Hyun Bang Shin

E-mail: h.b.shin [at]

I am Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, and have been in the Department of Geography and Environment since 2008.
My research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, gentrification, housing, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles, with particular attention to Asian cities.
I have recently published an edited volume Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015) and a monograph Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016), all part of collaboration with Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Ernesto López-Morales (University of Chile). The publication of these books emanated from a series of workshops Towards an Emerging Geography of Gentrification in the Global South in 2012, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. My other on-going book projects include a monograph Making China Urban (Routledge), and a co-edited volume Contesting Urban Space in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan).
I serve the journal CITY as a senior editor, am a board member (trustee) of the Urban Studies Foundation, and sit on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and on the editorial board of the journals City, Culture and Society, Space and Environment (공간과 사회) and China City Planning Review. I am also an organiser of the Urban Salon, an interdisciplinary London-based seminar series.

I was awarded BSc from Seoul National University in 1994, worked in the construction sector for six years before arriving at the LSE to pursue MSc (2000) and PhD (2006), and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds (2007-2008).


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