PhD Success

I haven’t had a moment to put together PhD success of my former doctoral students. Here is a summary of those celebratory memories in recent years, together with my wholehearted congratulations to all of them and best wishes to their career. The oral examinations in 2020 under COVID-19 constraints were particularly challenging, as they had […]

Book Launch, “On the Margins of Urban South Kore: Core Location as Method and Praxis”, 25-Sep-2020

This new edited volume entitled ‘On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis’ is an important volume that is interdisciplinary and adventurous while critical and insightful. It brings together colleagues who have been working on urban Korea from various disciplinary perspectives, and makes a great contribution to the on-going efforts […]

Tokyo 2020 and COVID19

I have come across with this news today, which reports on the IOC’s consideration of postponing the Tokyo 2020. Such spectacles as Olympic Games entail a sense of ‘state of emergency’, leading to the suspension of normal planing processes and diversion of investment in necessary social and physical infrastructure for the poor and the marginalised. […]

New Annals AAG paper published

Happy to see the final publication of this new paper, “Contextualizing Accumulation by Dispossession: The State and High-Rise Apartment Clusters in Gangnam, Seoul”, from the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. The fruition of this co-authored paper has taken many years, and it’s great to conclude this project with this output. Abstract: In an […]

Invited lecture at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Earlier this week, Prof Hyun Bang Shin (@urbancommune) gave a lecture at the the Politecnico di Torino (@PoliTOnews) in Turin, Italy, entitled: “Coping with Crisis in Developmental Urbanization: The Case of Songdo City, South Korea”. Read more about the event here. Abstract This lecture aims to examine the underlying political economy of mega-project promotion in […]

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