Hyun Bang Shin is Professor of
Geography and Urban Studies, and has been in the Department of Geography
and Environment since 2008. He is also the Director of
Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. 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.
books include an edited volume Global
Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy
Press, 2015) and a monograph Planetary
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. A new volume in Korean has
been published in November 2017 entitled 안티
젠트리피케이션: 무엇을 할 것인가 Anti Gentrification: What is to be Done (Dongnyok,
2017), which brought together activists, artists, professionals and
academics, who have been at the forefront of fighting gentrification in
South Korea in recent years. Chapters visit key issues that are
pertinent to the understanding of how gentrification unfolds in South
Korea’s uneven geography, and what measures can be envisaged to fight
gentrification at both micro and macro scales.
His other on-going book projects include a monograph Making
China Urban (Routledge),
and two co-edited volumes Contesting
Urban Space in East Asia (Palgrave
Macmillan) and The
Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia (Routledge).
served the journal CITY as
a senior editor, am a board member (trustee) of the Urban
and sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and
on the editorial board of the journals Urban
Culture and Society,
Radical Housing Journal, Space
and Environment (공간과 사회) and China
City Planning Review.
He is also an organiser of the Urban
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).