Dr David Bray
BA (Hons) PhD Melbourne
Postgraduate Research Coordinator
A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney
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David Bray’s research is focused on exploring the inter-relationships between the built environment, governance and social change in contemporary China. Utilising post-structuralist theorisations on power, ‘governmentality’ and spatiality he aims to understand both how the built environment is imagined and planned at a governmental and technocratic level, as well as how its reconstruction impacts on communities and subjectivities at the local level. In particular David is interested in the multifarious ways in which the built environment becomes both a strategic resource for governmental interventions and a site of local resistance to those interventions and to the discourses they embody. China’s rapid urban transformation in recent years is of global significance in its own right, but in a comparative context, it also raises many intriguing challenges to established understandings of modernisation, urbanisation and social change: in this broader context, David’s research seeks to address larger theoretical debates associated with fields such as urban sociology, human geography, social policy, city planning and globalisation.
David Bray is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and undertakes regular research trips to China where he is currently engaged in research collaborations with scholars at leading universities including Peking, Tsinghua and Nanjing.
Teaching and supervision
SCLG3605 Urban Transformations: space and society
SCLG3601 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
- ‘Master Plans and Model Communities: redesigning urban life in contemporary China' (sole-authored book project)
- ‘Building a New Countryside’: urban planning goes rural in China’ (ongoing fieldwork based project)
- New Mentalities of Government in China (conference Dec. 2012, edited book project)
- ‘The Formation and the Evolution of the Danwei System in Contemporary China’; International Collaborator with team led by Prof. Chai Yanwei, Peking University.
Awards and honours
Visiting Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, China: Sep-Oct 2008
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley, USA: Nov-Jan 2008/09
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