Carwyn James  Morris

Carwyn James Morris

PhD candidate in Human Geography & Urban Studies

Department of Geography and Environment

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About me

Carwyn is an ESRC funded post-field PhD candidate at LSE in the process of writing up his PhD thesis. He conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Beijing, China, in 2017 and 2018. He was embedded in migrant food, anti-eviction and youth communities in the physical and digital spaces of Beijing and used these experiences to understand the geography of government power in Beijing. During his time in Beijing he was enrolled at Renmin University of China.

He completed his Master's in the LSE Anthropology Department, on the program MSc China in Comparative Perspective, where his dissertation was on the educational attainment of left behind children in China, Mexico and the Philippines. Following on from this he worked as a Research Assistant at the LSE Asia Research Centre, and then as a Brand Strategist with Flamingo, a cultural consultancy, in Shanghai.

He grew up in rural Devon, England, and was supposed to be the latest in a long line of funeral directors. He left to volunteer in China as soon as he finished secondary school and ended up staying in China for four years, mainly in Tianshui, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. He then studied BA Chinese and International Relations at the University of Leeds, which included a year abroad in Beijing at Capital Normal University, where he got heavily involved in the Chinese underground music scene.

Research interests

Thesis title: Space and power in urban China: Government control and citizen resistance in the physical and digital geography of Beijing

Internal and translocal migration
Digital geography
Spatial power
Government control
Citizen resistance
Instant messaging
Formality and informality
Urban transformation
Practice theory

Working and conference papers

The Practices of Migrant Stillness in Beijing: Migration, stillness and mobility between digital and physical place (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies)

Social Movements, Protest and WeChat: Ethnographic study of the post-Daxing fire movements (16th Chinese Internet Research Conference)

WeChat Communities of Resistance: A Tale of Two Groups (Digital Asia 2018: Rethinking Communities in the Age of the Digital)

Forced mobility in the Beijing food industry: Governmental spatial power and migrant resistance (Migration at Work: Opportunities, Imaginaries & Structures of Mobility)

Digitally Centred Youth Movements in Mainland China: The 2017 Beijing eviction movement (RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018)

Academic Supervisor

Claire Mercer

Hyun Bang Shin