Hyun Bang Shin is Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research interests lie in the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban (re-) development. He has written widely on speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, and urban spectacles.
He was the recipient of the STICERD/LSE Annual Fund New Researcher Award in 2009, which funded his two-year research (May 2009 - July 2011) on the socio-spatial implications of the 2010 Asian Summer Games in Guangzhou, China. He also organised workshops in London and Santiago, Chile (together with Loretta Lees, Ernesto Lopez and Hilda Herzer) on Towards an Emerging Geography of Gentrification in the Global South. These workshops were part of the Urban Studies Seminar Series (2011-2012), funded by the Urban Studies Foundation and the Urban Studies journal.
He is the co-editor (with Lees and López-Morales) of Global gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement (2015, Policy Press), and is currently working on a number of other book projects including a monograph Making China urban (Routledge), a co-authored monograph Planetary Gentrification, and a co-edited volume Contesting urban space in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan). More details of his current research can be found out on his web site, urbancommune.net