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@westernsydney.edu.au

Ilan Wiesel (Vizel) – Geography and Resource Management - University of Melbourne - ilan.wiesel@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 students.


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 Publishing.

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 Elgar.

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.