China’s Urbanisation and Gentrification as State Project
Mainland China has gone through an ‘urban revolution’ that makes use of rapid, state-led urbanisation as a key means to achieve political, economic and social goals of the state.
The lecturer: Hyun Bang Shin
This process of urbanisation, coupled with the drive of land-based accumulation, produces new opportunities to rethink ‘gentrification’ as a framework to understand on-going spatial transformation.
In particular, this lecture discusses how gentrification has become a state project in key metropolises of China, resulting in not only the mass displacement of low-income land users from existing neighbourhoods subject to redevelopment and land assembly, but also a city-wide policy to stigmatise vulnerable and low-end populations and re-create strategic urban spaces for the exclusive use by the affluent and desirable in the eyes of the state.
Bio Hyun Bang Shin
The lecturer is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. Hyun’s research centres on the critical analysis of the political economy of urbanisation with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea and China.
His research themes include the politics of displacement; gentrification; real estate speculation; the right to the city; mega-events as urban spectacles. His most recent project on circulating urbanism has also brought him to work on Ecuador. Hyun has published widely in major international journals and contributed to numerous books on the above themes.
His most recent books include Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016) and Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015). Other forthcoming books include The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia (Routledge) and Making China Urban (Routledge).