Amrita Daniere

263S 1 Devonshire Place Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
(416) 978 - 3236


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Informal settlements in cities of the Global South; Urban climate change resilience; water, housing and sanitation in megacities with a particular interest in Southeast Asia.


Amrita has worked for over 25 years on issues related to infrastructure provision, urban environmental solutions and community governance in Southeast Asian cities including Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City as well as a few urban areas in Latin America. She most recently 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). That endeavour involved 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. In March 2016, she was appointed Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean at U of T Mississauga for five years (2016-2021).


(co-author with Rebecca McMillan and Joanna Kocsis), “Rights, justice and climate resilience: Lessons from fieldwork in urban Southeast Asia,” Environment and Urbanization: First Published August 22, 2021

(co-author with Vanessa Lamb), “Introduction “Asia’s changing cities: Water, climate and power in the transformation of urban spaces,” International Development Planning Review 42 (3) 2020: 263-272.
I co-edited this special issue of IDPR with Professor Lamb as well as invited the contributors and conceived of the project.

(co-author with Charles Levkoe and Abigail Friendly), “Community service learning in graduate planning education,” Journal of Planning Research and Education 40 (1) 2018: 92-103. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X18754318.

(co-author with Luisa Sotomayor), “The dilemmas of equity planning in the Global South: A comparative view from Bangkok and Medellín,“ Journal of Planning Research and Education 38 (3) 2017: 273-288. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X17700495.


MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
PhD in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University