Mike Douglass is Professor and Leader of the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute and Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where he teaches and does research on cities in Asia. He is Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning and former Director of the Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaii. His Ph.D. is in Urban Planning from UCLA. He has been a consultant on urban policy and planning for major international development and donor agencies as well as national and local governments in Asia. His current research on progressive cities draws from his parallel research in Asia on livable cities, sustainable development, disaster governance, globalization and the city, and civic space. His books include: Globalization, the Rise of Civil Society and Civic Spaces in Pacific Asia Cities; Building Urban Communities: The Politics of Civic Space in Asia; The Rise of Mega-Urban Regions in Pacific Asia; Connected Cities: Histories, Hinterlands, Hierarchies and Networks; and Disaster Governance: The Urban Transition in Asia.