee: Center for Asian Research, Member of Executive Committee (2007 - 2009)

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