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Department of
Geography & Environment


Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE


Yimin Zhao

PhD candidate in Human Geography & Urban Studies


Room: STC 5.04, St Clement Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK

Yimin studied for his BSc in Urban Management and MSc in Regional Economics, in Peking University, Beijing, China. During his long stay in Beijing, he engaged in projects on that city's urban social space, which consequently ignite his interests in studying urban questions (especially those focusing on the social sufferings) further, with Human Geography methods. 

Before starting his PhD research in LSE, he worked as a research assistant from 2011 to 2012, in College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. In this period, he played an active role in a project funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), focusing on the re-construction of social space in suburban Beijing. He has also led a part in a project delegated by Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of The People's Republic of China (MOHURD); and through this research, the transition pattern of urban built environment in China's rapid urbanization process was partly revealed.

Research Interests

Yimin's thesis topic is land politics on China's urban periphery. The work focuses on the reason why conflicts (related to land expropriation and house dismantling) emerge on China’s urban periphery and the mechanism by which these conflicts can be interpreted as the result of urbanization.

Consequently, the research addresses two nested questions:

  1. How do rural (social, historical and cultural) traditions and their transition play a key role in shaping the dynamics of land politics and urbanization process in general, and how do they lead to protests and conflicts on urban periphery in particular?
  2. How do urban forces take effect as exogenous factors in shaping this in-progress-transition of land politics on urban periphery?

Academic Supervisors



Yimin Zhao