Co-Director of the MSc programme in Urbanisation and Development (with Professor Sylvia Chant), my teaching focuses on the critical analysis of urbanisation processes with emphasis on the urbanising world of the Global South, discussing socio-political relations and spatial manifestation of uneven development.


PhD SUPERVISION (* denotes main supervision; ** denotes co-supervision)

For areas of possible PhD supervision, please visit my research page.

Martina Vittoria Sottini** (2019 – Present; Self-funded)

Yoonai Han (2018 – Present; LSE-funded)
“Commoning by Coworking: The Production of Shared Workspaces in Seoul and Berlin”

Kyoung-Ae (aka Didi) HAN* (2016 – Present; LSE-funded)
“Precariat Movement and Space Production in East Asia”

Laura ANTONA** (2015 – Present; ESRC-funded)
“Anatomies and Apparatuses of Violence The Everyday Encounters of Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore.”

Carwyn MORRIS** (2015 – Present; ESRC-funded)
“Life under Chai: Spatial Governmentality and Contestation in the Physical and Digital Geography of China”

Yi JIN* (2014 – 2018; LSE-funded)
“Entrepreneurial Managerialism: Mobilising Socialist Legacy for EntrepreneurialRedevelopment of Penghuqu in a Chinese Third-Front City”. PhD awarded (pass with no correction). Current employment: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE

Ulises MORENO-TABAREZ* (2012 – 2018; LSE-funded)
“Spectral Latinidad: Intersectional Encounters between Latin@ Migrants and Small-scale Charity Organisations in London.” PhD awarded.

Do Young OH* (2013 – 2017)
“From a Colonial Institution to a Neoliberal Real Estate Developer: Comparative Analysis of Universities in East Asia.” PhD awarded (pass with no correction). Current employment: Research Officer, Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE

Mara NOGUEIRA-TEIXEIRA* (2013 – 2017; Brazil Government-funded)
“Who has the Right to Remain in Place? Informality, Citizenship and Belonging in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.” PhD awarded (pass with no correction). Current employment: Lecture (tenure-track), Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London

Yimin ZHAO* (2012 – 2017)
“The Hegemony of Urbanisation: Questioning the Production of Space by the State in Beijing’s Green Belts.” PhD awarded (pass with no correction). Current employment: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), School of Public Policy, Renmin University of China


Tucker Landesman (2011 – 2017)
“Remaking Rio de Janeiro through ‘favela integration’: the politics of mobility and state space.” PhD awarded

Sin Yee Koh (2010 -2014)
“British colonial legacies, citizenship habitus, and a culture of migration: mobile Malaysians in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.” PhD awarded. Current employment: Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia

Antonios Vradis (2008 – 2013; ESRC-funded)
“Patterns of contentious politics concentration as a ‘spatial contract’: A spatio-temporal study of urban riots ad violent protest in the neighbourhood of Exarcheia, Athens, Greece (1974-2011).” PhD awarded. Current employment: Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Department of Geography, Loughborough University


David LUKENS (2016 – 2019)
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, “Emerging Forms of Urban Renewal: Limits of State-Led Gentrification in Seoul.” PhD awarded 

Yueming (aka Amy) ZHANG (2014 – 2016)
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, “Places of Aesthetics and Capital: the Making and Consuming of Arts Districts in Chinese Cities,” PhD awarded. Current employment: Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham


GY438 Cities and Social Change in East Asia, 2009/10 – Present (Convener)

GY480 Remaking China: Geographical Aspects of Development and Disparity, 2012/13 – 2016/17 (Convener)

GY452 Urban Research Methods, 2015/16 – Present (Convener)

GY445 Urban Theory, policy and Practice in the Global South, 2008/09 – 2014/15

GY302 Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Planning, 2008/09 – 2012/13

GY2A0/240 Research Techniques (Spatial, Social and Environmental), 2008/09 – 2012/13

Seoul Case Study Programme (field trip), MSc Urbanisation and Development

LSE-PKU GY201 The Political Economy of Urbanisation in China and Asia: Globalisation and Uneven Development, LSE-Peking University Summer School, Beijing, 2014-Present (Convener). Click here for the latest course description

LSS-IR203 An Urbanising World: Cities, Capitalism and the Environment, LSE Summer School, London, 2016-Present (Lead Faculty). Click here for the latest course description

(since 2008-09 academic year)

37 dissertations in MSc Urbanisation and 48 dissertations in MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies

Teaching Related Grants

2019 – 2020 Lead Applicant, “New Spaces, New Networks: “Forging Connections, Partnerships and Futures among Studies, Alumni and Employers”, GBP 20,818, EDEN Fund, London School of Economics and Political Science. Co-applicants include three student representatives from MSc Urbanisation and Development and MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research)

2018 – 2019 Lead Applicant, “Urbanisation and Development Day: Conference with workshop sessions”, GBP 1,500, Student Experience Enhancement Fund, London School of Economics and Political Science. Co-applicants include two student representatives of the MSc Urbanisation and Development

2017 – 2018 Project Leader. “Enhancing Student Participation and Diversifying Assessments: Review of Urban Research Methods Course”, GBP 1,956.76. Teaching and Learning Development Fund, LSE Teaching and Learning Centre

2017 – 2018 Project Leader. “Students as Knowledge Co-Producers: Blogging as Alternative Assessments and Learning Experience”, GBP 1,051.16. Teaching and Learning Development Fund, LSE Teaching and Learning Centre

2009 – 2010 Principal Investigator. “Teaching Development Fund: Cities and Social Change in East Asia”, GBP 2,000. LSE Teaching and Learning Centre


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