Hyun Bang Shin

Professor of Geography and Urban Studies

Email: h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk

Phone: [+44] (0)20 7955 6383

Room: STC 6.01f, St Clement’s Building, LSE

Links: Personal Website | Departmental Profile


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 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. Four themes have been at the centre of his research: (1) property-based urban redevelopment and state entrepreneurialism; (2) urban development and the politics of displacement; (3) speculative urbanisation in Asia; and (4) theorising gentrification in the Global South.

His books include an edited volume Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement  (2015, Policy Press) and a monograph Planetary Gentrification  (2016, Polity Press), all part of collaboration with Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Ernesto López-Morales (University of Chile). He is further working on a monograph Making China urban (Routledge), and a co-edited volume Contesting Urban Space in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan).

Hyun was 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, Space and Environment, 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).

To view more details, please visit Dr Shin’s personal website, http://urbancommune.net

Research Areas

  • Critical approaches to the political economy of (speculative) urbanisation
  • Politics of gentrification and displacement
  • Housing, homeownership and social change
  • Cities of spectacle and mega-events
  • Geography of uneven development in the Global South



Recent publications:


  • Shin, H.B. (forthcoming) Making China Urban: Geographical Aspects of Development and Disparity. Routledge
  • Chen, Y-L., Saito, A. and Shin, H.B. (forthcoming) Contesting Urban Space in East Asia. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Shin, H.B. (forthcoming) Asian urbanism. In: Orum, A.M. (ed.) The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Wiley
  • Shin, H.B. and López-Morales, E. (forthcoming) Beyond Anglo-American gentrification theory. In: Lees, L. and Phillips, M. (Eds.) Handbook of Gentrification Studies. Edward Elgar Publishing