My research lies at the intersection of urban geography and cultural politics, centring on state-society relations amidst the cultural turn of Asian cities. My long-term research interest dwells on the always on-going process of (re-)territorialisation in the making of cultural cities, that is, how the intertwined political and economic logics put human and non-human things on the move, resulting in ceaseless re-configuration of territory, economy and workforce. I strive to construct a conceptual reading on territorialisation along two lines of inquiries:
Territorialisation of creative labour and precarity.
Territoriality, networked expertise and assembled sovereignty
Cultural cities/creative cities, culture-led urban development Social relations in urban redevelopment, gentrification, neoliberalization Public housing, citizenship and flow of population
Housing policy and society Urbanization in Chinese cities Cultural/creative cities
Australian Research Council Discovery Projects, Culture Economy Development: UNESCO and the Making of Global Cultural Policy, Partner-Investigator of Asia, AUD569,493
Urban Studies Foundation (UK), Urban Studies Foundation (UK), “Polarisation, Fragmentation and Resilience: Four Urban Contexts Compared”, CO-I, 2017.
Research Grants Council General Research Fund (Hong Kong), "I want this place to survive and thrive": Territorialisation, moral citizenship, mobile creative workforce in China, 2014 to 2015, PI, HKD530,920
Research Grants Council General Research Fund (Hong Kong), Making cultural cities in China - Policy mobility, assemblage and mutation, 2012 to 2013, PI, HKD560,600
National Social Science Foundation 2014 (Key Research project in Liberal Art): Cultural Mobility and Cultural Innovation in Emerging Cities, CO-I
National Natural Science Foundation: Artistic Geography and the artistic intervention in current urbanization in China. CO-I
Research Grants Council General Research Fund (Hong Kong), Cultural Regeneration of Archaic Industrial Buildings, Co-I, 2009-10
Research Grants Council General Research Fund (Hong Kong), The Conservation of Cultural Heritage Assets in China: The Changing Role of the State in the Fast-Growing Metropolises of Guangzhou and Shanghai, CO-I, 2009-10
Wang, June, Oakes, Tim, & Yang, Yan. (Eds.). (2016). Making Cultural Cities in Asia: Mobility, assemblage, and the politics of aspirational urbanism. London Routledge.
Yep, Ray; Jonathan, Thomas; Wang, June (forthcoming) EE Handbook on Urban China. London: Edward Elgar.
Wang, June, Ray Forrest, and Paolo Cardullo, (contracted). Smart Cities, Smart Citizens? Power and Participation in the Digital City. Palgrave Macmillan.
Rossi, Ugo and June Wang. 2020. "Urban Entrepreneurialism 2.0 or the Becoming South of the Urban World." Environment and Planning A-Economy and Space 52(3):483-89.
He, Shenjing and Jun Wang. 2019. "State-Led Creative/Cultural City Making and Its Contestations in East Asia: A Multi-Scalar Analysis of the Entrepreneurial State and the Creative Class." Geoforum 106:305-09.
Wang, June, T. C. Chang and Justin O'Connor. 2020. "Subcultures as Urban Chic: The Worlding Asian Cities." City, Culture and Society 20:100330.
He, Shenjing, Junxi Qian, and June Wang. 2019. "Rural migrants in transitional urban China: Marginality, agency and social justice." Journal of Urban Affairs 41 (3): 281-281.
Wang, J. online first. Understanding Scalar Politics through the Framework of Relational Archipelagos: The Case of Shenzhen Fair. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research.
Zhang, Xu, and June Wang. Online first. "Transborder film production between mainland China and Hong Kong after CEPA: the interplay between political orientation and market forces " Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie.
Wang, June, and Xu Zhang. Online first. "The geopolitics of knowledge circulation: the situated agency of mimicking in/beyond China." Eurasian Geography and Economics.
Lin, Shaun, Yang Yang, Henryk Alff, Mark R. Frost, Marina Kaneti, Tim Oakes, Jonathan Rigg, Alessandro Rippa, June Wang, and Tim Winter. Online first. "Review forum reading Tim Winter's Geocultural Power: China's Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century." Political Geography: 102297.
Rossi, Ugo, and June Wang. 2020. "Urban entrepreneurialism 2.0 or the becoming south of the urban world." Environment and Planning a-Economy and Space 52 (3): 483-489.
Wang, June and Yujing Tan. 2020. "Social Factory as Prosaic State Space: Redefining Labour in China’s Mass Innovation/Mass Entrepreneurship Campaign." Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 52(3):510-31.
Sellar, Christian, Martin Jones, June Wang, Christopher Gaffney, Merje Kuus, Joe Painter, Paul C. Adams, and Sami Moisio. 2020. "Reading Sami Moisio’s Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy." Political Geography 80:102216.
Wang, June, T. C. Chang, and Justin O'Connor. 2020. "Subcultures as urban chic: The worlding Asian cities." City, Culture and Society 20.
He, Shenjing, and Jun Wang. 2019. "State-led creative/cultural city making and its contestations in East Asia: A multi-scalar analysis of the entrepreneurial state and the creative class." Geoforum 106: 305-309.
Wang, June and Li Chen. 2019. "Guerrilla Warfare, Flagship Project: The Spatial Politics of Chinese Rock in Shenzhen’s Post-Political Making of a Musical City." Geoforum 106:349-57.
Wang, June. 2019. "Relational Heritage Sovereignty: Authorization, Territorialization and the Making of the Silk Roads." Territory, Politics, Governance 7(2):200-16.
Wang, June and Mingye Li. 2019. "Mobilising the Welfare Machine: Questioning the Resurgent Socialist Concern in China’s Public Rental Housing Scheme." International Journal of Social Welfare 28(3):318-32.
Wang, June. (2019). Manufacturing towns in China: the governance of rural migrant workers. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 1-3.
He, Shenjing, Lingyue Li, Yong Zhang and Jun Wang. 2018. "A Small Entrepreneurial City in Action: Policy Mobility, Urban Entrepreneurialism, and Politics of Scale in Jiyuan, China." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 42(4):684-702.
Wang June. 2018. Review: Mary Ann O’Donnell, Winnie Wong, and Jonathan Bach (eds.), Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 283 pp. China Perspectives: 51-52.
Wang, June and Si-Ming Li. 2017. "State Territorialization, Neoliberal Governmentality: The Remaking of Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen, China." Urban Geography 38(5):708-28.---- adopted in “Routledge Geography Article Collection 2017”.
Li, Si-ming, Hung-ha Cheng, and Jun Wang. (2014). “Making a Cultural Cluster in China: A Study of Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen." Habitat International 41, no. 0: 156-64.
Wang, Jun, and Stephen Lau. (2013). “Hierarchical Production of Privacy: Gating in Compact Living in Hong Kong." Current Urban Studies 1, no. 2: 11-18.
Wang, Jun. (2013). “Evolution of Cultural Clusters in China: Comparative Study of Beijing and Shanghai." Architectoni.ca: Journal of Canadian Centre of Academic Art and Science, no. 2: 148-59.
Wang, Jun. (2012). “The Developmental State in the Global Hegemony of Neoliberalism: A New Strategy for Public Housing in Singapore." Cities 29, no. 6: 369-78.
Lau, SSY, Feng Yang, Joyce Tai, Xiaolin Wu, and Jun Wang. (2011). “The Study of Summer-Time Heat Island, Built Form and Fabric in a Densely Built Urban Environment in Compact Chinese Cities: Hong Kong, Guangzhou." International Journal of Sustainable Development 14, no. 1: 30-48.
Wang, Jun, and Stephen Siu Yu Lau. (2009). “Gentrification and Shanghai’s New Middle-Class: Reflection on Cultural Consumption Thesis." Cities 26, no. 2: 57-66.
Wang, Jun. (2009). “'Art in Capital': Shaping Distinctiveness in a Culture-Led Urban Regeneration Project in Red Town, Shanghai." Cities 26, no. 6: 318-30.
Wang, Jun, and Stephen Siu Yu Lau. (2008). “Forming Foreign Enclaves in Shanghai: State Action in Globalization." Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 23, no. 2: 103-18.
Wang, Jun. (2006). “Residential Differentiation: The Mapping of Young Professionals’ Life Styles and Their Housing Location Choices in Transitional Shanghai." Projection: MIT Journal of Planning 5: p68-87.
Lau, Stephen Siu Yu, Jun Wang, and Leslie Lam Lu. (2003). “Sustainable Development in Hong Kong: A Review of Policy, Practices in Building Design and Construction." International Journal Of Urban Science 7, no. 2: 169-79.
Selected Book Chapters
Wang, J. (2020). The Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Work: Mobility of the Creative Workforce. In. Lily Kong and Anjeline de Dios (Eds.) Geographies of Creativity. UK: Edward Elgar
Yep, R., Wang, J. & Johnson, T., (2019). Introduction to the EE Handbook on Urban Development in China. In R. Yep, T. Johnson & J. Wang (Eds.), EE Handbook on Urban Development in China (pp.1-21). London: Edward Elgar.
Wang, J., & Chen, L. (2019). Geography of Chinese Rock and Roll: Cultural, Political and Economic Forces Intertwined. In R. Yep, J. Wang & T. Jonathan, (Eds.), EE Handbook on Urban Development in China （pp. 202-218）. London: Edward Elgar.
Wang, J., & Li, Y. (2018). Creativity and Chinese urbanism: the moral atmosphere of Lishui Barbizon. In M. Jayne (Ed.), Chinese urbanism: critical perspectives (pp. 208-219). London and New York: Routledge.
Wang, J. (2016). Assemblage Urbanism. In A. M. Orum (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. London: Blackwell.