[Roundtable] The Future of Urban Studies & Asia’s Place in It

9 November 2015 (Mon) , 10AM
At Dean's Office Exec Meeting Room, AS7 Shaw Foundation Building
Speaker(s): Professor John Hannigan

As co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of New Urban Studies which will be published by Sage, Professor John Hannigan (University of Toronto at Scarborough)is an ideal scholar with whom to discuss what is new and emergent in the field of urban studies. This roundtable event provides an opportunity for urbanists at NUS to discuss the cutting edge of urban studies and Asia’s position in the field. In addition to an introductory overview by Professor Hannigan, the event will include short commentaries by Dr. Lee Kah Wee (Architecture, NUS) and Dr. Nick Smith (Yale-NUS College).


John Hannigan is Professor of Sociology and Associate Chair, Graduate Studies (Sociology) at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses in cultural policy, urban political economy and environmental sociology. He has published three books: Environmental Sociology (1995, 2006, 2014), Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern City (1998) and Disasters without Borders: The International Politics of Natural Disasters (2012). Fantasy City was nominated for the 1999-2000 John Porter Award of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association. Environmental Sociology has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.
In his most recent book, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans (Polity Press, 2015), Dr Hannigan argues that our understanding of the deep depends on whether we see it primarily as a resource cornucopia, a global political chessboard, a shared commons, or a unique and threatened ecology. He is currently co-editing the SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies (with Greg Richards).