Hun Kim’s research lies at the intersection of urban planning, transnational finance and expertise, and globalized forms of governance in an ascendant and resurgent Asia. His current project investigates the transnational connections of finance and planning that produce urban space under late socialism in contemporary Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam’s commercial hub. The project traces how urban projects materialize in an era after Đổi Mới (market reform) and the global financial crisis, as the city and nation continue to open and expand the scope of the economy to transnational investors and an expanding and contradictory array of capitalist norms and practices while maintaining a socialist bureaucracy and a one-party political system ruled by the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Hun Kim received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies in 2015 from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include: urban social-spatial transformation under late-socialist, postsocialist and authoritarian regimes, global circuits of investment capital in land development, infrastructure and real estate, development theory and governance.