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David Sadoway , Dr.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Based in

North America

My training is as an urban planner and an environmental manager. I am an appointed member of the KPU Climate+(plus)Challenge interdisciplinary collaboration. Our team works with students, staff and faculty to actualize transformative ideas on campus, in course programming and in communities related to climate justice, mitigation and adaptation.

I have also taught about climate change in the KPU Dept of Geography and the Environment and the Dept of Policy Studies. This has included: GEOG4501 Current Issues: Energy Geography; GEOG4501 Current Issues: Mobilities, Livability & Climate Change; POST2140 CityLab: (Re)Designing the City for Climate Justice; and ARTS1100 The Climate Emergency, Me & The World.

Prior to coming to KPU, I lived and worked in Asia for over 15 years. I was a Research Fellow and teacher at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2015-17), where I was involved in research on soundscapes and noise impacts on urban quality of life and livability. Before that I was a Postdoc Fellow and teacher at Concordia University (Montréal) (2012-14), where I studied the politics and governance of urban infrastructure in Indian cities. I have also been a visiting scholar, most recently at Norway’s Bergen University, Department of Geography (Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation) (2019); and previously at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (Topology of Technology Faculty) (2013); as well as the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India (2013); and Academia Sinica, Taiwan (Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies) (2008). My PhD work at the University of Hong Kong (2007-12) focused on civic environmentalists’ uses of information communications technologies in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei. I also have previous work experiences with the United Nations system, government, non-profits; and with urban planning consultants in Toronto and Vancouver.

Collaborating with scholars close to home and around the globe, I maintain writing and research interests in: urban (im)mobilities; community informatics and participatory science; sonic urbanism; Canadian and global carbonscapes; and decolonization methodologies. I am interested in how people around the globe are working together to address common ecological, socio-economic, technological and political dilemmas and controversies.

Country(ies) of Specialty


Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics

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Sadoway, D. (2022). Grounding perspectives on mobilities: Theory meets practice in an artist’s eyes. In P. Ballamingie & D. Szanto (Eds.), Showing Theory to Know Theory: Understanding Social Science Concepts through Illustrative Vignettes. Showing Theory Press.

Amir, S., Sadoway D., & Dommaraju, P. (2021).”Taming the noise: soundscape and livability in a technocratic city-state,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal

Sadoway, D. & Shekhar, S. (2021). “Changing infrastructure in urban India: Critical reflections on openness and trust in the governance of public services,” Chapter 6 in Eds. A. Chib, C.M. Bentley, M.L. Smith, Critical Perspectives on Open Development: Empirical Interrogation of Theory Construction. MIT Press (Open Access).

Sadoway, D., Gopakumar, G., Baindur, V., Badami M.G. (2018). “JNNURM as a window on urban governance: Its Institutional footprint, antecedents and legacy,” Economic and Political Weekly, 53:2 (Review of Urban Affairs, 13 January).

Sadoway, D. (2018). Conundrums in Comparative Urbanism. In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, A.M. Orum (Ed.). Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sadoway, D. & Gopakumar, G. (2017). “(Un)bundling Bangalore: Infrastructure bundling ‘best practices’ and assembling novel scapes,” Geoforum 79, 46-57.

Sadoway, D. (2017). Fukushima and Beyond: Nuclear Power in a Low‐Carbon World. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited. xi +  202 pages. ISBN 978‐1‐4094‐5491‐5. Christopher Hubbard. 2014. Review of Policy Research, 34:1 (Nov), 136-138.

Sadoway, D. & Shekhar, S. (2014). “(Re)prioritizing citizens in ‘smart cities’ governance: Examples of smart citizenship from India,” Journal of Community Informatics 10:3.

Horelli, L. & Sadoway, D. (2014). “Community informatics in cities: New catalysts for urban change,” Editorial, Special Issue on Urban Planning and Community Informatics, Journal of Community Informatics 10:3.

Sadoway, D. (2013). “How are ICTs transforming civic space in Singapore?: Changing civic-cyber environmentalism in the island city-state,” Journal of Creative Communications 8 (2&3), 107-138.

Sadoway, D. (2013). From associations to info-sociations : civic environmentalism and information communication technologies in three Asian tiger cities. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.

Sadoway, D. (2012). “From associations to info-sociations: The co-evolution of civic associations and ICTs in two Asian cities,” Journal of Community Informatics 8:3.

Sadoway, D. (2009). “Asian urban spatial sustainability: conservation, eco-modernization and urban wilding,” in Eds. J. Bolchover, J. D. Solomon, Sustain and Develop, 306090 Books 13, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 155-168. ISBN 9780692000885 0692000887

Sadoway, D. (2009). Bundling carbon and energy management with urban sustainability: A preliminary assessment of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei. Paper for Planning for Low Carbon Cities (22-23-May). Hong Kong Institute of Planners.