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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

Quan Gao, Qian J (corresponding author), Yuan Z. Multi-scaled secularization or postsecular present? Christianity and migrant workers in Shenzhen, China. Cultural Geographies (online first)

Qian J, Tang X. Theorising small city as ordinary city: rethinking development and urbanism from China’s southwest frontier. Urban Studies (online first)

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

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

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 (online first)

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

Qian J., Kong L. 2018. When secular universalism meets pluralism: religious schools and the politics of school-based management in Hong Kong. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(3): 794-810

Qian J., Kong L. 2018. Buddhism Co. Ltd? Epistemology of religiosity, and the re-invention of a Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36(1): 159-177.

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

Yuan, Z., Qian, J. 2017. Zhu H. The Xinjiang Class: Multi-ethnic encounters in an eastern coastal city. The China Quarterly, 232: 1094-1115.

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

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., 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. Dialogue with religious life in Asia. In: Beaumont, J (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity. London: Routledge.

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

Qian, J., He, S. 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

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

Qian J. (2018). Towards critical urbanism: urban public space in modern China. In: M Jayne (Ed.), Chinese urbanism: critical perspectives, pp. 17-29. London: Routledge

Lv Z., Qian J. (2018). 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, pp. 51-67. New York: Palgrave MacMillan

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. 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

Excellent Research Output Prize, third-tier, awarded by National Tourism Administration, P. R. China;

Best Paper Award, China Tourism Research Annual Conference, awarded by Tourism Tribune;

Best Paper Prize, LEWI Urban Conference, awarded by LWEI Institute of East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University;

Excellent Research Prize in Social Sciences, second-tier, awarded by Guangdong Provincial Government;

Excellent Research Output Prize, first-tier, awarded by Urban Geography Specialty Committee, Chinese Geographical Society;

Excellent Research Output Award for Higher Education Institutions, second-tier, awarded by Ministry of Education, P. R. China;

Area Prize for New Research in Geography, awarded by Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers and Wiley Blackwell;

Wu Chuanjun Award for Excellent Papers in Human and Economic Geography, first-tier, awarded by Chinese Geographical Society;