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Hui-Chun Liu


Huichun.jpgHui-Chun Liu

Department of Geography
University College London
North-West Wing
Gower Street








2002 LL.B., National Taiwan University

2008 MSc in Sociology, National Taiwan University


2007-2008 Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning Foundation, National Taiwan University

2008-2009 State-funded Legislator’s Aide, Legislative Yuan, Taiwan

2009-2010 Secretary of Deputy Speaker, Taipei City Council, Taiwan

2012-2015 Marketing Assistant and Manager, The Sun TV, Taiwan


Research Title

Privileged Expatriates: Economic Zones, China’s Statecraft and Geopolitics with Taiwan

Funding: National Overseas Fellowship, Taiwan (2016-2020)

This research seeks to explore geopolitical relationship across the Strait shape the formation of economic zones in Southeast China. Different from conventional economic zones, which aim for capital accumulation through specialization of production, the new type of the economic zone that aims to deploy geopolitical strategy involves a more complicated mode of economic exchange, network building and ethnicity-based identity mobilization. Unlike previous studies on economic zones, which primarily focus on the market logic of economic zones and assumes a consistent and stabilized structure of the central-local governmental interaction sharing same interests, I will draw upon fieldwork in China to explore the politicisation of economic zone practices as a prominent policy experiment and uncover how different levels of actors—including extra-territorial/territorial actors—define their purposes and measures with different strategies. More importantly, inspired by everyday geopolitics approach, which focuses on assemblage, affect and identity remaking in different contexts, I will attempt to explain how identity is navigated, performed in their everyday encounters.


Primary Supervisor: Professor Jennifer Robinson (Geography)

Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Fangzhu Zhang (The Bartlett School of Planning)


Conference presented

May 2017 The Land of Reconciliation—Policy Experimentation and Everyday Geopolitics in the Construction of Pingtan Pilot Zone, International Conference on China Urban Development, London, UK