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Shin, Hyun Bang

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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Hyun Bang Shin is Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, and has been in the Department of Geography and Environment since 2008. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, gentrification, housing, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles, with particular attention to Asian cities.

His books include an edited volume
Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015) and a monograph Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016), all 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, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. Hyun's other on-going book projects include a monograph Making China Urban (Routledge), and a co-edited volume Contesting Urban Space in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan).

Hyun serves the journal CITY as senior editor, is a board member (trustee) of the Urban Studies Foundation, and sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and on the editorial board of the journals City, Culture and Society, China City Planning Review and Space and Society (공간과 사회). He is also an organiser of the Urban Salon, an interdisciplinary London-based seminar series.

Hyun was awarded his BSc from Seoul National University in 1994, and worked in the construction sector for six years before arriving at the LSE to pursue his MSc (2000) and PhD (2006).




2017 -              Editorial Board, Space and Society (In Korean: 공간과 사회)

2016 -              Board member (trustee), Urban Studies Foundation

2015 -              Senior Editor, CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action

2015 -              Editorial Board, China City Planning Review

2014 -              International Advisory Board, Antipode

2013 -              Founder and editor, LSE Field Research Methods Lab Blog

2010 -              Editorial Board, City, Culture and Society

2014 - 2015      International Advisory Board, CITY

ORGANISING COMMITTEE of the Urban Salon seminar, a London-based joint seminar series (



PhD Supervision

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2012 -              Yimin ZHAO (Self-funded), “In the Name of “Greenbelt:” Planning, Land and Modernity in Making Beijing’s Local State Space”

2012 -              Ulises MORENO-TABAREZ (LSE-funded), “Responses to Migrant Precarity: Latin@s in London and Charity Organisations”

2013 -              Mara NOGUEIRA-TEIXEIRA (Brazil Government-funded), “Exception as Everyday Politics: Belo Horizonte and the 2014 Brazil World Cup”

2013 -              Do Young OH (Self-funded), “University as Real Estate Developer: Locating the Post-Developmental State in East Asia by Examining University Development Projects”

2014 -              Yi JIN (LSE-funded), “Property Rights Activism in China’s Third Front Cities”

2015 -              Laura ANTONA (ESRC-funded), “Divisions and Resistance: Migrant Domestic Workers and the Right to the City”

2016 -              Didi Kyoung-Ae HAN (LSE-funded)


2016 -              David LUKENS, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, “Emerging Forms of Urban Renewal: Limits of State-Led Gentrification in Seoul”

2014 - 2016      Yueming (aka Amy) ZHANG, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, “Places of Aesthetics and Capital: the Making and Consuming of Arts Districts in Chinese Cities


2015 -              Carwyn MORRIS, Geography and Environment, LSE

2011 -              Tucker LANDESMAN, Geography and Environment, LSE

2010 - 2013      Sin Yee KOH, Geography and Environment, LSE, PhD awarded

2010 - 2013      Antonis VRADIS, Geography and Environment, LSE, PhD awarded



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

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

GY445 Urban Policy and Practice in the South (2008-2015)

GY452 Urban Research Methods (course convener)

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 convener)

LSE-Peking University Summer School, Beijing

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

LPS-GY201 Speculative Urbanisation in Asia (2015, 2016) (Course convener). Download the outline syllabus

LSE Summer School, London

IR203 An Urbanising World: The Future of Global Cities (2016)

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); LSE (2015); Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2015); King's College London (2015), UCL (2016), LSE (2017 expected)



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