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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: 808 
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
Cultural economic geography

Research Grants

The Shanzhai (Copycat) Phenomenon and Grassroots Innovation in China’s Consumer Electronics Industry: A Cultural Economic Geography Approach. (Principal Investigator, Seed fund for basic research of The University of Hong Kong, Project Code: 201703159004, HKD 14,8000, 2017-2018).

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)


Qian, J. 2018. Re-visioning the public in post-reform urban China: poetics and politics in Guangzhou. Singapore: Springer

Journal articles

Qian J., Guo J. Migrants on exhibition: the emergence of Migrant Worker Museums in China as a neoliberal experimentation in governance. Journal of Urban Affairs (accepted)

Qian J., Kong L. When secular universalism meets pluralism: religious schools and the politics of school-based management in Hong Kong. Annals of the American Association of Geographers (accepted)

Kong, L., Qian, J. Knowledge circulation in urban geography/urban studies, 1990-2010: testing the discourse of Anglo-American hegemony through publication and citation patterns. Urban Studies (in press)

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. 2017. From an emerging market to a multifaceted urban society: Urban China studies. Urban Studies, 54(4): 827-846

Qian, J., Tang, X. 2017. Dilemma of modernity: interrogating cross-border ethnic identities at China’s Southwest frontier. Area, 49(1): 52-59

Qian, J. 2017. Beyond heteronormativity? Gay cruising, closeted experiences and self-disciplining subject in People’s Park, Guangzhou. Urban Geography, 38(5): 771-794.

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, pp. 462-479. 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

Tang Xueqiong, Qian Junxi, Yang Xihao. Examining festival culture and ethnic identity from the perspective of cross-border mobility: a case study of Huashan Festival at the Sino-Vietnamese borderland. Progress in Geography (accepted). [唐雪琼, 钱俊希, 杨茜好. 跨境流动视阈下的节庆文化与民族认同研究——中越边境苗族花山节案例. 地理科学进展(已接收)]

Gao Quan, Qian Junxi (corresponding author). (2017). Beliefs at the Margins: Religion, Social Transformation and Subjectivity Negotiation of Migrant-worker Christians. Taiwan Journal of Sociology, 61: 51-93 [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. 2017, 61: 51-94]

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
Member, Regional Studies Association
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
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Journal of Business Research
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
Journal of Transport Geography
Journal of Urban Affairs
Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Social & Cultural Geography
Urban Studies
Urban Geography