I am Professor of Geography and Urban Studies and have been teaching at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since 2008. I also direct the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at LSE. 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 cities in Asian countries such as South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore. My recent projects on ‘circulating urbanism and (Asian) capital’ have also brought him to work on Quito, Manila, Iskandar Malaysia, Kuwait City and London.
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). I have professional work experiences in mechanical engineering and project management and urban planning, having worked for a leading construction firm in South Korea before my graduate studies.
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