[Iag-list] Call for Papers: Australian Housing in the Asian Century

Ilan Vizel ilan.vizel at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 16:18:21 AEST 2016

Hi all

Please see call for papers below for a special issue in Geographical
Research. If you would like to contribute please contact Dallas Rogers
and/or myself by 9th September.




Dallas Rogers – Institute for Culture and Society - Western Sydney
University - d.rogers at westernsydney.edu.au

Ilan Wiesel (Vizel) – Geography and Resource Management - University of
Melbourne - ilan.wiesel at unimelb.edu.au

It is widely acknowledged that the 21st century has introduced a cultural,
geopolitical and economic swing towards Asia, and particularly China. Some
economists have argued that the Asian Century “is something of a myth”,
suggesting instead that global geopolitics and economics is becoming
“multi-polar” (Dollar, 2017: 1). But there is little doubt that economic,
political and social change in Asia is affecting local housing practices in
several Anglo-sphere countries (Ley, 2015; Paris, 2013; Rogers, 2016b;
Webber and Burrows, 2015), including Australia (Rogers and Dufty-Jones,
2015). To fully comprehend these changes in Australia it will be important
to compliment analyses of incoming and outgoing foreign direct investment
data with broader geographical scholarship investigating the intersections
of housing, home, culture, class, citizenship, education and migration
(Ley, 2015; Robertson, 2013; Rogers, 2016b). We need to move beyond
economic conceptions that limit discussions about Australia’s relationship
to Asia to dichotomous notions of opportunity and threat (Ang, 2015;
Robertson and Ho, 2016).

There are complex links between Asian housing consumption and investment,
temporary and permanent migration, and international education pathways in
Australia (Rogers, 2016c; Robertson and Ho, 2016; Wong, 2016). These are
driven by the intersection of policy arrangements in Australia and other
Asian and Anglophone countries. People are mobile between Asia and
Australia in increasingly complex ways (Robertson and Ho, 2016). Different
conceptions of real estate, housing, home, neighbourhood, place, identity
and citizenship are implicated in these changing mobilities (Rogers et al.,
2015; Ley, 2015). There is an emerging body of scholarship on ‘Super-rich
Asians’ and their impacts on high value global city real estate (Rogers,
2016a; Hay, 2013). But empirical attention is also being given to the new
middle class and other ‘less wealthy’ cohorts of Asian migrants and
students who are living in rental and owner-occupied properties in
Australia (Fincher and Shaw, 2009).

This special issue will cover diverse geographical themes relating to the
new economic, cultural and material dynamics of Australian housing in the
so-called 'Asian Century'. We are seeking contributions that analyse
diverse economic, social or cultural geographies, including:

·      Asian housing consumption and/or investment in Australia across
different housing tenure forms (e.g., rental properties, foreign
investment, or foreign student housing);

·      Asian housing consumption and/or investment in Australia across
different income groups (e.g., Asian super-rich, new Asian middle class, or
foreign students);

·      Changing urban planning, place politics or neighbourhood dynamics
that are associated with consuming Australian housing via temporary,
permanent, student or retirement migration from Asia;

·      Changing embodied and/or cultural practices of home- and/or
place-making in Australian by Asian diaspora or foreign investors and/or


Ang I. (2015) At home in Asia? Sydney’s Chinatown and Australia’s ‘Asian
Century’. International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Dollar D. (2017) Asian Century or Multi-polar Century? World Bank Working
Paper 4174. China: World Bank.

Fincher R and Shaw K. (2009) The Unintended Segregation of Transnational
Students in Central Melbourne. Environment and Planning A 41: 1884-1902.

Hay I. (2013) Geographies of the super-rich. Northampton: Edward Elgar

Ley D. (2015) Global China and the making of Vancouver's residential
property market. International Journal of Housing Policy iFirst.

Paris C. (2013) The homes of the super-rich: multiple residences,
hyper-mobility and decoupling of prime residential housing in global
cities. In: Hay I (ed) Geographies of the super-rich. Cheltenham: Edward

Robertson S. (2013) Transnational student-migrants and the state: The
education-migration nexus, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian.

Robertson S and Ho E. (2016) Temporalities, materialities and connecting
locales: migration and mobility in Asia-Pacific cities. Journal of Ethnic
and Migration Studies iFirst.

Rogers D. (2016a) Becoming a super-rich foreign real estate investor:
globalising real estate data, publications and events. In: Forrest R,
Wissink D and Koh S (eds) Cities and the super-rich: real estate, elite
practices and urban political economies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rogers D. (2016b) The geopolitics of real estate: Reconfiguring property,
capital and rights, London: Rowman & Littlefield.

Rogers D. (2016c) Uploading real estate: Home as a digital, global
commodity. In: Cook N, Davison A and Crabtree L (eds) Housing and Home
Unbound: Intersections in Economics, Enviroment and Politics in Australia.
London: Rougledge, 23-38.

Rogers D and Dufty-Jones R. (2015) 21st Century Australian housing: New
frontiers in the Asia-Pacific. In: Dufty-Jones R and Rogers D (eds) Housing
in Twenty-First Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies.
Aldershot: Ashgate.

Rogers D, Lee CL and Yan D. (2015) The politics of foreign investment in
Australian housing: Chinese investors, translocal sales agents and local
resistance. Housing Studies i-First.

Webber R and Burrows R. (2015) Life in an Alpha Territory: Discontinuity
and conflict in an elite London ‘village’. Urban Studies.

Wong A. (2016) Transnational real estate in Australia: New Chinese
diaspora, media representation and urban transformation in Sydney’s
Chinatown. International Journal of Housing Policy iFirst.
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