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Prof. George C.S. Lin 林初昇 講座教授 副院長

PhD Brit Col; MA Akron; MSc, BSc Zhongshan
Chair Professor of Geography and Associate Dean (Research)

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Professor George C.S. Lin received his Ph.D. degree in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1994; MA in Urban Geography from the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, 1989; MSc in Economic Geography from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 1984; BSc in City Planning from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 1981. 

He is the author of Red Capitalism in South China: Growth and Development of the Pearl River Delta (University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, Canada, 1997), Developing China: Land, Politics, and Social Conditions (Routledge, London, 2009), co-author of China's Urban Space: Development under Market Socialism (Routledge, London, 2007), and over 90 articles published in internationally refereed journals and books. 

His research interests include China's urban development and urbanization, land use and land management, the growth of urbanism, rural industrialization and regional development in the Pearl River Delta, transnationalism, cross-border population mobility, and the geography of Chinese diaspora.
Research Interests

Urban and regional development in China; land property rights in China; transnationalism and Chinese diaspora; social geography of China; public policy and regional development; economic geography; Hong Kong-Guangdong integration.

Refereed Scholarly Monographs

Lin, G. C. S. (2009)  Developing China: Land, Politics, and Social Conditions. London: Routledge. xxiii+343 pp. [Featured in a special session of Author-Meets-Critics at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers held in Washington, D.C., 14-18 April 2010; Reviewed in Annals of the Association of American Geographers; 100 (3): 699-701 (July 2010); The China Quarterly, No. 201: 209-210 (March 2010); Environment and Planning A 42 (7): 1762-1763 (July 2010); Eurasian Geography and Economics, 51(5): 683-685 (Sept. 2010); Reprinted in a paperback edition November 2010].

Lin, G. C. S. (1997)  Red Capitalism in South China: Growth and Development of the Pearl River Delta. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.  xii+219pp. [Reviewed in Annals of the Association of American Geographers  90(4):808-809 (December 2000); Geographical Review  89(3):461-463 (July 1999);  Professional Geographer 50(4):542-544 (Nov. 1998); International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 25(2):448-49 (June 2001); China Review International 7(1):127-129 (Spring 2000); Asian Studies Review  22(4):540-541 (1998); Choice 35(6):1046 (Feb.1998) and Journal of Economic Literature 36(1):396 (Mar. 1998). No. of Citations: 260].

McGee, T.G., Lin, George C.S., Marton, A.M, Wang, M. Y.L., and Wu, J.P. (2007) China’s Urban Space: Development under Market Socialism. London: Routledge. xxii+260 [chosen by University Readers based in San Diego, USA in 2008 as one of the top ten references for teaching university students to think critically about the city and urban issues; Reviewed in Annals of the Association of American Geographers  99 (1): 223-225 (Jan 2009); The China Quarterly 194: 441-443 (June 2008); Canadian Geographer 52(4): 518-520 (Dec 2008); Regional Studies 42(10): 1400-1401 (Oct 2008); Urban Studies 46(13): 2936-2938 (Dec 2009); Journal of Regional Science 49(3): 585-587 (Aug 2009); Contemporary Sociology 38(2): 198-200 (March 2009)].

Lin, G.C.S. (1986)  Guangzhou chengshi fazhen fensi (Urban Development of Guangzhou: An Analysis), Guangzhou: People’s Publishing House of Guangdong Province. 128pp.

Yan, Xiaopei. Lin, George C.S.,  and Xu, Xueqiang  (1994)  Dili, quyi, and chengshi (Geography, Region,and City). Guangzhou: Advanced Education Press of Guangdong, 265pp. (widely used as a required reading by geography research postgraduate programmes in Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing University, and Sun Yat-sen University).

Articles in Internationally Refereed Journals

* Papers in journals listed in ISI’s database of SSCI (Social Science Citation Index)
CIF denotes Citation Impact Factor in the cumulative 25 years period 1981-2005 as listed in ISI Journal Performance Indicators 1981-2005, Hong Kong University Library.

*Lin, G.C.S. 2015. “Redevelopment of China’s Construction Land: Practicing Property Rights in Chinese Cities through Renewals.”  The China Quarterly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in press)).

*Lin, G.C.S. 2014. “China’s landed urbanization: state power reshuffling, land commodification, and municipal finance in the growth of metropolises.” Environment and Planning A  46(8): 1814-1835. London, UK: Pion.

*Lin, G.C.S. and Zhang, A.Y. M. 2015. “China’s metropolises in transformation: neoliberalizing politics, land commodification, and uneven development in Beijing” Urban Geography, London, UK: Routledge (in press).

*Liu, Tao and Lin, George C.S. 2014. “New geography of land commodification in Chinese cities: Uneven landscape of urban land development under market reforms and globalization.” Applied Geography, 51(July): 118-130. New York: Elsevier.

*Lin, G.C.S., Yang, F.F., Li, Xun, and Hu, F.X.Y. 2014. “Strategizing urbanism in the era of neoliberalization: power reshuffling, land development, and municipal finance in urbanizing China.” Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098013513644. London, UK: Routledge.

*Lin, G.C.S. and Zhang, A.Y.M. 2014. “Emerging space of neoliberal urbanism in China: land commodification, municipal finance, and local economic growth in prefecture-level cities.” Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098014528549. London, UK: Routledge.

*Wang, C.C. and Lin, G.C.S. 2013. “Dynamics of innovation in globalizing China: regional environment, inter-firm relations and firm attributes.” Journal of Economic Geography. 13 (3): 397-418. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

*Sun, Y., Zhou, Y., Lin, G.C.S. and Wei, Y.H.D. 2013. “Subcontracting and supplier innovativeness: evidence from China’s information and communication technology industry.” Regional Studies  47 (10): 1766-1784. London, UK: Routledge.

*Lin, G.C.S., Yang, F.F. and Hu, F.Z.Y. 2012. “The new geography of information and consulting services in China: comparing Beijing and Guangzhou.” Habitat International. 36 (4): 481-492. UK: Elsevier.

*Wang, C.C. and Lin, G.C.S. 2013. “Emerging geography of technological innovation in China’s ICT industry: region, inter-firm linkages and innovative performance in a transitional economy.”  Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 54 (1): 33-48. Oxford: Blackwell.

*Hu, F.Z.Y. and Lin, G.C.S. 2013. “Beyond state-market connection: regional institutional milieu and the transformation of state-owned enterprises in Northeast China.” Regional Studies. 47 (4): 563-579. London, UK: Routledge.

*Wang, C.C., Lin, G.C.S., Yang, F.F., and Ouyang, A. J.  2012. “State-firm strategic coordination and technological innovation in the software industry in China: a comparative study of Shanghai and Shenzhen.”  Issues & Studies 48 (4): 37-71.

*Lin, G.C.S. and Hu, F.Z.Y. 2011. “Getting the China story right: insights from national economic censuses.” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 52 (5): 712-746. Columbia, USA: Bellwether.

*Lin, G.C.S. 2011. “Urban China in transformation: hybrid economy, juxtaposed space, and new testing ground for geographical enquiries.” The Chinese Geographical Science, 21 (1): 1-16. Beijing: Science Press & Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

*Lin, G.C.S. and Yi, Francine 2011. “Urbanization of capital or capitalization on urban land: land development and municipal finance in urbanizing China.” Urban Geography, 32 (1): 50-79. Columbia, USA: Bellwether.

*Lin, G.C.S., Wang, C.C., Zhou, Y., Sun, Y., and Wei, Y.D. 2011. “Placing technological innovation in globalizing China: production linkage, knowledge exchange, and innovative performance of the ICT industry in a developing economy.” Urban Studies. 48 (14): 2999-3018. London, UK: Routledge.

*Zhou, Y., Sun, Y., Wei, Y.H., and Lin, G.C.S. 2011.  “De-centering spatial-fix—patterns of territorialization and regional technological dynamism of ICT hubs in China.”  Journal of Economic Geography. 11 (1):119-150. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

*Wei, Y.D., Zhou, Y., Sun, Y., and Lin, G.C.S.  2011. “Production and R&D networks of foreign ventures in China: implications for technological dynamism and regional development.” Applied Geography. 32 (1): 106-118. London: Elsevier.

*Hu, F.Z.Y. and Lin, G.C.S. 2011. “Situating regional advantage in geographical political economy: a case study of the adaptive capacities of state-owned enterprises in post-reform Guangzhou, China.”  Geoforum. 42 (6), Nov: 696-707. London: Elsevier.

*Wang, C., Lin, George C.S., and Hu, Z.Y. 2011. “The effect of industrial clustering upon technological innovation: a study of China’s ICT industry.” Dili Yanjiu (Geographic Research). 30 (3): in print. Beijing: Science Press (in Chinese).

Refereed Articles in Scholarly Books

Lin, G.C.S. and Li, X.  2015. “Land readjustment in urbanizing China: Local empowerment, profit concession, and redevelopment of village land in Chinese cities.” In Julia Tierney and Hu-Hung Hong (Eds), Land Readjustment and Governance in Developing Countries. New York: UN Habitat (in press).

Wang, Cassandra C. and Lin, George C.S. 2013. “A geography of innovation in isolation: knowledge spillover, technology transfer and innovation of firms in China’s software industry.”  In Philip Cooke, Glen Searle and Kevin O’Connor (Eds.)  The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region.  pp. 202-218. New York: Routledge.

Lin, George C.S. 2010. “The Pearl River Delta.” In C.Y. Jim (Ed.) New Geography of Hong Kong. Pp. 161-193; Hong Kong: Cosmos Books (July 2010).

Distinctions, Prizes and Awards

One of the Top 50 most cited economic geographers over the past half-century ranked by age-weighted Scopus h index (ranked No. 26) in Journal of Economic Geography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 10 (1), p.152, January 2010).

One of the Top 1% Scholars ranked according to ISI’s Essential Science Indicators, June 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014);>.

2011 China Geography Outstanding Service Award, China Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 26 April 2012, New York City, USA.

Zijiang Chair Professor awarded by East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 24th March 2010.

Qiushi Chair Professor awarded by Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, January 2014.

Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2001-2002 by The University of Hong Kong, 4 November 2002.

University Teaching Fellow 1997-98 by The University of Hong Kong, 1 December 1998.

Editorship of Scholarly Journals

* ISI-Listed International Journals

*Editorial Board Member, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (One of the top three journals in geography, flagship journal of the Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society of the UK), 1 January 2010-31 December 2012.

*Editorial Board Member, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (flagship journal of the Association of American Geographers), 1 January 2007-31 December 2015.

*Editorial Board Member, The Canadian Geographer (flagship journal of the Canadian Association of Geographers), 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2008 renewed to 31 December 2015.

*Editorial Board Member, Urban Geography (a top journal in urban geography), 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2015.

*Editorial Board Member, Chinese Geographical Science (the only ISI-listed geographical journal published in China), 1 January 2010-31 December 2015.

*Associate Editor, Eurasian Geography and Economics (No. 1 journal in Area Studies by impact factor 2007) January 2006 to present.

*Guest-editor (with Dennis Wei) for two theme issues on “China’s Restless Urban Landscapes” for the journal Environment and Planning A, one of the top ten internationally refereed journals in geography, Vol. 34, No. 9 and No. 10 published by Pion in London, UK, Sep and Oct. 2002.

*Guest-editor (with Henry Yeung) for a theme issue on “Economic geographies of Asia” for the journal Economic Geography, one of the most prestigious journals in the field with the 6th highest impact factor in Geography, Vol. 79, No. 2, published by Clark University in April 2003.

*Guest-editor (with Roger Chan) for a theme issue on “Hong Kong: Ten Years after the Handover” for the journal China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2008.

*Guest-editor for a theme issue on “Planning for China’s Great Cities” for the journal Progress in Planning Vol. 61, No. 3, June 2004 published by Elsevier in London.

*Associate Editor, Asian Geographer (an international refereed journal on Asian Geography).

Plenary, Guest Speaker, and Invited Presentations

17 December 2014: Distinguish Public Lecture titled “China’s continuing urban transformation” University of Amsterdam, The Netherland.

7 October 2014: Plenary speech titled “Sustaining China’s landed urbanization: Political economy of urban expansion in China’s 2nd and 3rd-tier cities” International Conference on Urbanization in China: China’s 2nd and 3rd-tier Cities: The new Eldorado?” French Institute of International Relations, Paris, France.

12 July 2014: Plenary speech titled “Land, Power, and Finance: Political Economy of Land Development in Urbanizing China” International Symposium on Urban Land Use, Transport, Environment, and Finance, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, July 12-13, 2014. Beijing: Peking University.

8 March 2014: Invited Presentation titled “Land, Power, and Finance: Political economy of land grabbing in urbanizing China.” International Symposium: Why we care about land grabbing in China?  Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.

30 November 2013: Plenary speech titled “Decentering geography and its new challenges to Chinese geographers” at The 2013 Annual Conference of the Geographical Society of China (South China), 30 November-2 December 2013, Guangzhou: Geographical Research Institute of Guangzhou.

16 November 2013: Plenary speech titled “Ideology, explanation, and knowledge production in critical geographic research” at National Conference for Post-doctoral Fellows in Geography, 16-17 November 2013, Guangzhou: Sun Yat-sen University.

14 July 2013: Plenary speech titled “Changing theoretical perspectives in human geography” at International Workshop of China Social and Cultural Geography, 12-16 July 2013, Guangzhou: South China Normal University.

25 June 2012: Plenary speech titled “Landed regional development in China under neoliberalization: state power reshuffling, land commodification, and local public finance in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou city-regions” at Global Conference 2012: Sustaining Regional Future organized by Regional Studies Association of the UK, 24-27 June 2012, Beijing, China.

17 March 2012: Plenary speech titled “Strategizing urbanism in the era of neoliberalization: power reshuffling, land development, and municipal finance in urbanizing China” at the International Conference of Urban Revolution in the Age of Global Urbanism, organized by 16-20 March 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia.

17 December 2011: Plenary speech titled “The rise of China and its new challenges to the studies of human geography” at The Fifth National Scholarly Salon on Human Geography, Guangzhou, China, 17-18 December 2011.

24 August 2010: Invited jointly by Sun Yat-sen University and University of Oregon as one of the four plenary speakers to deliver a plenary speech titled “Changing perspectives in economic geography” at an International Advanced Training Workshop on Progress in Human Geography held in Guangzhou, 23-25 August 2010.

25 September 2009: Invited by the University of British Columbia, Department of Geography, as one of the six distinguished alumni to deliver a plenary speech titled “Decentering geography in the globalizing world: celebrating UBC area studies tradition over fifty years.” UBC Geography at Fifty, Vancouver, Canada, 25 September 2009.

1 July 2009: Invited by East China Normal University, Shanghai, China to deliver my Zijiang Chair Professor Inauguration Speech titled “The rise of China: challenges and opportunities for the study of economic geography”, Shanghai, China, 1 July 2009.

7 January 2009: Invited by the Urban China Research Network to give a plenary speech titled “Understanding China’s urban land development” at the International Conference on Contemporary Urban China Research, Guangzhou, China, 6-8 January 2009.

19 December 2008: Invited by the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)’s Institute of Geographical Research to give a plenaryspeech titled “Playing with words or playing with numbers? The art and science of research in economic geography” at The Fourth National Scholarly Salon on Human Geography, Beijing, China, 19-20 December 2008.

23 April 2005: Plenary paper titled “Evolving urbanism and suburbanism in globalizing China: convergence or divergence?” at the International Conference on China’s Urban Development and Transformation in the 21st Century, Shanghai, China, 23-24 April 2005.

4-6 June 2001: Invited presentation titled “Chinese cities in transition: dual-track urbanization in a transitional socialist economy.” At the International Conference on Urbanizing World and UN Human Habitat II, New York: Columbia University.

Competitive Research Grants

*Competitive Earmarked Research Grants (GRF) awarded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 30 June 2013, Principal Investigator, “China’s urbanization in question: Mega events, overdrawn capital, and uneven urban transformation in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou city-regions” (HK$908,868), 1 January 2014-31 December 2016.

*National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Principal Investigator, “Redevelopment of State-owned enterprise occupied land and urban spatial restructuring: A comparative study of Beijing, Shenyang, and Guangzhou” (RMB$800,000+RMB250,000 matching from Shenzhen Municipality), 1 January 2013-31 December 2016.

*Australian Research Grants Council (ARC), awarded 31 October 2011, Co-Investigator, Collaborated with Carolyn Cartier, Liu Junde, Wing Shing Tang, and Hu De, “The Geography of power in China: Urban expansion and administrative empire.” (AU$183,000), 1 July 2012-30 June 2014.

*Competitive Research Grants Awarded by National Science Foundation of China, 22 August 2011, Co-Investigator, “Technological Innovation in China’s ICT Industry: A multi-scalar perspective.” (RMB 243,000), 1 January 2012-31 December 2014.

*Competitive Earmarked Research Grants Award by Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 30 June 2009, Principal Investigator, “China’s new dynamics of urbanization: land development and municipal finance in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou city-regions” (HK$932,434), 1 January 2010-31 December 2012.

*Competitive Research Grant by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Cambridge, MA, USA) China Programme International Fellowship, 10 September 2008, Principal Investigator, “Land development, municipal finance, and urban expansion in globalizing China: a study of the Guangzhou metropolis” (US$27,800), 1 January-31 December 2009 (the top proposal with the highest score and one of three proposals awarded out of a pool of 48 international submissions).