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Takahashi, Lois

Professor Takahashi's research focuses on social service delivery, HIV prevention, and homelessness in the U.S., and on environmental governance issues in Southeast Asian cities. She is currently investigating the dynamics of social capital, especially related to health in impoverished and marginalized communities. Ongoing projects include a grant from UC California HIV Research Program (with Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, APAIT) to study HIV/viral hepatitis co-infection among Asians living in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Her work on social service delivery has explored access to medical and human services for homeless populations and persons living with HIV/AIDS, collaboration among community-based social service providers, and community opposition to controversial human service facilities (the NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard - syndrome). Her environmental governance research (with her collaborators Amrita Daniere and Jeffrey Carpenter) has investigated the role of low-income residents and non-governmental organizations in environmental management and policy making in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Dr. Takahashi is a member of the Inter-University Consortium on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Geographers Network on Politics in America - groups working to educate policymakers and service providers about poverty, homelessness, and broader social issues. She also served as a voting member of the Ryan White CARE Act Local Planning Group for Orange County (the HIV Planning Advisory Council) from 1998-1999, was a voting member of Orange County's HIV Prevention Planning Committee (1995-2000), and is a founding member of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander HIV Task Force.

Selected books

Takahashi, Lois M. 1998. Homelessness, AIDS, and Stigmatization: The NIMBY Syndrome at the End of the Twentieth Century. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Daniere, Amrita and Lois M. Takahashi. 2002. Rethinking Environmental Management in the Pacific Rim: Exploring Local Participation in Bangkok, Thailand. London: Ashgate Publishing.

Selected refereed articles

Takahashi, Lois M. and Gayla Smutny. 1998. “Community Planning for HIV/AIDS Prevention in Orange County, California.” Journal of the American Planning Association 64(4): 441-456.

Takahashi, Lois M. and Gayla Smutny. 2001. “Collaboration Among Small Community-Based Organizations: Strategies and Challenges in Turbulent Environments.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 21: 141-153.

Takahashi, Lois M., Douglas Wiebe, and Rigoberto Rodriguez. 2001. "Navigating the Time-Space Context of HIV and AIDS: Daily Routines and Access to Care." Social Science and Medicine 53(7): 845-863.

Takahashi, Lois M. and Gayla Smutny. 2002. “Collaborative Windows and Organizational Governance: Exploring the Formation and Demise of Social Service Partnerships.” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly 31(2): 165-185.

Daniere, Amrita, Lois M. Takahashi, and Anchana NaRanong. 2002. “Social Capital, Networks and Community Environments in Bangkok, Thailand.” Growth and Change 33(4): 453-484.

Carpenter, Jeffrey, Amrita Daniere, and Lois M. Takahashi. 2004. “Social Capital and Trust in Southeast Asian Cities.” Urban Studies 41(4): 853-874.

Takahashi, Lois M., Michelle Magalong, Paula DeBell, and Angela Fasudhani. 2006. “HIV and AIDS in Suburban Asian and Pacific Islander Communities: Factors influencing self-efficacy in HIV risk reduction.” AIDS Education and Prevention 18(6): 529-545.

Takahashi, Lois M., Jury Candelario, Tim Young, and Elizabeth Mediano. 2007. “Building capacity for HIV/AIDS prevention among Asian Pacific Islander Organizations.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 13(Suppl): S55-S63.

Takahashi, Lois M. 2007. “What will motivate leaders to “Keep the Promise”?: Thoughts on appropriate, adequate, and accessible HIV/AIDS services.” Indian Journal of Medical Research 126(6): 497-499.

Takahashi, Lois M. and Michelle G. Magalong. 2008. “Disruptive Social Capital: (Un)Healthy Socio-Spatial Interactions Among Filipino Men Living with HIV/AIDS.” Health & Place 14: 182-197.


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