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Research Specialties

Urban & Econ Geography

Poverty, Inequality, & Justice

Slums and Migrant Housing and Welfare

Urbanization and Environment

Quantitative, Qualitative, & Creative Research Methods

China and Globalization

Asia-Pacific and Emerging Countries

Guo Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography & Global Urban Studies

Michigan State University

Ph.D., Geography, Pennsylvania State University

M.S. & B.S., Nanjing University

(Fellowship Leave 2017-18 and Sabbatical until 2019)

Guo Chen is Associate Professor of Geography and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University and holds a Ph.D. degree in Geography from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree and a B.S. in Econ. Geo. & Planning from Nanjing University. Dr. Chen received awards including a prestigious Wilson Center Fellowship in 2017-2018. She is a recipient of the ISS teaching excellence award at MSU. She has authored and co-authored close to forty publications (articles and chapters) with a research focus on inequality, urban poverty, housing, urbanization and land use, urban governance, and social and environmental justice in China, emerging countries, and the Asia-Pacific. Her articles have appeared in PLoS ONE, Scientific Reports, Environment and Planning A, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Cities, Area, Habitat International, Acta Geographica Sinica, and many other journals. She co-edited Locating Right to the City in the Global South (Routledge 2013) and Interrogating unequal rights to the Chinese city (Special Issue). Her research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Mellon Foundation-funded Urban China Research Network, and MSU (IRGP-New Faculty Grant, CASID, HARP, and DFI). Her current research projects include a new book on China’s urban poverty and a documentary on the hidden slums in China.

Dr. Chen served as secretary, vice-chair, and chair of the China Geography Specialty Group (CGSG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), 2012-2015, and received an Outstanding Service Award in 2020. She is elected faculty representative for East Asia on the MSU Asian Studies Advisory Council. She currently serves on the editorial boards of The Professional Geographer and Journal of Urban Affairs and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for over 40 academic journals. She has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses on economic geography and urban geography, globalization, poverty and inequality, people and environment, theories and methods in geography, Asia-Pacific and urban China. She has given TV interviews and written op-eds.

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