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Douglas Webster

Douglas Webster

Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Government, Politics, and Global Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 875102
Tempe, AZ 85287-5102


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dr. Webster's current interests are in are comparative urban dynamics, peri-urbanization, and urban management in East Asia. In addition to his academic work, he advises the World Bank on East Asian urbanization and on the private-sector developer's perspective. He works with the Shui On Corporation to develop innovative and city-transforming projects across China, frequently incorporating heritage resources and designs that fuse a myriad of global influences. Dr. Webster is a frequent advisor to East Asian Governments on urbanization; he acted as senior advisor to the Thai Government on urban policies for over a decade. He strives to develop graduates who will be adept global workers, understanding the important role that international agencies, voluntary organizations, and multi-national corporations play in shaping local economies and communities worldwide.


  • PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California - Berkeley, 1977
  • MA, Regional and Natural Resources Planning, University of Waterloo, 1971
  • BA, Economic Geography (Honors), University of Toronto, 1969


Journal Articles


Webster, D., J. Cai, L. Xie, Z. Yang and A. Gulbrandson. 2011. Urban transformation in Beijing metropolis: Implications for land use efficiency. Working paper for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy - China Program

Book Chapters


Webster, D., F. Zhang and J. Cai. 2015. China's pursuit: Smart sustainable urban environments. Pp. Chapter 17 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN: 9781465266712.

Newspaper Articles


Webster, D. 2000. Helping out with ASU project doesn't bug E. Valley students.. East Valley Tribune (May 10):.

Webster, D. 2000. Helping out with ASU project doesn�t bug E. Valley students. East Valley Tribune May 10.


Webster, D. 1999. Science Day plans to help children learn. The Tribune (January 21):.


Webster, D. 1998. Is your home in a scorpion zone?. The Tribune (Sept. 15):A1, A4.