I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. Broadly, I am interested in urban development and redevelopment process, with a special focus on gentrification and place attachment. My current research explores a range of topics in this area, including the gentrification process during urban development and redevelopment and its impacts on the underprivileged, community attachment among public housing residents, the social and physical dimensions of place attachment, and the role of class, race, and culture in determining travel and health outcomes.
My dissertation topic will be focusing on gentrification. Gentrification has fundamentally reconstructed urban landscapes as well as social characteristics of many cities all over the world, especially with the emergence of neo-liberal urbanism and globalization. This phenomenon is particularly evident in China, where almost all cities are undergoing rapid development and redevelopment processes. Gentrification, as a byproduct of urban development and redevelopment, has broken the long-standing social network built by local residents and has displaced the residents, especially the underprivileged. However, compared with the remarkable upgrading of the built environment, the social consequences of gentrification have received little attention both in media and academic literature. I will investigate the social impacts of gentrification during urban development and redevelopment process in China.