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Dr Junxi Qian 錢俊希 助理教授

B.Sc Sun Yat-sen ; Ph.D. Edinburgh, UK
Assistant Professor

Office: 910 
Phone: +852 3917-7461


Junxi is a social and cultural geographer who works at the intersection of geography, urban studies and cultural studies. He holds a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning from Sun Yat- sen University, China (2010), and a PhD in Human Geography from University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2013). Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Singapore Management University, Singapore, advised by Prof Lily Kong. Junxi's research interests include place politics, urban public space, modernity, religion, China's ethnic minorities/frontiers, and China's recent urban transformation. Most of his published works partake in one or several of these themes.

Research Interest

Urban public space
Urban China (political economies & cultural logics)
Place & place politics
Ethnic minorities/frontiers

Research Grants

Spatial practices and the social construction of public space in the post-reform context: the case of Guangzhou (Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation of China, No. 41401139, CN¥230, 000, 2015-2017)

Mobility, production of space and the construction of culture: a study of cross-border ethnic groups in Yunnan (First Co-investigator, National Science Foundation of China, No. 41261031, CN¥480, 000, 2013-2016)

Human-place interaction and the negotiation of place for urban migrants in the context of globalization: a study of the Pearl River Delta (Co-investigator, National Science Foundation of China, No. 4163000170, CN¥2.5 million, 2017-2021)

The meanings and practices of public space from the perspective of social constructionism: a study of three social groups in Guangzhou (Principal Investigator, Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, No. 2014A030310295, CN¥100, 000, 2015-2017)

The social construction of public space in transitional Guangzhou (Principal Investigator, Department of Education, Guangdong Province, No. 2014KQNCX060, CN¥60, 000, 2015-2016)

New migrants’ practices and negotiation of place in the context of the New Urbanization Agenda: A case study of the Pearl River Delta (First co-investigator, Department of Education, Guangdong Province, No. 2014KZDXM026, CN¥ 200, 000, 2015-2017)

Regional Response to globalization: the case of Guangdong (Co-investigator, Project 973 Research Grant, Ministry of Science and Technology, No. 2014CB460614, CN¥680, 000, 2014-2016)

Journal articles

Qian, J. Redeeming the Chinese modernity? Zen Buddhism, culture-led development, and local governance in Xinxing County, China. Environment and Planning A. (in press)

Yuan, Z., Qian, J., Zhu H. The Xinjiang Inland Class: Multi-ethnic encounters and spaces of prescription and negotiation in an eastern coastal city. The China Quarterly (in press)

He, S., Qian, J. From an emerging market to a multifaceted urban society: Urban China studies. Urban Studies (in press)

Qian, J., Tang, X. Dilemma of modernity: interrogating cross-border ethnic identities at China’s Southwest frontier. Area (in press)

Qian, J. Beyond heteronormativity? Gay cruising, closeted experiences and self-disciplining subject in People’s Park, Guangzhou. Urban Geography. (in press)

Qian, J., Zhu, H. 2016. Writing Tibet as Han Chinese sojourners: the discourses, practices and politics of place in an era of post-reform development. The Geographical Journal, 182(4): 418-428

Qian, J., Zhu, H. 2016. Han Chinese “drifters” in Lhasa: The ambivalent cultural politics of Tibetanness amidst China’s geographies of modernity. Social & Cultural Geography, 17(7): 892-912.

Qian, J. 2015. No right to the street: motorcycle taxis, discourse production and the regulation of unruly mobility. Urban Studies, 52(15): 2922-2947.

Zhu, H., Qian, J. 2015. “Drifting” in Lhasa: cultural encounter, contested modernity and the negotiation of Tibetanness. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(1): 144-161.

Qian, J. 2014. Public space in non-Western contexts: practices of publicness and the socio-spatial entanglement. Geography Compass, 8(11): 834-847.

Qian, J. 2014. From performance to politics? Constructing public and counterpublic in the singing of red songs. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(5): 602-628.

Yuan, Z., Qian, J., Zhu, H. 2014. Between God and Caesar? Christianity, ethnic identity and the resistant politics in Shimenkan, China. Environment and Planning A, 46(7): 1620-1637.

Zhu, H., Chen, X., Qian, J. 2014. Charting the development of social and cultural geography in Mainland China: Voices from the inside. Social & Cultural Geography, 15(3): 255-283.

Qian, J. 2014. Performing the public man: cultures and identities in China’s grassroots leisure class. City & Community, 13(1): 26-48.

Qian, J., Zhu, H. 2014. Chinese urban migrants’ sense of place: emotional attachment, identity formation, and place dependence in the city and community of Guangzhou, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55(1): 81-101.

Qian, J. 2014. Narrating the trope of abnormality: the making of closeted experiences in gay public cruising. Geoforum, 52: 157-166.

Qian, J. 2014. Deciphering the prevalence of neighborhood enclosure in post-1949 Chinese cities: a critical synthesis. Journal of Planning Literature, 29(1): 3-19.

Qian, J., He, S., Liu, L. 2013. Aestheticisation, rent-seeking, and rural gentrification amidst China's rapid urbanisation: the case of Xiaozhou village, Guangzhou. Journal of Rural Studies, 32: 331-345.

Qian, J., Qian, L., Zhu, H. 2012. Representing the imagined city: place and the politics of difference during Guangzhou's 2010 language conflict. Geoforum, 43(5): 905-915.

Qian, J., Wei, L., Zhu, H. 2012. Consuming the tourist gaze: imaginative geographies and the reproduction of sexuality in Lugu Lake. Geografiska Annaler Series B: Human Geography, 94(2): 107-124.
Qian, J., He, S. 2012. Rethinking social power and the right to the city amidst China's emerging urbanism. Environment and Planning A, 44(12): 2801-2816.

Qian, J., Qian, L., Zhu, H. 2012. Subjectivity, modernity and the politics of difference in a peri-urban village in China: towards a progressive sense of place? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30(6): 1064-1082.

Qian, J., Feng, D., Zhu, H. 2012. Tourism-driven urbanization in China's small town development: a case study of Zhapo Town, 1986-2003. Habitat International, 32(1): 152-160.

Qian, J., Zhu, H., Liu, Y. 2011. Investigating urban migrants' sense of place from a multi-scalar perspective. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31 (2): 170-183.

Zhu, H., Qian, J., Feng, L. 2011. Negotiating place and identity after change of administrative division. Social & Cultural Geography, 12(2): 143-158.

Zhu, H., Qian, J., Gao, Y. 2011. Globalization and the production of city image in Guangzhou's metro station advertisement. Cities, 28(3): 221-229.

Book chapters

Qian, J. (2017) Making urban public space in modern China. In: Yep, R et al. (eds.), Handbook of Urban Development in China. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Lv Z., Qian J. (2017). A coffeehouse neo-tribe in the making: exploring a fluid cultural public space in post-reform Chinese urbanism. In: A Hardy et al. (Eds.), Neo-Tribes - Consumption, Leisure and Tourism. New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Qian J. (2017). Towards critical urbanism: theorising the urban public in modern China. In: M Jayne (Ed.), Chinese urbanism: everyday critical perspectives. London: Routledge

Qian, J., He, S. (2017). The right to the city: theoretical outline and reflections on migrants’ activism in post-reform urban China. In: R van Kempen, T Schwanen (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Geography. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

He, S., Qian, J. (2017). New Frontiers in Researching Chinese Cities. In: J Hannigan, G W Richards (Eds.), Handbook of New Urban Studies. London: Sage

Qian, J. (2017). Place Politics. In A Orum (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell

Qian, J. 2016. Disciplined mobility and migrant subalternity: the politics of motorcycle taxis in Guangzhou. In: D G Wang, S J He (Eds.), Mobility, Sociability and Wellbeing of Urban Living, pp. 23-48. Berlin: Springer

Book Review

Qian, J. Review of “Tea Production, land use politics, and ethnic minorities: Struggling over dilemmas in China’s southwest frontier”, By Po-Yi Huang. In: Journal of Borderlands Studies, 2016, forthcoming

Selected publications in Chinese

Gao Quan, Qian Junxi. Beliefs at the Margins: Religion, Social Transformation and Subjectivity Negotiation of Migrant-worker Christians. Taiwan Journal of Sociology (accepted) [高權, 錢俊希. 十字架下的「農民工」:宗教、社會轉型與民工基督徒主體性的協商. 台灣社會學刊. 已接收]

Tang Xueqiong, Yang Xihao, Qian Junxi. Meanings and practices of borders from the perspective of cross-border mobility: A case study of Village X, Hekou, Yunnan at the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands. Geographical Research, 2016, 35(8): 1535-1546 [唐雪琼, 杨茜好, 钱俊希. 流动性视角下边界的空间实践及其意义 ——以云南省河口县中越边境地区 X 村为例. 地理研究, 2016, 35(8): 1535-1546]

Qian Junxi, Zhang Han. Imagination, Performance and Power: The construction of otherness in the process of travel in Tibet. Tourism Tribune, 2016, 31(6): 82-93 [钱俊希, 张瀚. 想象、展演与权力:西藏旅游过程中的“他者性”建构. 旅游学刊, 2016, 31(6): 82-93]

Wei Lei, Qian Junxi, Zhu Hong. Whose Authenticity? Tourist Gaze and Local Identities in Lugu Lake. Tourism Tribune, 2015, 30(8): 66-76[魏雷,钱俊希,朱竑. 谁的真实性?泸沽湖的旅游凝视与本土认同. 旅游学刊, 2015, 30(8): 66-76]

Qian Junxi, Yang Jin, Zhu Hong. The construction of placeness and identity in the context of China's emerging modernity: A case study of Han Chinese "drifters" in Lhasa, Tibet. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2015, 70(8): 1281-1295 [钱俊希, 杨瑾, 朱竑. 现代性语境下地方性与身份认同的建构——以拉萨“藏漂”群体为例. 地理学报, 2015, 70(8): 1281-1295]

Qian Junxi, Zhu Hong. Theoretical unity and thematic diversity in new cultural geography. Geographical Research, 2015, 34(3): 422-436 [钱俊希, 朱竑. 新文化地理学的理论统一性与话题多样性. 地理研究, 2015, 34(3): 422-436]

Qian Junxi, Zhu Hong. Constructed abnormality and the production of Gay’s social space: A case study of Guangzhou’s Gay “fishing group”. Human Geography, 2014, 229(3): 35-43 [钱俊希, 朱竑. “非正常”的文化标签下“同志”社会空间的生产——以广州市X公园“同志渔场”为例. 人文地理, 2014, 29(3): 35-43]

Qian Junxi. Theoretical perspectives on place and the implications for tourism research. Tourism Tribune, 2013, 28(3):5-7 [钱俊希. 地方性研究的理论视角及其对旅游研究的启示. 旅游学刊, 2013, 28(3): 5-7]

Yuan Zhenjie, Qian Junxi, Zhu Hong. Micro-politics and the socio-cultural reconstruction of religious space: A case study of the Christian church in Shimenkan, Weining, Mainland China. Journal of Geographical Science(National Taiwan University), 2013, 70:47-67[袁振傑,錢俊希,朱竑. 微觀政治視角下的宗教空間的社會與文化建構——以中國大陸威甯石門檻基督教會為例. 地理學報(臺灣), 2013, 70: 47-67]

He Shenjing, Qian Junxi, Xu Yuxuan, Liu Bin. Spatial-temporal Evolution of Rural Gentrification amidst Rapid Urbanization: A Case Study of Xiaozhou Village, Guangzhou. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2012, 67(8):1044-1056 [何深静, 钱俊希, 徐雨璇, 刘斌. 快速城市化背景下乡村绅士化的时空演变特征. 地理学报, 2012, 67(8): 1044-1056]

Zhu Hong, Qian Junxi, Lv Xuping. Place identity and sense of place in the context of urban spatial transformation:A case study of Xiaozhou village in Guangzhou, China. Scientia Geographica Sinica, 2012, 32(1): 18-24 [朱竑, 钱俊希, 吕旭萍. 城市空间变迁背景下的地方感知与身份认同研究—以广州小洲村为例. 地理科学, 2012, 32(1): 18-24]

Qian Junxi, Qian Liyun, Zhu Hong. A global sense of place: theoretical framework and a case study of Guangzhou. Human Geography, 2011, 26(6):40-44 [钱俊希, 钱丽芸, 朱竑. 全球的地方感理论评述与广州案例解读. 人文地理, 2011, 26(6): 40-44]

He Shenjing, Qian Junxi, Wu Minhua. Studentification in urban village: A case study of Xiadu Village, Guangzhou. Geographical Research, 2011, 30(8): 1508-1519 [何深静, 钱俊希, 吴敏华. “学生化”的城中村社区—基于广州下渡村的实证分析. 地理研究, 2011, 30(8): 1508-1519]

Tang Xueqiong, Qian Junxi, Chen Lanxue. Cultural adaption and reconstruction of minority festival activities in tourism development: A case study of Hani Long- Street banquet[J]. Geographical Research, 2011, 30(5): 835-844 [唐雪琼, 钱俊希, 陈岚雪. 旅游影响下少数民族节日的文化适应与重构—基于哈尼族长街宴演变的分析. 地理研究, 2011, 30(5): 835-844]

Zhu Hong, Qian Junxi, Chen Xiaoliang. Place and identity: the rethink of place of European-American human geography. Human Geography, 2010, 25(6):1-6 [朱竑, 钱俊希, 陈晓亮. 地方与认同: 欧美人文地理学对地方的再认识. 人文地理, 2010, 25(6): 1-6]

Other academic activities

Member, The Association of American Geographers
Editorial Board, Palgrave Communications (2015-)

Grant proposal reviewer
National Science Foundation of China (2016-) (国家自然科学基金委通讯评审专家)

Journal reviewer
Asian Geographer
Asia Pacific Viewpoint
City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action
City & Community
Environment and Planning A
Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
Geografiska Annaler Series B: Human Geography
Habitat International
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
Journal of Transport Geography
Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Social & Cultural Geography
Urban Studies
Urban Geography