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The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), established in 2014. Building on the School’s deep academic and historical connections with Southeast Asia, SEAC seeks to foster world-leading academic and policy research with a focus on the Southeast Asian social and political landscape, guided by the Centre’s core intersecting research themes of urbanisation, connectivity and governance.

SEAC’s blog is a platform for analysing and debating the Southeast Asia region’s critical and pressing issues as LSE’s gateway to Southeast Asia. The blog will introduce academic research of LSE faculty, fellows, students and alumni as well as external researchers and SEAC’s Southeast Asia early career researcher network members.

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About the Editor

Hyun Bang Shin is Professor in Geography and Urban Studies at the Department of Geography and Environment and the Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urbanisation with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as China, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Singapore. His most recent project on circulating urbanism and (Asian) capital has also brought him to work on Quito, Manila, Iskandar Malaysia, Kuwait City and London. His research themes include speculative urbanisation; the politics of redevelopment; displacement; gentrification; housing; the right to the city; mega-events as urban spectacles; mega-projects. He has been the editor of the Field Research Methods Lab blog since its foundation.

Hyun has published widely in major international journals and contributed to numerous books on the above themes. His books include Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015); Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016); Anti Gentrification: What is to be Done (Dongnyok, 2017); Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience (2021, Routledge); The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia: Globalization and Urban Transformation (forthcoming, Routledge). He is currently working on two other book projects including a monograph Making China Urban (for Routledge) and a monograph on the making of speculative city of Seoul.

He is Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. He sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode as well as on the editorial board of the journals Urban GeographyCITYCity, Culture and SocietySpace and Environment[in Korea]; China City Planning Review [in China]. He is also a co-organiser of the Urban Salon, an interdisciplinary London forum for architecture, cities and international urbanism, and edits an LSE blog Field Research Methods Lab.

More details of his current research are available on his personal webpage at Twitter: @urbancommune

About the Editorial Manager

Katie Boulton is the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Manager and acts as Editorial Manager for the LSE Southeast Asia Blog. She can be emailed at

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The views expressed on LSE Southeast Asia Blog are those of the authors alone. They do not reflect the position of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, nor that of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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