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  • Tu Lan is an assistant professor of geography. Before joining UNH in 2015, he was a lecturer of geography at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his Ph.D. in geography in 2014. Lan is an economic geographer working in the fields of global production networks, industrial districts, urban political economy, transnational migration, and social theory. His areal specialty is on China and Europe. His dissertation titled "Made in Italy, by Chinese: How Chinese Migration Changed the Apparel Production Networks in Prato" investigates the ways in which Chinese entrepreneurs and workers built a lower cost, fast fashion industry in Prato, Italy, one of the most expensive regions in the world. The research explores a new dimension of globalization in which Chinese capital and labor are increasingly impacting the economies of the other parts of the world. Lan's more recent research focuses on the European investment promotion communities in China. Working with collaborators from Italy and Austria, he studies the ways in which these communities transformed the global production networks since the 2008 economic crisis. Meanwhile, he also studies the political economy in China including issues of labor law, apparel industries, and ideological opinions. At UNH, Lan teaches undergraduate-level classes on economic geography, regional geography of the non-western world, and development geography.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 The Geoeconomics/Politics of Italy's Investment Promotion CommunityGeopolitics.  23:690-717. 2018
    2017 New Generation, New Path: Industrial Restructuring Led by China's "Notorious" Fuerdai GenerationChina Review.  17:1-30. 2017
    2017 Mapping ideological opinions in China using online surveyAnnals of GIS.  23:79-91. 2017
    2016 The Transnational Investment Promotion Community between Italy and China: An Example of Post Washington Consensus NeoliberalismJ-Reading - Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography.  5:35-49. 2016
    2016 New economic geographies of manufacturing in ChinaGeography Compass.  10:470-481. 2016
    2015 Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy: From Sprezzatura to SatireJournal of Modern Italian Studies.  20:742-743. 2015
    2015 State Regulation, Economic Reform and Worker Rights: The Contingent Effects of China’s Labour Contract LawJournal of Contemporary Asia.  45:266-293. 2015
    2015 Industrial District and the Multiplication of Labour: The Chinese Apparel Industry in Prato, ItalyAntipode.  47:158-178. 2015
    2014 Chinese apparel value chains in Europe: low-end fast fashion, regionalization, and transnational entrepreneurship in Prato, ItalyEurasian Geography and Economics Post-Soviet Geography and Economics.  55:156-174. 2014
    2011 China’s New Labour Contract Law: State Regulation and Worker Rights in Global Production NetworksSSRN Electronic Journal2011


    Year Title
    2019 Banks, Services, and the State: The Infrastructure Supporting Italian SMEs AbroadProceedings of the 32nd Italian Geography Congress “the Contribution of Geography between Revolutions and Reforms.  1453-1460. 2019


    Year Title
    2017 Fordism and Post-Fordism 2017
    2016 Politics of Visibility in the Chinese Community in Prato, Italy 2016

    Teaching Activities

  • Internship Taught course 2019
  • Rgnl Geography Non-Westrn Wrld Taught course 2019
  • World Economy & Globalization Taught course 2019
  • Global Trade Taught course 2018
  • Statistics for Spatial Science Taught course 2018
  • Geography of China Taught course 2018
  • Rgnl Geography Non-Westrn Wrld Taught course 2018
  • Global Trade Taught course 2017
  • Rgnl Geography Non-Westrn Wrld Taught course 2017
  • World Economy & Globalization Taught course 2017
  • Geography of China Taught course 2016
  • Statistics for Geographers Taught course 2016
  • Rgnl Geography Non-Westrn Wrld Taught course 2016
  • Economic Geography Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Geography, Peking University
  • M.S. Geoinformation Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Full Name

  • Tu Lan