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Hyun Bang Shin, Dr

Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies


Department of Geography and Environment
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, U.K.

TEL. +44 (0)20 7955 6383
FAX. +44 (0)20 7955 7412
Room S601F, St.Clement's Building (see Maps and Directions)

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I joined the Department of Geography and Environment in 2008. My main research interests lie in the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban (re)development. I have written widely on Asian urbanisation, speculative urbanism, the politics of displacement and urban spectacles. One of my recent projects was supported by the STICERD/LSE Annual Fund New Researcher Award in 2009, which funded a two-year research project (May 2009 - July 2011), investigating the socio-spatial implications of the 2010 Asian Summer Games in Guangzhou, China. I also co-organised workshops in London and Santiago (together with Lees, López-Morales and Herzer) on "Towards an Emerging Geography of Gentrification in the Global South”. These workshops were part of the Urban Studies Seminar series (2011-2012) funded by the Urban Studies Foundation and the Urban Studies journal.

I have co-edited Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015), and is currently working on a number of book projects including a monograph Making China Urban (Routledge, 2016), a co-authored monograph (with Lees and López-Morales) Planetary Gentrification (Polity, 2015), and a co-edited volume (with Chen and Saito) Contesting Urban Space in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

I am the editor of an LSE Blog Field Research Method Lab, and serves as a member of editorial or international advisory board for the journals Antipode, CITY and City, Culture and Society. I am also an organising member of the Urban Salon seminar, a London-based joint seminar series.

Latest News

February 2015: I’ve been invited to speak at a workshop, Defining the Urban: transdisciplinary views taking place at the University of Manchester. For details, contact Dr Deljana Iossifova

January 2015: I’ve been working on a co-authored paper to explain how new-build gentrification is endogenous in Seoul, embedded in South Korea’s speculative urbanisation that undermines the society’s capacity to mobilise discontents against displacement. This is out now from the Urban Studies journal. Click on the title to view the paper: The developmental state, speculative urbanisation and the politics of displacement in gentrifying Seoul

January 2015: ‘Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement’, a co-edited volume of mine (with Loretta Lees at the University of Leicester and Ernesto López-Morales at the University of Chile), is out now.




Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2014: Commended Nominee, 2014

Crisis and Transformation of East Asian Cities in the Age of Globalization. Social Sciences Korea programme, National Research Foundation of Korea, KRW 689.7 million (GBP 400,000), PI: Bae-Gyoon Park, Seoul National University. Grant reference number: NRF-2014S1A3A2044551 (as Co-Investigator)

Centre for Learning Technology Development Fund, 2009-2010 (GY438), 2012-2014 (GY480)

LSE Researcher Development Fund, Field Research Method Lab, 2012-2013

Urban Studies Seminar Series Competition 2011. Funded by Urban Studies Foundation (see the announcement on SAGE newsletter)

LSE/STICERD New Researcher Award, 2009-2010 (extended to 2011)

Reproduction System of Multiple Disparities and Socio-political Agenda
. Social Sciences Korea programme, National Research Foundation of Korea, 2011 –
2014 (as Co-Investigator)

Teaching Development Fund, LSE Teaching and Learning Centre, 2009-2010

British Academy Small Research Grant (SG-48104), 2008-2009

Social Policy Research Studentship, LSE, 2003-2004

Research Studentship, LSE, 2000-2002

Central Research Fund, University of London, 2002-2003

British Chevening Scholarship, 1999-2000



PhD Supervision

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

Yimin Zhao | "In the Name of “Greenbelt:” Planning, Land and Modernity in Making Beijing’s Local State Space"

Mara Cristina Nogueira Teixeira | "Exception as Everyday Politics: Belo Horizonte and the 2014 Brazil World Cup" (fully funded by Brazilian government scholarship)

Do Young Oh | "University as Real Estate Developer: Locating the East Asian University in the Urban Process under Post-developmental Capitalism"

Ulises Moreno-Tabarez | "Responses to Migrant Precarity: Latin@s in London and Charity Organisations" (fully funded by LSE studentship)

Yi Jin | "Property Rights Activism in China's Third Front Cities" (fully funded by LSE studentship)

Kate Dawson (entry in 2015/2016 year) (fully funded by ESRC scholarship)

Laura Antona (entry in 2015/2016 year (fully funded by ESRC scholarship)

Yueming (Amy) Zhang | Clark University (external member of PhD committee) | "Capitalizing on art, aestheticizing capital: The making and consuming of arts districts in Chinese cities"


GY438 Cities and Social Change in East Asia (Course convenor) (FACEBOOK)

GY480 Remaking China: Geographical Aspects of Development and Disparity (Course convenor) (FACEBOOK)

GY445 Urban Policy and Practice in the South

Thesis supervision of students in MSc Urbanisation and Development and MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies (since 2008)


GY302 Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Planning (Course convenor)

LSE-Peking University Summer School

LPS-GY201 Urban Asia and China: Cities, Society and Development (in 2014) (Course convenor). Download the outline syllabus

LPS-GY201 Speculative Urbanisation in Asia (in 2015) (Course convenor). Download the outline syllabus

Helsinki University Summer School

The Welfare City (2013)

PhD examination

The University of Warwick (2013); King’s College London (2013); The University of Sydney (2014); The University of Edinburgh (2014); London School of Economics and Political Science (2015); Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2015); King's College London (2015)



  • Editorial board member of City, Culture and Society, an Elsevier journal (2010-Present)

  • International Advisory Board member of the Antipode journal (2014-Present)

  • Senior Editor of the CITY journal (2015-Present)

  • International Advisory Board of the CITY journal (2014-2015)

  • Organising committee member of Urban Salon seminar, a London-based joint seminar series

  • Founder and Editor of LSE Blog Field Research Method Lab

  • Advisory board member of The Global Urbanist, a news portal

  • Grant reviewer for:
    Economic & Social Research Council (UK); The Leverhulme Trust (UK); The Research Grants Council (HK); Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium); Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)

  • Book proposal reviewer for:
    Routledge, SAGE, Elsevier, Alexandrine Press, and Rowman & Littlefield

  • Peer reviewers of journal articles for:
    Annals of the AAG; Antipode; Cities; City; City, Culture and Society; Economy and Society; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Urbanization; Geoforum; Habitat International; Housing Studies; International Development Planning Review; International Journal of Housing Policy; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; International Journal of Urban Sciences; International Review of Administrative Sciences; Journal of Current Chinese Affairs; Journal of Development Studies; Journal of Housing and the Built Environment; Journal of Social Policy; Journal of Urban Affairs; Land Use Policy; Modern Asian Studies; Planning Perspectives; Policy and Society; Political Geography; Regional Studies; The Sociological Quarterly; Town and Planning Review; Urban Affairs Review; Urban Geography; Urban Studies



CASE Associate, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE (since October 2006)

Associate, Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE (since January 2015)

Associate, Asia Research Centre, LSE (since January 2013)

WREAC Research Associate, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds, Leeds (since June 2008)

ACCS Honorary Research Fellow, Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University (since September 2012)

Visiting Professor, School of Geography & Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China (September 2010)

Visiting Scholar, Universidad de Chile (November 2010)

Visiting Research Fellow, Asia Research Centre, LSE (November 2006 - October 2007)

Visiting Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing (July 2002 - September 2003)



Postdoctoral Research Fellow, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds
Jun. 2007 - May 2008

Deputy General Manager and Chief of Urban Planning Team, Division of Housing, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Korea
Dec. 2006 - Mar. 2007

Engineer / Senior Engineer (Mechanical Engineering / Project Management), Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Korea
Mar. 1994 - Aug. 1999