Dr Non Arkaraprasertkul

PhD & MA (Harvard University); MPhil (The University of Oxford); SMArchS and Urban Design Certificate (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Senior Lecturer in Urbanism

Member of China Studies Centre

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr. Non Arkaraprasertkul is an architect, urban designer, historian, and anthropologist. His research interests lie at the crossroads of transdisciplinary research between design and the social sciences. He has conducted research, written, and published widely on urban studies and urban design, architectural history and philosophy, and cultural studies and anthropology. As Senior Lecturer in Urbanism at the University of Sydney, he is developing a new pedagogical and research approach utilizing the synergy between anthropological inquiry and design thinking.

While his main geographic research area is China, Non also has an interest and conducted research in the US, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines. Some of his current research projects include an ethnographic study of the role of historic preservation in processes of urban social change such as gentrification, urban informal settlements, urban mobility in urban megalopolises, and the influence of traditional value on speculative housing markets. He is currently one of the principal investigators of the Southeast Asian Neighborhoods Network (SEANNET) project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, and a member of the global expert committee to the XII Metropolis World Congress. Before joining the University of Sydney, he has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, New York University, and the University of South Florida.

Research interests

  • Urban social change
  • Mobility and planning
  • Anthropology of expertise
  • Urban informal settlement
  • Urban design and mental health
  • Housing affordability and provision
  • Historic preservation and community
  • History and theory of architecture and urban design
  • Design thinking of pedagogical and research methodology

Selected grants

2017

  • Weaving It All Behind?: An Ethnography of a Northern Thai Village Undergoing a Rapid Urban Transformation Brought About by the Global Demand for its Textile Handicraft; Arkaraprasertkul N; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Cluster Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2017). The abrupt rise (and fall) of creative entrepreneurs: socio-economic change, the visitor economy and social conflict in a traditional neighbourhood of Shanghai. In Claire Colomb, Johannes Novy (Eds.), Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City, (pp. 282-301). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2015). In Praise of the "Coffin": Urban Sociality in the Japanese Capsule Hotels. In Lu Pan, Heung Wah Wong, Karin Ling-fung Chau (Eds.), Politics and Aesthetics of Creativity: City, Culture and Space in East Asia, (pp. 93-117). Piscataway, NJ: Bridge21 Publications.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2012). Urbanization and Housing: Socio-Spatial Conflicts over Urban Space in Contemporary Shanghai. In G. Byrne Bracken (Eds.), Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, (pp. 139-163). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Journals

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2017). Gentrification and its contentment: An anthropological perspective on housing, heritage and urban social change in Shanghai. Urban Studies, Published online January 18 2017, 1-17. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2016). Gentrification from within: urban social change as anthropological process. Asian Anthropology, 15(1), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Williams, M., Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2016). Mobility in a global city: Making sense of Shanghai's growing automobile-dominated transport culture. Urban Studies, , 1-16. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2016). The social poetics of urban design: rethinking urban design through Louis Kahn's vision for Central Philadelphia (1939-1962). Journal of Urban Design, 21(6), 731-745. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2015). Traditionalism as a way of life: The sense of home in a Shanghai alleyway. Harvard Asia Quarterly, 15(3/4), 155-184.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2012). Moral Global Storytelling: Reflections on Place and Space in Shanghai's Urban Neighborhoods. Storytelling, Self, Society, 8(3), 167-179. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2010). Crypto-urbanism: Retrofitting Tokyo. Journal of Urbanism, 3(2), 127-129. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2010). Power, Politics, and the making of Shanghai. Journal of Planning History, 9(4), 232-259. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N., Rabitaille, R. (2009). Differences, Originality and Assimilation: Building Nine at Panabhandhu School. Thresholds (Cambridge), 35, 8-15.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2009). On Fredric Jameson: Marxism, postmodernism, and architecture. Architectural Theory Review, 14(1), 79-94. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2009). Towards modern urban housing: redefining Shanghai's lilong. Journal of Urbanism, 2(1), 11-29. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2008). Politicisation and the rhetoric of Shanghai urbanism. Footprint, 2, 43-52.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2008). Toward modernist urban design: Louis Kahn's plan for Central Philadelphia. Journal of Urban Design, 13(2), 177-194. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2006). A Critical Appearance of Modernism: Building Nine of Panabhandhu School. Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture, 9(1), 13-28.

2017

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2017). Gentrification and its contentment: An anthropological perspective on housing, heritage and urban social change in Shanghai. Urban Studies, Published online January 18 2017, 1-17. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2017). The abrupt rise (and fall) of creative entrepreneurs: socio-economic change, the visitor economy and social conflict in a traditional neighbourhood of Shanghai. In Claire Colomb, Johannes Novy (Eds.), Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City, (pp. 282-301). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

2016

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2016). Gentrification from within: urban social change as anthropological process. Asian Anthropology, 15(1), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Williams, M., Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2016). Mobility in a global city: Making sense of Shanghai's growing automobile-dominated transport culture. Urban Studies, , 1-16. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2016). The social poetics of urban design: rethinking urban design through Louis Kahn's vision for Central Philadelphia (1939-1962). Journal of Urban Design, 21(6), 731-745. [More Information]

2015

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2015). In Praise of the "Coffin": Urban Sociality in the Japanese Capsule Hotels. In Lu Pan, Heung Wah Wong, Karin Ling-fung Chau (Eds.), Politics and Aesthetics of Creativity: City, Culture and Space in East Asia, (pp. 93-117). Piscataway, NJ: Bridge21 Publications.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2015). Traditionalism as a way of life: The sense of home in a Shanghai alleyway. Harvard Asia Quarterly, 15(3/4), 155-184.

2012

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2012). Moral Global Storytelling: Reflections on Place and Space in Shanghai's Urban Neighborhoods. Storytelling, Self, Society, 8(3), 167-179. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2012). Urbanization and Housing: Socio-Spatial Conflicts over Urban Space in Contemporary Shanghai. In G. Byrne Bracken (Eds.), Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, (pp. 139-163). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

2010

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2010). Crypto-urbanism: Retrofitting Tokyo. Journal of Urbanism, 3(2), 127-129. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2010). Power, Politics, and the making of Shanghai. Journal of Planning History, 9(4), 232-259. [More Information]

2009

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N., Rabitaille, R. (2009). Differences, Originality and Assimilation: Building Nine at Panabhandhu School. Thresholds (Cambridge), 35, 8-15.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2009). On Fredric Jameson: Marxism, postmodernism, and architecture. Architectural Theory Review, 14(1), 79-94. [More Information]
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2009). Towards modern urban housing: redefining Shanghai's lilong. Journal of Urbanism, 2(1), 11-29. [More Information]

2008

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2008). Politicisation and the rhetoric of Shanghai urbanism. Footprint, 2, 43-52.
  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2008). Toward modernist urban design: Louis Kahn's plan for Central Philadelphia. Journal of Urban Design, 13(2), 177-194. [More Information]

2006

  • Arkaraprasertkul, N. (2006). A Critical Appearance of Modernism: Building Nine of Panabhandhu School. Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture, 9(1), 13-28.

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