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Amrita Daniere

Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute




100 St. George Street, Room 5063


Professor Amrita Daniere is a full professor of Geography and Planning. She served as Co-Director of the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (which is funded through the IPaSS program, a cooperative initiative of SSHRC and IDRC). In March 2016, she was appointed Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean at U of T Mississauga for five years (2016-2021). Amrita has worked for over 20 years on issues related to infrastructure provision, urban environmental issues and community governance in Southeast Asian cities including Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. The current research project involves bringing together scholars and city builders from across North America and Southeast Asia to study how to better plan for urban climate change impacts, particularly in the rapidly growing secondary cities of Asia. Amrita holds a PhD in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

research interests

Urban water planning including distribution, treatment and flood protection
Collective action and trust in slum communities
Infrastructure in developing countries
Community participation in urban planning
Environmental management
Southeast Asia


Ph.D., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
A.B. magna cum laude, Dartmouth College

awards and distinctions

University of Toronto at Mississauga Green Ribbon Award 2013.
Outstanding Service Award for Scholars at Risk/Institute of International Education 2013.
University of Toronto at Mississauga Dean’s Merit Award 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Excellence Award 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

selected publications

Daniere A., Berquist M., and Drummond L. 2014. “Planning for Global Environmental Change in Bangkok’s Informal Settlements,” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2014.945995

Daniere A., Levkoe C., and Brail S., “Engaged pedagogy and transformative learning in graduate education: a service learning case study,” Canadian Journal of Higher Education 44 (3), 2014, 68-85.

Daniere A. and Hy Van Luong. 2012. Vibrant societies and social capital in Asia,” in Amrita Daniere and Van Luong H. (eds.), The Dynamics of Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Asia, Routledge (Taylor and Francis, Ltd.), London, UK, 1-24.

Daniere A. and Van Luong H. eds. 2012. The Dynamics of Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Asia, Routledge (Taylor and Francis, Ltd.), London, UK.

Daniere A. and Douglas M. eds. 2008. The Politics of Civic Space in Asia: Building Urban Communities, Routledge (Taylor and Francis, Ltd.), London, UK.


PLA 1105 Planning Methods II
JPG1812 Planning for Change: Community Development in Practice (with C. Levkoe)
JPG1111 Research Practice in Geography and Planning (with K. Wilson)
JPG1508 Planning with the Urban Poor in the Global South
PLA1105 Workshop in Planning Practice (with K. Rankin)
GGR 345 Environmental Issues in the Developing World
GGR277 Social Research Methods in Geography
ENV 232 Environmental Sustainability Practicum (with A. Iwaniw)

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