Hyun Bang Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea. He is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also the Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.
His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economy of urbanisation, politics of displacement, gentrification, housing, the right to the city, urban spectacles, and speculative urbanism with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as China, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. His most recent projects on circulating urbanism and Asian capital involve field research in Quito, Manila, Iskandar Malaysia, Kuwait City and London.
His books include a co-edited volume Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015) and a co-authored monograph Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016), both 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, supported by the Urban Studies journal and Urban Studies Foundation.
He has also published Anti Gentrification: What is to be Done (Dongnyok, 2017), an edited volume that brought together activists, artists, professionals and academics who have been at the forefront of fighting gentrification in South Korea in recent years. More recently, he has co-edited Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience (Routledge, 2021) and The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia: Globalization and Urban Transformation (forthcoming, Routledge).
He is currently working on two other book projects including a monograph Making China Urban (for Routledge) and a monograph on the making of speculative city of Seoul.
He is Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. He has been sitting on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode as well as on the editorial board of the journals: Urban Geography; CITY; City, Culture and Society; Space and Environment [in Korea]; China City Planning Review [in China].
He is also a co-organiser of the Urban Salon, an interdisciplinary London forum for architecture, cities and international urbanism, and edit LSE blogs Field Research Method Lab and LSE Southeast Asia.
He 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). He had professional work experiences in mechanical engineering and project management and urban planning, having worked for a leading construction firm in South Korea before his graduate studies.