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Paul Waley Dr Paul Waley

Contact details

Room Irene Manton Building, 10.106
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33338

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Short CV

Present position

  • Senior Lecturer

Qualifications & education

  • 1994 : Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • Title of thesis: "Symbolic Space and Urban Change in the Japanese City: The Edo-Tokyo Periphery, 1800-1930".
  • 1971- 1974 : Chinese, Oxford University.

Membership of learned societies

  • Institute of British Geographers
  • European Association of Japanese Studies.

Other posts

  • Associate member, Laboratory of Regional Design with Ecology, Hosei University, Tokyo

Skills & experience

  • European Journal of East Asian Studies. Founding Editor, 1999-2004

Papers (since 2000)

  • Jiang, Y., P. Waley and S. Gonzalez. (2016) Shanghai swings: the Hongqiao project and competitive urbanism in the Yangtze River Delta. Environment and Planning A 48:10, 1928-1947.
  • Jiang, Y., P. Waley and S. Gonzalez (2016) Shifting land-based coalitions in Shanghai’s second hub. Cities 52: 30-38.
  • Waley, P. (2016) Speaking gentrification in the languages of the Global East. Urban Studies 53:3, 615-625. Doi:10.1177/0042098015615726.
  • Wu Q., Zhang X. and P. Waley (2016) When Neil Smith met Pierre Bourdieu in Nanjing, China: bringing cultural capital into rent gap theory. Housing Studies DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1228849.
  • Wu Q., Zhang X. and P. Waley (2016) Jiaoyufication: When gentrification goes to school in the Chinese inner city. Urban Studies 53:16, 3510-3526. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015613234.
  • Waley, P. (2013) Cities in transcontinental context: A comparison of mega urban projects in Shanghai and Belgrade. SPATIUM International Review 13. Pp. 7-11.
  • Waley, P. (2013) Pencilling Tokyo into the map of neoliberal urbanism. Cities 32: 43-50.
  • Gonzalez, S., and P. Waley (2013) Traditional Retail Markets: The New Gentrification Frontier? Antipode 45:4, 965-983.
  • Waley, P. (2013). Placing Tokyo in time and space. Journal of Urban History 39:2, 331-335.
  • Waley, P. (2012) Japanese cities in Chinese perspective: towards a contextual, regional approach to comparative urbanism. Urban Geography 33:6, 816-828.
  • Percival, T., and P. Waley (2012) Articulating intra-Asian urbanism: the production of satellite cities in Phnom Penh. Urban Studies 49:13, 2873-2888.
  • Waley, P. (2011) Commemoration, conservation, and commodification: representing the past in present-day Tokyo. Jinbun chiri (Human geography) 63:6, 56–70.
  • Waley, P., and U. Åberg. (2011) Finding space for flowing water in Japan’s densely populated landscapes. Environment and Planning A 43:10, 2321 – 2336.
  • Waley, P. (2011) From Modernist to Market Urbanism: The Transformation of New Belgrade. Planning Perspectives 26:2, 209-235.
  • Waley, P. (2010) From flowers to factories: a peregrination through changing landscapes on the edge of Tokyo. Japan Forum 22:4, 281-306.
  • Waley, P. (2009) Introducing Trieste: a cosmopolitan city? Social & Cultural Geography 10:3, pp. 243-256.
  • Waley, P. (2009) Distinctive patterns of industrial urbanisation in modern Tokyo, c. 1880–1930. Journal of Historical Geography 35:3, pp. 405–427.
  • Waley, P. (2007) Tokyo-as-world-city: reassessing the role of capital and the state in urban restructuring. Urban Studies 44:7, pp. 1465-1490.
  • Waley, P. (2006) Re-scripting the city: Tokyo from ugly duckling to cool cat. Japan Forum 18: 3, pp. 361-81.
  • Tan Hong-Jen and Waley, P. (2006) Planning through procrastination: the preservation of Taipei’s cultural heritage. Town Planning Review 77: 5, pp. 531-555.
  • Waley, P. (2005) Ruining and restoring rivers: the state and civil society in Japan. Pacific Affairs 78: 2, pp. 195-215.
  • Waley, P. (2005) Parks and landmarks: planning the Eastern Capital along western lines. Journal of Historical Geography 31:1, pp.1-16.
  • Phelps, N. and Waley, P. (2004) Capital versus the districts: A tale of one multinational company’s attempt to disembed itself. Economic Geography 80:2, pp. 191-215.
  • Waley, P. (2002) Moving the margins of Tokyo. Urban Studies 39:9, pp. 1533-50.
  • Waley, P., Li Heming, Rees, P. (2001) Reservoir resettlement in China: past experience and the Three Gorges Dam. Geographical Journal 167, pp. 195-212.
  • Waley, P. (2000) Following the flow of Japan’s river culture. Japan Forum 12:2, pp. 199-217.

Book chapters:

  • Waley, P. 2016. The Social Landscape of Edo. In K. Wigen, F. Sugimoto and C. Karacas, eds. Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pp. 81-84.
  • Waley, P. 2013. Modern Japanese Cities. In P. Clark, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 542-560.
  • Waley, P. (2012) Who cares about the past in today’s Tokyo? In C. Brumann and E. Schulz, eds. Urban Spaces in Japan: Social and Cultural Perspectives. London: Routledge. Pp. 148-166.
  • Waley, P. (2011) The urbanization of the Japanese landscape. In V. Lyon Bestor, T. Bestor and A. Yamagata, eds. Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society. London: Routledge. Pp. 89-100.
  • Waley, P. and Purvis, M. (2004) Sustaining the flow: Japanese waterways and new paradigms of development. In Purvis, M. and Grainger, A. (eds) Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives. London, Earthscan.
  • Waley, P. and Fiévé, N. (2002) Kyoto and Edo-Tokyo: urban histories in parallels and tangents. In Waley, P. and Fiévé, N. (eds) Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo. London, RoutledgeCurzon, pp. 1-37.
  • Waley, P. (2002) A ferry to the factory: crossing Tokyo’s Great River into a new world. In Waley, P. and Fiévé, N. (eds) Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo. London, RoutledgeCurzon, pp. 208-232.
  • Waley, P. (2002) Conclusion: power, memory, and place. In Waley, P. and Fiévé, N. (eds) Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo. London, RoutledgeCurzon, pp. 385-391.
  • Waley, P. (2002) Journey into another world: Tokyo’s ferries and the transformation of landscape. In Blanchon, F. (ed.) Aller et Venir: Faits et Perspectives. Paris, Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Pp 147-73. ISBN 2-84050-147-3.
  • Waley, P. (2000) What’s a river without fish? Symbol, space and eco-system in the waterways of Japan. In Philo, C. and Wilbert, C. (eds) Animal Spaces, Beastly Places: New Geographies of Human-Animal Relations. London, Routledge, pp. 161-182.
  • Waley, P. (2000) Tokyo: Patterns of familiarity and partitions of difference. In Marcuse, P. and van Kempen, R. (eds) Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order? Oxford, Blackwell, pp 127-157.


  • Waley, P. and Fiévé, N. (eds) (2003) Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo. London, RoutledgeCurzon.
  • Waley, P. and Tinios, E. (1999) On the Margins of the City: Scenes of Recreation from the periphery of the Japanese Capital, 1760-1860. Leeds, University of Leeds Press.
  • Waley, P. (1992) Fragments of a City: A Tokyo Anthology. Tokyo, Japan Times.
  • Waley, P. (1991) Tokyo, City of Stories. New York, Weatherhill.
  • Waley, P. (1984) Tokyo Now and Then. New York, Weatherhill.