Talks

INVITED TALKS

2018

  • Seminar of the Centre for Korean Studies, Ecole des hates études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, 13 April
  • Seminar and Workshop organised by a research group for the Olympic Games and Urban Change, Toyo University, Tokyo, 22-26 March
  • SEAC Research Seminar, Southeast Asia Centre, LSE, 20 February

2017

  • The Seventh Transnational Futurological Symposium on Free Cultural Spaces, 12-14 October, ADM in Amsterdam [Declined]
  • IJURR Keynote Lecture: Gentrification and the Post-Socialist City, 7th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference: A view on cities from elsewhere, Kyiv, Ukraine, 26 September
  • Workshop: Smart Cities, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 17-19 August [declined]
  • Workshop: Neoliberalism in Housing Regimes from a Comparative Perspective, Warwick University, 14 June [Cancelled]
  • Discussant, CSK Book Workshop, University of Toronto, 19 March, Toronto
  • Panelist, Session on the Decline of Democracy in South Korea, 2017 LSE SU Korea Future Forum, LSE, 4 February, London
  • “Urbanisation of capital and dispossession of rights”, Conference on China’s Stability at Risk: Economic, Social and Environmental Challenges, Centre for Asian Studies, IFRI-Paris, 26 January, Paris

2016

  • “Planetary Gentrification: What it means for East Asia”, Globalisation, Urbanisation and Identity Series, Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, 14 November, London
  • Keynote: “The Political Economy of Speculative Urbanisation in East Asia”, Symposium on Speculative Urbanization in East Asia, Asian Institute, University of Toronto, 2 November, Toronto
  • Discussant, Book manuscript workshop: City Dreams: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place, University of Texas at Austin, 29 October, Austin, Texas
  • “Speculative urbanisation, Dispossession and Gentrification”, Kosmos-Workshop: Universal Gentrification? Conceptual Challenges of Comparative Urbanism, Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 13-15 October, Berlin
  • Keynote: Utopian Urban Futures: Histories, Imaginations, Possibilities Conference, University of Leeds, 27-28 June, Leeds
  • “Speculative urbanisation, gentrification and the right to the city”, Symposium on City of Hope, The Seoul Institute, 23-24 June, Seoul
  • “Envisioned by the state: Entrepreneurial urbanism and the making of Songdo City, South Korea”, Conference on Global Cities and Urban Studies: Korea in Comparative Perspective, Central European University, 16-18 June, Budapest
  • “Reconceptualising the urban: China’s urbanisation and its implications for global urban studies on Gentrification”, Workshop: From Chicago to Shenzhen: The City One Hundred Years On, City University of Hong Kong, 6-7 June, Hong Kong
  • “Urban accumulation and the ‘culture of property’: Beyond the authoritarian nature of the state in China”, Workshop: Decoding the Urban – Engaging with Current Debates on Urban Processes in India and China. CEIAS-CNRS, EHESS, 11-12 May, Paris
  • Workshop: Changing values/ideas/ethics in China, Department of Anthropology, LSE, 10 May, London
  • Guest Lectures: Gran Sasso Science Institute, 18-21 April, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Panelist, Session on “Comparative Regional Issues in the Dynamics of Geopolitics and Migration”, African Leadership Centre’s 2016 MSc Student Conference on Leadership: Migration and Geopolitics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, King’s College London, 18 February, London
  • “Developmental urbanisation and the genealogy of urban rights in South Korea”, Centre of Korean Studies seminar programme, SOAS, 26 February, London

2015

  • “Property before people? Urban regeneration, gentrification and displacement”, International Seminar on Suwon’s Strategies for Leading the Future, Suwon Research Institute, 16 December, Suwon, South Korea
  • “Remaking cities without gentrification”, Gyeongbuk University, 10 December, Daegu, South Korea
  • “China meets Korea: The Asian Games, entrepreneurial local states and debt-driven development”, SNUAC Visiting Scholars Brown Bag Seminar Series, Asia Center, Seoul National University, 2 December, Seoul
  • “Economic transition and speculative urbanization in China: Gentrification versus dispossession”, mini-Conference on Gentrification in the Context of East Asian Developmental Urbanization, Asia Center, Seoul National University, 21 October, Seoul
  • ”Progressive Cities and the Genealogy of Urban Rights”, Seoul as a Model of Progressive City conference, The Seoul Institute, 15-16 October, Seoul
  • Workshop: ‘More than Just a Game: Mobilities, Infrastructures and Imaginaries of Global Sports Event’, University of Leuven, 8-9 October, Leuven, Belgium [Declined]
  • Keynote: “Learning from Urban China”, at ‘Placing Culture in Urban China’ Workshop, University College London, 2 July, London
  • ”Speculative Urbanisation and the Politics of Displacement”, Roundtable: Geopolitical Economies of Development and Democracy, University of British Columbia, 27-29 May, Vancouver
  • Keynote: ”Speculative Urbanisation and the Politics of Displacement”, the East Asian Conference on Housing Welfare, The Seoul Institute, 14-16 May, Seoul
  • Keynote: “The Political Economy of Speculative Urbanisation in East Asia”, the International Conference on Urban challenges in the XXI Century, Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 4-8 May, Mexico City
  • Guest Lecture: “Mega-projects and Urban Development”, Special Events for MSc Local Economic Development students, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, 20 March, London
  • “Whither Speculative Urbanisation? Asian Urban Futures in the (coming) Age of De-Growth”, The Speculative City: Emergent Forms of the Built Environment, An Interdisciplinary Symposium at The University of Hong Kong, 6-7 March, Hong Kong
  • “Rethinking the Urban and Urban Centrality”, Defining the Urban workshop, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, 9 February, Manchester

2014

  • “Is China gentrifying? Economic transition, speculative urbanisation and accumulation by dispossession”, China Planning Research Group seminar, University College London, 12 November, London
  • Discussant, Workshop: Grassroots Implementation of Planning and Policy: Residents’ Involvement and Indifference in Chinese Cities, organised by Prof Stephan Feuchtwang, Department of Anthropology, LSE, 25-26 September
  • “Contesting speculative urbanisation and strategising discontents”, The City at a Time of Crisis: Tracing and researching crisis-ridden urban public spaces in Athens, Greece, 9-10 May, Athens
  • “Is China gentrifying? Economic transition, speculative urbanism and accumulation by dispossession”, School of Geography seminar, University of Leeds, 12 February, Leeds
  • Discussant, the Urban Uncertainties workshop, Shifting ground: The precarity of land on the urban periphery, LSE Cities, 30 January, London

2013

  • Discussant, Debating Planetary Urbanisation Symposium, Department of Geography, UCL, 13 December, London
  • “Local Government Entrepreneurship and State Developmentalism in China”, International Workshop on Local Government Entrepreneurship in China: Dynamics, Achievement and Risks, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (co-hosted with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore), 25-26 October, Beijing
  • Panelist, Tribute to Neil Smith session organised by Tom Slater (Edinburgh), RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 28 August, London
  • “Developmental State with Gangnam Style: Land Dispossession and Capital Accumulation in a Late Industrialisation Context” (with Jung Won Sonn, UCL), International Workshop on Re-locating East Asian developmental states in their transnational and local contexts, Seoul National University Asia Center, 22-23 August, Seoul
  • Public Lecture, “China’s speculative urbanism and the discontents” at the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, 14 August, Beijing
  • Guest Lecture: Helsinki Summer School: The Welfare City, University of Helsinki, 8-9 August
  • “Urban Transformation in China: the Right to the City and Critical Reflections on China’s Property Rights Activism”, China Planning Research Symposium, China Planning Research Group, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, London, 31 May
  • Discussant, the Workshop on Economic Inter-dependence and Comparative Regional Dynamics in Developed and Developing Economies: Trade and Regional Trajectories in China and the EU, University of Sussex, 16-17 May, Brighton

2012

  • “Provincialising theory and comparative urban studies”, BICC Workshop on New Directions in Urban Chinese Studies, Centre of Urban History, University of Leicester, 17 December, Leicester
  • 5th Local Economic Development Forum on Prospects and Constraints for Local Economic Development, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, 10 March, London

2011

  • “Entrepreneurial State and East Asian Urbanism: State Mediation in Property Rights Transfer through Compulsory Purchase’, The International Conference on Regional and Urban Development in the 21st century and the Lingnan Forum, Sun Yat-sen University, 17-18 December, Guangzhou, China

2010

  • Plenary: “The Rise of China Inc. and the Neoliberal Urbanisation”, International Symposium on Entering the Century of Cities, Osaka City University, 15 December, Osaka, Japan
  • “Mega-events and Urban Spatial Restructuring”, Research Seminar Series, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, 17 November, London
  • “New Dynamics in Neighbourhood and City Change: Asian Experiences” (8 November) and “Understanding Urban Renewal Processes and Gentrification under (Post-)Developmental State in South Korea” (12 November), Faculty of Architecture, Universidad de Chile, 8/12 November, Santiago, Chile
  • “Neoliberal Urbanisation and East Asian Cities”, Research Seminar Series, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, 22 September, Hong Kong
  • “Olympic Cities and Event-driven Urban Development”, School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, 15 September, Guangzhou, China
  • “Olympic Cities and Mega-event Politics in Developing Countries”, School of Urban Planning and Geography, Sun Yat-sen University, 13 and 20 September, Guangzhou, China
  • “Property-led urban regeneration and challenges to urban conservation in Chinese cities”, CCS Workshop, Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University, 2 June, Osaka, Japan
  • “Urban conservation and revalorisation of dilapidated historic quarters: the case of Nanluoguxiang in Beijing”, China Planning Research Group (CPRG) Seminar Series, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, 27 January, London

2009

  • “Urban redevelopment and gentrification in Seoul: physical determinism versus social lives”, Public lecture at The Centre of Urban Planning & Research, Guangzhou Planning Institute, 12 May, Guangzhou, China
  • “City Marketing and Place Promotion in East Asia: the Case of Beijing Summer Olympiad”, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol, 16 March, Bristol
  • “Beijing Olympic Games and the survival of ‘urban villagers’”, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds, 11 March, Leeds
  • “Mega-events in China: Social Implications for Local Residents”, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, 10 March, London

2008

  • “Privatising the ‘public’: Land expropriation and the poverty of community participation in urban development”, International Seminar on Urban Administration or Governance – A China-Europe Dialogue, hosted by the People’s University of China and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 4-5 December, Beijing
  • “China’s ‘Go West’ policy and urban regeneration: the case of Xining in Qinghai province”, Urban Research Centre Seminar, LSE, 28 October, London
  • “‘Playing by the rules’: How to reach international audience”, Postgraduate Seminar at Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 25 September, Lanzhou, China
  • “Empowerment or Marginalisation: Property Rights Reform and Urban Poor Residents”, International Workshop on Comparative Urban Marginalization and Poverty Studies’, Urban China Research Centre, Cardiff University, 12-13 June, Cardiff
  • “Reviving Shrinking Communities and Mega-event Hosting in South Korea: A Review of Recent Experiences”, International Symposium on Japan’s Shrinking Regions, University of Sheffield, 3-5 July, Sheffield

2007

  • International Symposium on ‘Livelihoods, Mobility and Development: The Chinese Experiences’, hosted by the National Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Leeds, 30 November, Leeds
  • Workshop | ‘City B/lights: Narratives of Historical Representation and Physical Regeneration’, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol, 28 February, Bristol

2004

  • “Slum redevelopment and public-private-community partnership: the changing neighbourhoods in Seoul and Beijing”, ASEF-Alliance Annual Asia-Europe Workshop Series 2003/04, 12-14 July, Beijing
  • “Developmental coalition and urban redevelopment of inner city residential areas, with reference to Beijing and Seoul”, STICERD Work in Progress Seminar, LSE, 16 June, London

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2017

  • “In the shadow of state-led gentrification: The commercialisation of residential properties in Seoul” (with Yoon-ai Han and Soohyun Shin), 5th Housing Welfare Conference, Jeonju, 9 November
  • “Linguistic fluidity of ‘gentrification’: How the concept travels with friction”, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 16-19 March, Toronto
  • “Linguistic fluidity of ‘gentrification’: How the concept travels with friction”, The 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference, 26-28 June, Paris

2016

  • “Developmental urbanisation and the genealogy of urban rights in South Korea” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 29 March – 2 April, San Francisco

2015

  • “East Asian Speculative Urbanisation and the Politics of Displacement through Consent and Coercion”, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 21-25 April, Chicago
  • Panelist,  Session on Korean development politics: Past, present, and future organised by Jamie Doucette, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 21-25 April, Chicago

2014

  • “Urban Spatial Restructuring, Event-led Development and Scalar Politics”, 2nd International Conference on Mega-events and the City, 27-30 April, Rio de Janeiro

2013

  • “City, Aesthetics of Resistance and Screen Media in South Korea” (with Taey Iohe), Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture, SOAS, 31 May – 1 June, London
  • “Gentrification, Globalisation and the Post-colonial Challenge” (with Loretta Lees and Ernesto López-Morales), Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 9-13 April, Los Angeles
  • Discussant, Session on Defining the housing question in East Asia’s post-crisis housing boom, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 9-13 April, Los Angeles

2011

  • “‘Construction state’, developmentalism and neoliberal state: the case of Japan and South Korea” (with Yosuke Hirayama), Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research Conference, The University of Hong Kong, 8–10 December, Hong Kong
  • “How ‘Post-Socialist’ is Urban China?”, 4th International Workshop on Post-communist Urban Geographies, “Space, Culture and Transition in Post-socialist Cities”, 14–17 September, Bucharest, Romania
  • “Critical Reflections on Property Rights Activism in China’s Urban Redevelopment Contexts”, 6th International Conference of Critical Geography, “Crisis – Causes, Dimensions, Reactions”, The Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, 16–20 August, Frankfurt
  • “Urban neoliberalism in the Antipodes? Towards a comparative case-study analysis on state, market agents, and property-led urban redevelopment in South Korea and Chile” (with Ernesto López-Morales), RC21 Conference, University of Amsterdam, 7–9 July, Amsterdam
  • “Globalising Localism and Urban Legacy of Mega-events: the Case of 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in China”, 2nd International Conference on China’s Urban Transition and City Planning, University of Cardiff, 27–28 May, Cardiff
  • “Privatisation of ‘public interests’: State power and expropriation of private properties in East Asian urbanisation”, An International Workshop on Urban Utopianism, Hong Kong Baptist University, 12–14 May, Hong Kong

2010

  • “Urban Spatial Restructuring, Dilapidated Neighbourhood and Mega-events: the Case of 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in China”, International Conference on Mega-events and the City, 27-30 November, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • “Neoliberal Urbanisation and East Asian Cities”, Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research Conference, August 2010, Beijing
  • “Using Social Software Tools for Teaching ‘Cities and Social Change’”, LSE Teaching Day 2010, 18 May, London

2009

  • “‘Urban Guerillas’ – Displacees and their fight against forced eviction”, International Workshop on Urban Redevelopment in East Asian Cities: The People’s  Approach, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, 7-9 May, Hong Kong
  • “Mega-events and housing: the survival of ‘urban villagers’ in Beijing”, International Symposium on Housing Affordability and Market Stability. Tsinghua University, 24-27 March, Beijing

2008

  • “‘New Dreams’ in despair? Local growth strategies and city marketing in South Korea”, 5th East Asian Regional Conferences in Alternative Geography, Seoul National University, 13-16 December, Seoul

2007

  • “Living in the Shadow of the Olympic Games: the issue of housing security in Beijing”, Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research Conference, 30 August – 1 September, Seoul
  • “Becoming ‘entrepreneurial’: Local growth coalition in Beijing’s urban redevelopment’, International Conference on China’s Urban Transition and City Planning, University of Cardiff, 29-30 June, Cardiff

2006

  • “Revanchism in Beijing?”, Revenge and Renewal: Revanchist Urbanism and City Transformation Conference, University of Newcastle,10-11 August, Newcastle

2005

  • “‘Catching the very last train’: Homeownership and residential redevelopment in Beijing”, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 31 August – 2 September, London
  • “‘Catching the very last train’: Homeownership and residential redevelopment in Beijing”, The 2nd East Asian Social Policy Conference, University of Kent, 30 June – 2 July, Canterbury, Kent

2004

  • “Urban regeneration and tripartite market bias: Impacts upon low-income residents”, 30th Congress of the International Geographical Union, 15-20 August, Glasgow
  • “Housing and urban regeneration: Meeting the need of the urban poor in old residential areas”, Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research Conference, The University of Hong Kong, 5-6 February, Hong Kong

2003

  • “Urban housing and regeneration in Beijing – Experiences of the poor”, China Postgraduate Network (CPN) Annual Seminar, University of Westminster, 28 November, London
  • “‘Tripod with a broken leg’: questioning legitimacy of slum regeneration, with reference to a case area in Seoul, South Korea”, International Conference of the European Network of Housing Research, 26-28 May, Tirana, Albania