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Guo Chen

Former Fellow


    October 16, 2017 — September 3, 2018

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor of Geography and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University.

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Moving Slums: China’s Hidden Urban Realities and Beyond”

    Full Biography

    Guo Chen (Ph.D. in Geography, Pennsylvania State University) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, with a joint appointment at the Global Urban Studies Program, Michigan State University. Her areas of expertise are urban and economic geography, inequality and poverty, housing, and urbanization in China, emerging countries, and the Asia-Pacific. Her publications (close to forty journal articles and book chapters) focus on interpreting urban China’s landscape of poverty, inequality, and socio-environmental injustice. She also co-edited Locating Right to the City in the Global South (Routledge 2013) and “Interrogating unequal rights to the Chinese city”, a special issue for Environment and Planning A. Her forthcoming books and creative project will focus on documenting China’s urban poverty and hidden slums. Her work has been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation-DDRI, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Urban China Research Network, and MSU.

    Major Publications

    The Hidden Slum: A Documentary (Forthcoming)

    Urbanization and Income Inequality in Post-Reform China. PLoS ONE, Volume 11, Issue 7: e0158826, 2016.

    Interrogating Unequal Rights to the Chinese City” Special Issue (coedited with He, S.) Environment and Planning A, Volume 44, Issue 12, 2012


    China’s Waste Import Ban: A Wake-up Call, But for Who? China US Focus, 2018-6-22

    The Increasing Visibility of Inequality in Urban China, China US Focus, 2018-1-18