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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 includes the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban development, with particular attention to Asian cities. His main research interests lie in the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban (re-) development. He has written widely on speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, and urban spectacles.

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 is a senior editor of the journal CITY, 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 and China City Planning Review. 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).

Latest News

March 2016: Pleased to see the printed version of a new special issue from Alternative Sud, a quarterly publication by CETRI based in Belgium. The issue includes a reprinted paper of mine originally published in City. More details here.

March 2016: Book launch event for Planetary Gentrification at LSE on 16 March. More details here.

February 2016: On 26 February, I gave an invited talk at the Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS on the topic of Developmental Urbanisation and the Genealogy of Urban Rights in South Korea. Click here for more information.

February 2016: #BangkokEdge, an exciting festival in Bangkok, 13-14 Feb 2016!talks/cizb I'm also to give talks on #NewAsia and #gentrification

January 2016: New special issue from Urban Studies 53(3) Locating #Gentrification in the Global East @LorettaCLees @LSEGeography

January 2016: Planetary Gentrification, a co-authored monograph (with Loretta Lees at the University of Leicester and Ernesto López-Morales at the University of Chile), is out now from Polity Press. This accompanies the earlier published edited volume Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015).




Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2014: Commended Nominee, 2014, 2015

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" (part funded by LSE studentship)

Mara Cristina Nogueira Teixeira | "Exception as Everyday Politics: Belo Horizonte and the 2014 Brazil World Cup" (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" (self-funded)

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" (funded by LSE studentship)

Laura Antona (2015-Present) | "Divisions and Resistance: Migrant Domestic Workers and the Right to the City" (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 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)



  • 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)

  • Board member, Urban Studies Foundation (2016-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