Mike Douglass is Professor and Leader of the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore, where he teaches and does research on cities in Asia. He is Emeritus Professor and former chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawaii. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning at UCLA. He previously taught at the Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands) and at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia (U.K.). He has also been a Visiting Scholar/Professor at Thammasat University, Tokyo University, Stanford University, UCLA, and the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements. He worked for the United Nations several years and continues as consultant on urban and regional policy for international organizations and governments in Asia. Recent books include: Globalization, the Rise of Civil Society and Civic Spaces in Pacific Asia Cities; Connected Cities: Histories, Hinterlands, Hierarchies and Networks; and Building Urban Communities: The Politics of Civic Space in Asia.