International Workshop

Asian Urbanism and Urban Informality

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Date and TimeJune 30 (Fri), 2023, 14:40-17:40 (JST)
VenueOn-site: Saitama university (Theater room/総合研究棟・シアター教室)
Online via Zoom
TitleAsian Urbanism and Urban Informality
SpeakerⅠ. Frontier of Asian urban development
1. Circulating Asian Urbanism
Hyun Bang Shin (Professor of Geography and Urban Studies and Director of the Saw
Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, London School of Economics)

Ⅱ. New dynamism of urban informality in Asia
2. Diversification Strategies of 'Self' and Informality: A Case Study on Business Transaction Using Social Media Between Asian and African Countries
Sayaka Ogawa (Professor, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University)
3. Why was Duterte’s War on Drugs Justified? : Transformation of Spaces, Socialites, and Subjectivities in Metro Manila’
Wataru Kusaka (Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Discussant1. Dr. Zhe Ren (Research fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, IDE-JETRO)
2. Dr. Ai Hisano (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information
Studies, University of Tokyo)
3. Dr. Nazia Hussain (Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo)
ChairTamaki Endo (Professor, Saitama University)
Kenta Goto (Professor, Kansai University)

This will be a hybrid event with attendees welcome in person and via zoom. To register, (Deadline, June 28th, Wed)

With rapid and compressed development and urbanisation, Asian mega cities become global hubs of production, finance and consumption, attracting the global investors and emerging upper class, but at the same time, exhibiting the continuous expansion of the urban informality. Globalization, digitalization and neo-liberal order are further accelerating the socioeconomic transformation of these emerging cities. The workshop introduces cutting-edge researches on dynamism and dilemma of Asian urban development as well as new features of the urban informality.

Organizer:KAKEN Research Project “Informalizing Asia: Dynamics and dilemma of global mega cities”, (Grant-Aid for Scientific Research (A), Principle Investigator, Professor Tamaki Endo, Saitama University)
Co-organizer: Saitama University, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO)
Contact:Tamaki Endo, endo[at]