Hyun Bang Shin

  • Professor and Director
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, UK
  • 29/05/2022
Advisor Housing Inequalities Urban and Regional Development

Personal Summary

Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

Director of Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre


Department of Geography and Environment; Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre


Hyun Bang Shin is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC), and Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment.

Prof Shin’s research centres on the critical analysis of the political economy of urbanisation with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as Malaysia, 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.

Prof Shin 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), Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015), Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience (Routledge, 2021), and Covid-19 in Southeast Asia: An Insight into a Post-Pandemic World (LSE Press, 2022).

Prof Shin is an editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. He has been sitting on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode as well as on the editorial board of the journals: Urban GeographyCity, Culture and SocietySpace and EnvironmentChina City Planning Review. Previously, he served the journal CITY as Senior Editor.