SEAC Seminar Series: Mapping Transdisciplinary Data for Spatial Justice: Migration and Urbanization in Vietnam and Beyond

Hosted by the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

Online Event


Dr Annette Kim

Dr Annette Kim

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California


Prof Hyun Bang Shin

Prof Hyun Bang Shin

Professor of Geography and Urban Studies and Director of Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE

SEAC hosted a research seminar chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin on 7th October 2020. Dr Annette Kim (Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California; Director, Spatial Analysis Lab) spoke on "Mapping Transdisciplinary Data for Spatial Justice:  Migration and Urbanization in Vietnam and Beyond"


Talk Abstract

Human migration to cities has set off a global upheaval with far-reaching implications. Our fundamental notions and institutions of identity, belonging, and entitlements to public and private space are being challenged and re-written all over the world. In this contemporary period, urbanization is being profoundly shaped by digital technologies and platforms that are supposed to be “big” and “smart” but are also exacerbating marginalization. Making new data possibilities more emancipatory will require deep translational work across more disciplines:  computer sciences, humanities, social sciences, etc. This talk begins with research projects in Ho Chi Minh City and connects them to projects in Beijing, Shanghai and Los Angeles to home in on the global commonalities and contextual specificities.

This seminar was followed by Dr Annette Kim's research masterclass on 16th October.



A video of this seminar is available to watch at Facebook.


Speaker Biography

  • Annette M. Kim is Associate Professor at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She also directs SLAB, the Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Her books include Sidewalk City: Re-Mapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Learning to be Capitalists: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her current research project, ethniCITY, remaps how race and ethnicity shapes spatial patterns in Los Angeles. She received a Ph.D. in city and regional planning and M.A. in visual studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her M.P.P.U.P. from Harvard University and her B.A. in architecture and studio art from Wellesley College.

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