Professor Hyun Bang Shin
Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre
Hyun Bang Shin is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies and have been teaching at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2008. He is also the Director of the LSE 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.
He has written a numerous books or chapters that related to his research field which include the recent books such as Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015) and 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.
His latest publication in November 2017 entitled Anti Gentrification: What is to be Done discusses how gentrification unfolds in South Korea’s uneven geography, and what measures can be envisaged to fight gentrification at both micro and macro scales.
Besides that, he is also a board member (trustee) of the Urban Studies Foundation, sit on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and on the editorial board of the journals Urban Geography, City, Culture and Society, Radical Housing Journal, Space and Environment and China City Planning Review, and served the journal CITY as a senior editor.
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). After that, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds (2007-2008).