Diane Davis

Diane Davis

Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism
Area Head, Risk and Resilience MDes Area Group
Diane Davis

    Research Interests

    Professor Davis's research focuses on the politics of urbanization in cities of the global south, with a special emphasis on the role that politics and governance play in establishing the social and spatial structure of rapidly growing cities and their sustainability challenges. Prior research explored these themes through a focus on transport policy innovations. More recent research focuses on sustainability at the regional scale, including the impacts of drought and water scarcities on the relations between agriculture and industry, with a particular emphasis on smaller towns that straddle the rural-urban divide. The latter project is funded by the UK government and focuses on Apan, Mexico.

    Related Publications

    “Beyond Health and Hygiene: The Governance Crisis and Responses to the Pandemic.” In Fernando Carrion (ed.), Ciudad y Coronavirus: Una Vision Global. Ecuador: FLACSO, forthcoming. (2021)

    “Reducing Vulnerabilities through Urban Design: Strategic and Tactical Interventions for Generating Resilience in Communities at Risk.” Pp.387-398 in Tridip Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (eds.) The New Companion to Urban Design. London and New York: Routledge. (2019)

    “Metropolitan Coordination and the Housing-Transport Nexus.” Metropolitan Governance in Latin America. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank. (2019)

    “New Mobility Paradigms and the Equity Question.” In Mohsen Mostafavi, Gareth Doherty, Marina Correia, Ana María Durán Calisto y Luis Valenzuela (eds.), Ecological Urbanism in Latin America/ Urbanismo Ecologico en America Latina. Gustavo Gili Publishers. (2019)

    "Expanding the Scope of Sustainability Planning: Lessons from Stockholm’s Congestion Charging Policy" (with Amy Rader Olsson). Urban Planning (Volume 2, Issue 4): 81-92. (2017)

    "Citizen Participation, Political and Economic Transition, and Urban Mega-project Development in a Global City: Lessons from Mexico City's Airport Controversy" (with Onesimo Flores Dewey), Journal of Urban Affairs, in press. (2014)

    "The Physicality of Citizenship: The Built Environmental Foundations of Insurgent Urbanism in Cities around the Globe (with Prassanna Raman), in CRIOS: Critica degla Ordinamenti Spaziali, Rome. (2013)

    "The Physicality of Citizenship: The Built Environmental and Insurgent Urbanism" (with Prassana Raman) in Thresholds 41. (2013)


    Contact Information

    Gund Hall, Room 312A

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