LSE-PKU Summer School

Beijing, 8-19 August 2016


【课程介绍】 LPS-GY201: Speculative Urbanisation in Asia



  • 大量的鬼城和空置楼盘何以出现
  • 房地产投机如何在最近/一线城市愈演愈烈
  • 北京的南锣鼓巷和新加坡的 Little India 的变迁有何异同
  • 东亚四小龙的住房政策如何彼此迥异(植根于各自的政治经济基础)
  • 如何把中国的城市问题与东亚、亚洲和全球议题加以勾连
  • “绅士化”问题的最新理论进展
  • 作为方法的比较城市主义如何加以实践……

那么本课程将能提供足够多、足够深入的理论和案例信息,并将有气氛热烈的研讨班 (seminar; 80 min/day) 作为增进讨论的有效平台。




About the summer school:

LSE and Peking University have collaboratively run the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing every summer since 2004. The twelfth SE-PKU Summer School will run from 8-19 August 2016. The two-week English-language international programme offers university-level courses all with a focus on China and Asia in subjects including economics, management, international relations, geography, the media, big data and NGOs.

The LSE-PKU Summer School provides a unique opportunity to learn about China from within China, but with a truly international perspective. The programme is taught in English by outstanding faculty from LSE and PKU – two of the world’s leading institutions for teaching and research.

In 2015, the LSE-PKU Summer School was attended by 283 participants from more than 50 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, one third of whom were graduate professionals from different industries, governments and NGOs. This enriches class discussions, social events and networking opportunities.

Each course totals 48 contact hours (usually 36 hours of lectures and 12 hours of classes), and is formally assessed to allow the award of an official transcript. Whilst neither LSE nor PKU formally award credit for the programme, many previous participants have been able to receive credit from their home institutions – we are very happy to provide any information to assist with this.


Course information:

The course “Speculative Urbanisation in Asia” (LPS-GY201) explores the contemporary dynamics of urbanisation in Asia, with special emphasis on cities in China and other East and Southeast Asian economies, which share the experiences of rapid urban development with strong state intervention in the context of condensed industrialisation. The course will benefit from the geographical advantage of taking place in Beijing and make use of a number of China case studies to examine the differences as well as similarities of urban development between Chinese and other Asian cities.

Applying interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, the course encourages students to develop critical knowledge and comparative understanding of how urban space is transformed in different social, economic and political settings, and what socio-spatial implications are made in a differentiated way upon local populations.

Throughout the course, we ask whether the concepts and theories born out of the (post-)industrial Western urban experiences can be applicable to the understanding of urban Asia. We also ask what are the challenges that cities in East and Southeast Asia face, given its current development trajectory.

We do this by examining a set of carefully selected themes that address (1) the integration of Asian cities with the global economy, (2) the distinctive characteristics of Asia’s urban development,(3) the place-specificities of state intervention in forming urban growth strategies, and (4) socio-political implications of urbanisation processes in the region.


About the Instructor:

Dr Hyun Bang Shin is an Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Shin is a specialist in urban Asia. His research includes the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban (re-)development and covers Asian urbanisation, urban politics, displacement and gentrification, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles.

New publications:

(2015) (eds.) Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement. Bristol: Policy Press

(2016) Planetary Gentrification. Cambridge: Policy Press

(2016) Special issue: Locating Gentrification in the Global East. Urban Studies 53(3)