Ren_portraitDr. Julie Ren

LSE Fellow in Human Geography (starting September 2016)

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Julie joined the Department in 2016 as an LSE Fellow in Human Geography. She holds a PhD from the Humboldt University Berlin (summa cum laude), a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance and a BA from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University (with high honors).

Her work focuses on the areas of comparative urbanism, urban theory and cultural production through research at the intersection of artistic practices and cities of the majority world. Her dissertation explored the role of mobility in the making of art spaces in Berlin and Beijing.

She has previously worked for three years in the consulting sector, and comes to the LSE from the City University of Hong Kong, where her post-doctoral fellowship investigated the possibility of applying Robert Park’s work on Chicago to urban China, and the various issues around transplanting concepts across time and space. She is co-editor of a forthcoming volume connected to this project.

Research Areas
Comparative urban research
Art events and spaces
Mobility and temporality
Aspirational urbanism
Urban China

Selected recent publications:
Ren, J. & Luger, J. (eds) (forthcoming in 2017) Critical artscapes, resilient artists: Worlding the discussion around art and the city. Oxon: Routledge.
Ren. J. (2016) Segregation research on urban China. City University of Hong Kong. CityU on Cities Working Paper Series, No. 1/2016. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3277.4644.
Ren, J. (2016) ‘Creative class’ subversions: Art spaces in Berlin and Beijing. In J. Wang, T. Oakes and Y. Yang (eds.) Making Cultural Cities in Asia: Mobility, assemblage and the politics of aspirational urbanism. Routledge.
Ren, J. (2015) Gentrification in China? In L. Lees, H.B. Shin and E. Lopez (eds.) Global gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement. Bristol: Policy Press.
Ren, J. & Luger, J. (2014) Comparative Urbanism and the ‘Asian City’: Implications for Research and Theory. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 39(1): 145-156.