SEAC Seminar Series: Theorising the City in and from Southeast Asia

Hosted by the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

Online Event


Dr Rita Padawangi

Dr Rita Padawangi

Senior Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences


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 is hosting a research seminar chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin on 11th November 2020. Dr Rita Padawangi (Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences) will be speaking on theorising cities and urbanisation in and from Southeast Asia.

* This seminar will be followed by Masterclass by Dr Padawangi on 13th November. 


Talk abstract

Studies on cities in Southeast Asia have rarely been brought together to theorise cities and urbanisation in and from the region. Hinterlands and remote areas are now more connected to the city by means of social relations, economies, communication, transportation, and environmental landscapes, yet issues of social and political inequalities continue across geographies. Cities have also become increasingly diverse and dense, which demands more detailed understanding of the neighbourhoods where communities reside. Featuring selected concepts from the recently published Routledge Handbook of Urbanisation in Southeast Asia (2019) and grounded studies within the Southeast Asia Neighbourhood Network (SEANNET), this seminar brings together the urban experience from city neighbourhoods to connect with theorising the city in and from Southeast Asia.



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


Speaker and chair biographies

  • Dr Rita Padawangi is Senior Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences. She received her PhD in sociology from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Arts in Urban Design from the National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University. Her research interests include the sociology of architecture, social movements and participatory urban development. She co-coordinates the Southeast Asia Neighbourhoods Network (SEANNET), an initiative for urban studies research and teaching, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation through the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). She is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia (2019).
  • Prof Hyun Bang Shin is is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, gentrification, housing, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles, with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore. My recent projects on ‘circulating urbanism and (Asian) capital’ have also brought him to work on Quito, Manila, Iskandar Malaysia, Kuwait City and London. Prof Shin has published widely in major international journals and contributed to numerous books on the above themes. He has coauthored Planetary Gentrification (Polity,2016), edited Anti-Gentrification: What Is to Be Done (Dongnyok, 2017),and co- edited Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Bristol University Press, 2015) and Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He is a board member (trustee) of the Urban Studies Foundation, and sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode as well as on the editorial board of the journals International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Urban Geography; CITY; City, Culture and Society; Space and Environment [in Korea]; China City Planning Review [in China].