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Shin, Hyun Bang

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 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.

Hyun's 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. 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 Studies Foundation, and sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and on the editorial board of the journals Urban GeographyCity, Culture and Society, Radical Housing Journal, Space and Environment (공간과 사회) 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).