Jiang Chang

Jiang  Chang
  • Ph.D.
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Urban Development and Redevelopment Processes, Gentrification, Social Justice and Equity


My dissertation topic will be focusing on gentrification. Gentrification has fundamentally reconstructed urban landscapes as well as the social characteristics of many cities all over the world, especially with the emergence of neoliberal 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 the urban development and redevelopment process in China.