Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Junxi Qian

錢俊希 助理教授


Room 10.08

391 77461

Assistant Professor

B.Sc (Sun Yat-sen) ; Ph.D. (Edinburgh, UK)




Junxi is a social and cultural geographer who works at the intersection of geography, urban studies and cultural studies. He holds a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning from Sun Yat- sen University, China (2010), and a PhD in Human Geography from University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2013). Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Singapore Management University, Singapore, advised by Prof Lily Kong. Junxi's research interests include place politics, urban public space, modernity, religion, China's ethnic minorities/frontiers, and China's recent urban transformation. Most of his published works partake in one or several of these themes.

Research Interests
  • Public Space

  • Urban Studies & Urban Theory

  • Indigenous People & Indigenous Modernity

  • Religion

  • Cultural Economic Geography

  • Place and Place Politics 


6 credits

Structures, Processes and Mobilities of Human Populations

6 credits

Political Geography

6 credits

Encountering the City: Social and Cultural Perspectives

selected Publications

  Online First / Forthcoming  

  • Qian JX, An N. Urban theory between political economy and everyday urbanism: desiring machine and power in a saga of urbanization. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (forthcoming, IF2018=2.768) 

  • Qian JX, Florence E. Migrant worker museums in China: public cultures of migrant labor in state and grassroots initiatives. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (online first, IF2018=2.297) 

  • Zhu, H, Qian JX. New theoretical dialogues on migration in China: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (online first, IF2018=2.297) 


  • Lu YH, Qian JX (corresponding author). (2020) Towards a material approach in rural geography: Architectural experiments in China's rural renaissance and reconstruction movements. Geoforum, 116, 119-129 (IF2018=2.926)

  • Wang K, Qian JX, Liu L. (2020) Understanding environmental pollutions of informal e-waste clustering in Global South via multi-scalar regulatory frameworks:a case study of Guiyu town, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8): 2802 (IF2018=2.468)

  • Gao Q, Qian JX (corresponding author). (2020) Migrant workers in an era of religious revival: industrial capitalism, labour and Christianity in Shenzhen. The China Quarterly, 214: 62-86 (IF2018=2.236)

  • Qian JX. (2020) Geographies of public space: variegated publicness, variegated epistemologies. Progress in Human Geography, 44(1): 77-98 (IF2018=6.576)

  • Qian, JX, Wei, L. (2020) Development at the edge of difference: rethinking capital and market relations from Lugu Lake, Southwest China. Antipode, 52(1): 246-269 (IF2018=3.289)

  • Zhang H, Qian JX. (2020) This-worldly Buddhism: social media and religiosity in China. In: Gomes C, Woods O, Kong L (eds.), Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia: Faith, Flows and Fellowship, pp. 95-121. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press. 

  • Qian JX. (2020) Urban citizenship. In: Kobayashi, A (ed.), Ho, ELE (Section Editor), International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition, Vol. 14, pp. 33-37. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 


  • Qian JX, Lu YH. (2019) On the trail of comparative urbanism: square dance and public space in China. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, NS, 44(4): 692-706 (IF2018=3.789)

  • Yin D, Qian JX, Zhu H. (2019) Frontier development in the midst of ecological civilization: unravelling the production of maca in Yunnan, China. Geoforum, 106: 144-154 (IF2018=2.926)

  • Qian, J. and Tang, X. (2019) “Theorising Small City as Ordinary City: Rethinking Development and Urbanism from China’s Southwest Frontier.” Urban Studies, 56(6): 1215-1233. DOI: 10.1177/0042098018762925 (IF2018=3.272)

  • Qian, J. and Guo, J. (2019) “Migrants on Exhibition: The Emergence of Migrant Worker Museums in China as a Neoliberal Experiment on Governance.” Journal of Urban Affairs, 41(3): 305-323. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2017.1406788 (IF2018=1.115).

  • Qian, J. (2019) “Redeeming   the   Chinese   Modernity?   Zen   Buddhism, Culture-led Development, and Local Governance in Xinxing County, China.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 51(1): 187-205. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16687555 (IF2018=2.459).

  • Kong, L. and Qian, J. (2019) “Knowledge Circulation in Urban Geography/ Urban Studies, 1990- 2010: Testing the Discourse of Anglo-American Hegemony through Publication and Citation Patterns.” Urban Studies 56(1): 44-80. DOI: 10.1177/0042098017717205 (IF2018=3.272).

  • Qian, J. (2019) “Place Politics.” In Orum, A (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Urban and Regional Studies 3: 1479-1483. Oxford and Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

  • Qian, J and He, S. (2019) “The Right to the city: Theoretical Outline and Reflections on Migrants’ Activism in Post-reform Urban China.” In: T Schwanen, R van Kempen (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Geography 396-410. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Qian, J. (2019) “Making Urban Public Space amidst Modern Chinese Urbanism.” In: Yep, R, Wang, J & Johnson, T. (eds.), Handbook on Urban Development in China 156-170. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


  • Qian, J. (2018) “Re-visioning the Public in Post-reform Urban China: Poetics and Politics in Guangzhou.” Singapore: Springer.

  • Quan, G., Qian, J. (Corresponding Author) and Yuan, Z. (2018) “Multi-scaled Secularization or Postsecular Present? Christianity and Migrant Workers in Shenzhen, China.” Cultural Geographies 25(4): 553-570. DOI: 10.1177/1474474018762814 (IF2018=1.736).

  • Qian, J. (2018) “The Possibilities of Cosmopolitan Dialogue.” Dialogues in Human Geography 8(2): 138-142. DOI: 10.1177/2043820618780574 (IF2018=3.875).

  • Qian J. and Kong L. 2018. “When Secular Universalism Meets Pluralism: Religious Schools and the Politics of School-based Management in Hong Kong.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 108(3): 794-810. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1372175 (IF2018=3.037).

  • Qian, J. and Kong, L. (2018) “Buddhism Co. Ltd? Epistemology of Religiosity, and the Re-invention of a Buddhist Monastery in Hong Kong.” Environment and Planning D:  Society and Space 36(1): 159-177. DOI: 10.1177/0263775817733268 (IF2018=2.730).

  • Wei, L., Qian, J. and Sun, J. (2018) “Self-orientalism, Joke-work and Host-tourist Relations.” Annals of Tourism Research 68: 89-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2017.12.003 (IF2018=5.493).

  • Kong, L. and Qian, J. (2018) “Dialogue with Religious Life in Asia.” In: Beaumont, J (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity 258-268. London: Routledge.

  • Qian, J. (2018) “Towards Critical Urbanism: Urban Public Space in Modern China.” In: M Jayne (Ed.), Chinese urbanism: critical perspectives 17-29. London: Routledge

  • Lv, Z. and Qian J. 2018. “A Coffeehouse Neo-tribe in the making: Exploring a Fluid Cultural Public Space in Post-reform Chinese Urbanism.” In: A Hardy et al. (Eds.), Neo-Tribes - Consumption, Leisure and Tourism 51-67. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.


  • Yuan, Z., Qian, J. and Zhu, H. (2017) “The Xinjiang Class: Multi-ethnic Encounters in an Eastern Coastal City.” China Quarterly 232: 1094-1115. DOI: 10.1017/S0305741017001096 (IF2018=2.236).

  • Yin, D., Qian, J. and Zhu, H. (2017) “Living in the “Ghost City”: Media Discourses and the Negotiation of Home in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.” Sustainability 9(11): 2029. DOI: 10.3390/su9112029 (IF2018=2.592).

  • Qian, J. (2017) “Beyond Heteronormativity? Gay Cruising, Closeted Experiences and Self-disciplining Subject in People’s Park, Guangzhou.” Urban Geography 38(5): 771-794. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1139408 (IF2018=3.567).

  • He, S. and Qian, J. (2017) “From an Emerging Market to a Multifaceted Urban Society: Urban China Studies.” Urban Studies 54(4): 827-846. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016675826 (IF2018=3.272).

  • Qian, J. and Tang, X. (2017) “Dilemma of Modernity: Interrogating Cross-border Ethnic Identities at China’s Southwest Frontier.” Area 49(1): 52-59. DOI: 10.1111/area.12283 (IF2018=2.133).

  • He, S. and Qian, J. (2017) “New Frontiers in Researching Chinese Cities.” In: J Hannigan, G W Richards (Eds.), Handbook of New Urban Studies 462-479. London: Sage.


  • Qian, J. and Zhu, H. (2016) “Writing Tibet as Han Chinese Sojourners: The Discourses, Practices and Politics of Place in an Era of Post-reform Development.” Geographical Journal 182(4): 418-428. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12176 (IF2018=2.357).

  • Qian, J. and Zhu, H. (2016) “Han Chinese “Drifters” in Lhasa: The Ambivalent Cultural Politics of Tibetanness Amidst China’s Geographies of Modernity.” Social and Cultural Geography 17(7): 892-912. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1139170 (IF2018=2.043).

  • Qian, J. (2016) “Disciplined Mobility and Migrant Subalternity: The Politics of Motorcycle Taxis in Guangzhou.” In: Wang, D. G. and He, S. J. (Eds.), Mobility, Sociability and Wellbeing of Urban Living 23-48. Berlin: Springer.


  • Qian, J. (2015) “No Right to the Street: Motorcycle Taxis, Discourse Production and the Regulation of Unruly Mobility.” Urban Studies 52(15): 2922-2947. DOI: 10.1177/0042098014539402 (IF2018=3.272).

  • Zhu, H. and Qian, J.  (2015) “Drifting” in Lhasa: Cultural Encounter, Contested Modernity and the Negotiation of Tibetanness.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 105(1): 144-161. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2014.962975 (IF2018=3.037)

Last Update: September 2019

  • 2014
    Excellent Research Output Prize, third-tier, awarded by National Tourism Administration, P. R. China

  • 2015 
    Best Paper Award, China Tourism Research Annual Conference, awarded by Tourism Tribune

  • 2015 
    Best Paper Prize, LEWI Urban Conference, awarded by LWEI Institute of East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

  • 2016 
    Excellent Research Prize in Social Sciences, second-tier, awarded by Guangdong Provincial Government

  • 2017 
    Excellent Research Output Prize, first-tier, awarded by Urban Geography Specialty Committee, Chinese Geographical Society

  • 2017 
    Excellent Research Output Award for Higher Education Institutions, second-tier, awarded by Ministry of Education, P. R. China

  • 2018 
    Area Prize for New Research in Geography, awarded by Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers and Wiley Blackwell

  • 2018 
    Wu Chuanjun Award for Excellent Papers in Human and Economic Geography, first-tier, awarded by Chinese Geographical Society

Research Grants

As Principal Investigator (PI)

  1. China’s Emerging Geographies of Religion: Market Culture and the making of Entrepreneurial Religion in Mahayana Buddhism. (Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Research Grants Council – General Research Fund, Project No. 17604319, HK$ 728,102, 2019-2022).


  2. Geographies of religion: Market Culture and the making of Entrepreneurial Religion in Chinese Buddhism. (Principal Investigator, Seed Fund for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong, HK$ 56,000, 2018-2019).


  3. Pathways of Indigenous Modernisation in Ethnic minority Regions (Principal Investigator, Adjunct Researcher Grant, Department of Human Resources, Yunnan Provincial Government and Southwest Forestry University, CN¥400,000, 2018-2023).


  4. Cultural Mechanisms and Spatial Processes of Local Technological Innovation: A Cultural Economic Geographical Perspective. (Principal Investigator, Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41871124, CN¥ 575,000, 2019-2022).



  5. Rural Renaissance and Reconstruction Movement in China: Culture-based Intervention, Post-rurality, Planetary Urbanisation. (Principal Investigator, Hui Oi Chow Trust Fund, HK$ 85,000, 2018-2020).

  6. The Shanzhai (Copycat) Phenomenon and Grassroots Innovation in China’s Consumer Electronics Industry: A Cultural Economic Geography Approach. (Principal Investigator, Seed fund for basic research, The University of Hong Kong, No. 201703159004, HKD 148,000, 2017-2019).

  7.  Spatial Practices and the Social Construction of Public Space in the Post-reform Context: The Case of Guangzhou. (Principal Investigator, Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41401139, CN¥230,000, 2015-2017).

  8. The Meanings and Practices of Public Space from the Perspective of Social Constructionism: A Study of Three Social Groups in Guangzhou. (Principal Investigator, Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, No. 2014A030310295, CN¥100,000, 2015-2017).

  9. The Social Construction of Public Space in Transitional Guangzhou (Principal Investigator, Department of Education, Guangdong Province, No. 2014KQNCX060, CN¥60,000, 2015-2016).

As Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

  1. Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road. (Co-PI, Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), C7052-18GF, UGC/RGC Hong Kong, Project Coordinator: David Palmer, HK$ 6,252,078, 2019-2022).

  2. Regional Integration and Development based on the Perspective of Human-place: Social Construction of Nature in Transitional Guangdong. (Co-PI, Collaborative Research Scheme, Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, 2018B030312004, CN¥3,000,000, 2019-2023).

As Co-Investigator (Co-I)

  1. Human-place Interaction and the Negotiation of Place for Urban Migrants in the context of Globalization: A Study of the Pearl River Delta. (Co-investigator, Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 4163000170, CN¥2,500,000, 2017-2021).

  2. Mobility, Production of Space and the Construction of Culture: A Study of Cross-border Ethnic Groups in Yunnan. (First Co-investigator, Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41261031, CN¥480,000, 2013-2016).

  3. New Migrants’ Practices and Negotiation of Place in the context of the New Urbanization Agenda: A Case Study of the Pearl River Delta. (First co-investigator, Department of Education, Guangdong Province, No. 2014KZDXM026, CN¥200,000, 2015-2017).

  4. Regional Response to Globalization: The Case of Guangdong. (Co-investigator, Project 973 Research Grant, Ministry of Science and Technology, No. 2014CB460614, CN¥680,000, 2014-2016).