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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. The possibilities of cosmopolitan dialogue. Dialogues in Human Geography (accepted)

Qian J., Kong L. Buddhism Co. Ltd? Epistemology of religiosity, and the re-invention of a Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (online first)

Wei L, Qian J, Sun J. 2018. Self-orientalism, joke-work and host-tourist relations. Annals of Tourism Research, 68: 89-99.

Yin D, Qian J, Zhu H. 2017. Living in the “ghost city”: media discourses and the negotiation of home in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. Sustainability, 9(11), 2029, 1-14.

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

Kong L, Qian J. (2018). Postsecularity: A dialogue with religious life in Asia. In: Beaumont, J (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity. London: Routledge.​

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