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Sungje Jeon Sungje Jeon

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title: Gentrification in a traditional Korean housing area

Project overview

My research relates to debates on gentrification. I investigate how gentrification impacts on residents and local communities in the context of an area of traditional housing in central Seoul. My research focuses specifically on the interaction of political players, civil society groups and local households in valorising a historical neighbourhood under conditions of a market economy. It attempts to understand the reasons behind the identification and commodification of heritage in the built environment of South Korea’s capital and relates these issues more widely to similar processes in other cities in East Asia.


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Paul Waley

Sara Gonzalez


Research Affiliations

Cities, Citizenship & Social Justice

Short Curriculum Vitae


  • 2006~2016, Associate Research Fellow, The Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), Sejong, South Korea
  • 2004~2006,  Master of Geography, College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea 
  • 1997~2004, BA (Geography and Economics), College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea