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Igor Rogelja completed his doctoral study at SOAS, University of London, where he researched urban redevelopment in China and Taiwan. He also taught courses on Chinese and East Asian politics and international relations before coming to the Lau China Institute in 2017.

His interests in infrastructure and development remain the core aspects of his work on the politics of space in China, while increasingly taking into account the infrastructural power that China is beginning to exert over its immediate region and beyond, particularly through the Belt-Road Initiative. 


  • Urban redevelopment in China
  • Politics of infrastructure
  • Chinese investments in Europe and Central Asia
  • Use of creative space policies in redeveloping urban spaces