Ph.D. – Urban Planning – University of California, Berkeley – 1992
M.A. – Urban Planning – University of California, Berkeley – 1988
M. Architecture – University of California, Berkeley – 1986
B.Sc. – Architectural Design – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 1979
Dr. Michael Leaf is the former Director of the Centre for Southeast Asia Research (CSEAR) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, an Associate Professor in the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and a Research Associate of the UBC Centre for Human Settlements (CHS).
The focus of his research and teaching has been on urbanization and planning in cities of developing countries, with particular interest in Asian cities. Since his original doctoral research on land development in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dr. Leaf has been extensively involved in urbanization research and capacity building projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Sri Lanka. The courses he teaches at SCARP cover the theory and practice of development planning and the social, institutional and environmental aspects of urbanization in developing countries.