Centre Director



Prof Hyun Bang Shin is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC), and Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment.


Prof Shin’s research centres on the critical analysis of the political economy of urbanisation with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea and China. His research themes include the politics of displacement; gentrification; real estate speculation; the right to the city; mega-events as urban spectacles. His most recent project on circulating urbanism has also brought him to work on Ecuador.

Prof Shin has published widely in major international journals and contributed to numerous books on the above themes. His most recent books include Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016), Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015), and Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Other forthcoming books include The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia (Routledge) and Making China Urban (Routledge).

Prof Shin is a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation, sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and serves on the editorial boards of the journals: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Urban GeographyCity, Culture and Society; Space and EnvironmentChina City Planning Review; and Radical Housing Journal. Previously, he served the journal CITY as Senior Editor.

He is also a co-organiser of the Urban Salon, an interdisciplinary London forum for architecture, cities and international urbanism, and edits an LSE blog Field Research Method Lab.

Prof Shin was awarded BSc from Seoul National University (1994) and worked in the construction sector for six years before arriving at the LSE to pursue MSc (2000) and PhD (2006). He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds from 2007 to 2008.