Dr Andrew Law
Senior lecturer in Town Planning and Degree Programme Director of the BA (Hons) Architecture and Urban Planning
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- Address: School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
4th Floor, Room 417, Claremont Tower
Chinese mobile: + 32 187 102 583 81
I am a Senior lecturer in Town Planning.
I am a sociologist with a strong interest in continental philosophy, sociological theory, historical sociology, cultural sociology and cultural studies in particular. Specifically, throughout my career, I have often sought to understand the role that sociology can play in understanding and contextualising architecture(s), planning and landscapes; also in a similar way I have often explored the role that sociology can play in the theorisation of tangible and intangible heritage - specifically in terms of built architectural heritage.
In the last few years in particular, my work has been mainly concerned with research on Chinese culture, nostalgia, politics, heritage and urban development. To develop these investigations I am continually trying to improve and develop my Mandarin (albeit very slowly). However, because I am still finding my feet, I often work in teams with other Chinese researchers to develop various project investigations.
On my travels to China I have been lucky enough to visit the following very interesting places: Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Jining, Macau, Qufu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen and Xi'an. In the near future, I hope to visit more places in the PRC.
Key words that define my research
Chinese identity, Chineseness, Imaginaries, nostalgia, culture, cultural studies, heritage, the modern, modernism, modernity, multiple-modernities, urban development, China.
Membership of academic societies.
I am a member of BACS - The British Association of Chinese Studies.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I am a member of the China ports network – https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/china-ports/china-ports-network-members.aspx
I am a member of the cross Faculty Anthropocene Research Group. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/anthropocene/people/andrewlaw.html
I am a convenor and member of our HASS Faculty Research Group - Asian Studies.
I have conducted reviews for the following periodicals:
- Architecture Research Quarterly
- City, Culture and Society
- Europe-Asia Studies
- International Journal of Heritage Studies
- Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, Middle Eastern Technical University – METU.
- Landscape Research
- Social and Cultural Geography,
- Urban Design and Planning
- Urban Design, International.
Applications for Doctoral Work
I welcome applications for doctoral study; I welcome students, who want to develop projects on urban development, time, memory, nostalgia, identity and heritage; And of course, reflecting my recent work, I am very interested in project students that are keen to study issues in and around Chinese culture, nostalgia, politics, heritage and urban development.
Above tourist level Mandarin (but a long way to go yet): On the 6th of January, 2016 I learnt that I passed the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) level 2 Mandarin Chinese Proficiency test.
In the future I shall study for the HSK Level 3 Mandarin Chinese Proficiency test.
Outside of Work
Outside of work I am a keen walker, runner and Chess player. I also spend my time reading and sometimes trying to write fiction. I am also a collector: I collect novels, CD's and wacky movies. I also collect Vintage travel posters and a series of tasteless Hawaiian shirts.
From the beginning of my academic career in 1999 to the present, my research has been concerned with the history of ideas, historical imaginaries/simulacra, nostalgia and idea(s) surrounding the concept of ‘golden ages’; specifically, I have often sought to explore the links between historical ideas and historical imaginaries within social movements and the built environment (including architectures, town planning and landscape); whilst my early career was concerned with English examples, since 2010 I have investigated Chinese case studies. In recent years, I have explored 5 specific lines of research in China; these investigations have included: 1) research into the role that anti-colonial humiliation discourses have played in new forms of affectual governance; 2) research into historic place-branding and the use of historical themes and imaginaries in the marketing of Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Wuhan and Xi'an; 3) research into nostalgic consumerism (particularly colonial consumerism; 4) research into a nostalgic social movement in China known as the Hanfu movement (a movement of young people who wear pre-Qing Dynasty clothing); 5) research into the tangible and intangible heritage of the Yangtze River.
Presentations for 2018
- 13th of July, 2018: ‘The Faculty Asian Studies Research Group’. Support for the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries 中国人民对外友好协会 (CPAFFC). Programme Co-ordinator: Mr David Brough.
- 28th of June, 2018: "How do we plan for the creative economy in urban areas" paper given to Tianjin Planning and Urban Design Professionals, as part of a continuous professional development course, entitled: Planning for the Creative Economy in Urban Areas; 25-29 June 2018; hosted in the Core, Newcastle University and organised by Dr Xuefeng Wang, CURDS.
Presentations for 2017
- 4th of December, 2017: ‘Absent-present’ heritage: the cultural water heritage of dwelling and entanglements of humans and non-humans on the Changjiang (Yangtze) River’, paper given for the ‘Risks to life, heritage, and community on the Yangtze River’, Confucius Institute, Newcastle University.
- 24th of June, 2017: “The role of history, nostalgia, and place in the construction of entrepreneurial Chinese cities” paper given to the ‘Asia in Motion: Beyond Borders and Boundaries’ conference, as part of the Association of Asian Studies (ASS) Asia Annual Conference, entitled 24thto the 27th of June, 2017. http://aas-in-asia2017.com/ at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.
- 26th of May, 2017: ‘The Hanfu movement?’ Short paper given to the GURU symposium for the Identities, Culture and Heritage theme (10 minutes, plus panel questions).
- 1st of February, 2017: ‘Flooding and pollution: Risks to the physical, human and architectural (urban) heritage of the Yangtze River’, (The Yangtze River project), informal research presentation to the Department of Architecture, Construction and Engineering Built Environment at the Politecnico di Milano.
Presentations in 2016
· Law, A. (2016) ‘Searching for “deep modernities” and constructing Chinese modern identities: using history and heritage in the indigenisation of global capitalist modernity in Chinese cities’. Reclaiming Identity and (Re) Materialising Pasts, Approaches to Heritage Conservation in China, Suzhou, China. 6-8th of April, 2016.
Presentations in 2015
· 11th of December, 2015: “What is social science? What is Chinese identity and what is Hanfu?” presentation to the School of Modern Languages Newcastle University – for their Conference.
· 4th of December, 2015: ‘Referential reflexivity and access in China: the unsaid and positionality’, Doing International Fieldwork in Developing Contexts: Postgraduate Training workshop.
· 14th of September, 2015: ‘Social theory, social science and qualitative methods’, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University.
· 30th of July, 2015: ‘Qualitative methodologies: theory, social science and methods’ International Design Summer School, Sino-US-Dutch weeks, School of Urban Design, Wuhan University.
· 5th of March, 2015: ‘The construction of Historical imaginaries: Constructing Hankou merchant port nostalgia in Wuhan and Tang dynasty nostalgia in Xi’an’. (Open to the public as well as academic staff); School of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool.
· 13th of February, 2015: “What is social science? What is Chinese identity and what is Hanfu?” presentation to the School of Modern Languages Newcastle University – for their Simultaneous interpreting practice. Lecture given to students in a Language Booth Classroom.
Presentations in 2014
· 4th of September, 2014: ‘The construction of Historical imaginaries: Remaking the Tang dynasty in Xi’an, framing heritage, land and Buddhism’, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University.
· 4th of Sept, 2014: ‘The problem of the creative individual: How can we nurture creative individuals in China?’ 5th International Cultural Trade Forum; Beijing International Studies University (BISU).
· 10th of June, 2014: ‘The construction of Historical imaginaries: Remaking the Tang dynasty in Xi’an, framing heritage, land and Buddhism’ informal PUMAH workshop; the Beehive Newcastle University.
Presentations in 2013
24th of June, 2013: "The history of Mock Tudor and its relevance to the global middle classes today", Xian University of Architecture and Technology.
· 28th of May, 2013: “The history of built conservation in the UK: emerging perspectives on conservation in the UK and China." Xian University of Architecture and Technology.
· 5th of May, 2013: “The problem of sustainability and the historic city: conservation cases in China”, Wuhan University of Technology
· 15th of March, 2013: "Demolition, development or the heritage dividend? Forgetting and remembering the value of our own culture", Planning School, Wuhan University.
· 8th of March, 2013: "Demolition, development or the heritage dividend? Forgetting and remembering the value of our own culture", Faculty of Spatial Sciences, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. http://video.chaoxing.com/teacher_16906390.shtml
· 1st of March, 2013: "Demolition, development or the heritage dividend? Forgetting and remembering the value of our own culture", Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute, Department of Tourism and Scenic Area Planning.
Current PhD/MPhil Supervision
Rorie Parsons - Social Practice theory and networks of cycling - ESRC Funded - (With Prof Vigar).
Amelia Joicey - The history and sociology of the Northern Stage Theatre - DTC AHRC awards - AHRC Funded - (with Dr Rosalind Haslett).
Asmarani Februandari - Chinese culture and heritage - particularly in relation to China towns - in Indonesia - Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education - (with Prof. Pendlebury).
Ang Gao - The Chinese beautiful village policy - PhD by Creative Film Practice - (with Dr Ian McDonald).
Lu Wang - Facilities for ageing middle class subjects in China (with Professor Rose Gilroy).
Xi Chen - Colonial heritage on an island in Wenzhou - PhD by creative practice - (with Prof Chiles and Dr Beattie).
Dr Zhang Su - Feng Shui, urban design and planning (Self-funded). (with Prof Madanipour).
Dr Tom Brigden - The Richmond View: transatlantic landscapes (AHRC Funded) - 2014. (With Professor Sharr).
I am Degree Programme Director for the BA degree Architecture and Urban Planning
My teaching responsibilities can be broken down as follows:
Co-ordinator of the SAPL supplementary training sessions - Marxism, critical realism, epistemology, post-structuralism, post-phenomenology etc.
Masters teaching: MSc in Town Planning
MSc - Masters dissertation - Contributor
MSc - Conservation and the Historic City - Contributor (with Prof. J Pendlebury) - Lectures on Heritage theory and Claiming the historic city: whose heritage?
MSc - Reflexive practitioner - Contributor - I give lectures on epistemology and deontological ethics.
I am a module leader for 4 modules and a contributor on another 4 modules.
Level 3 Modules
APL3004 Chinese politics, culture and urban development; architecture, planning and visual culture.
TCP3054 - Planning theory - Module Leader - Marxism, post-modernism, critical pragmatism etc.
TCP3099 - Dissertation module - Contributor.
Level 2 modules
APL2001 - Theories of Alternative Practice module - Module leader - Lectures on Marxism, anarchism, feminism, post-modernism, alternative professionalism(s).
TCP2028 - Understanding cities - Contributor - Lecture on the Cultural City.
TCP2035 - Study Visit - Within this course I run a fieldtrip to Beijing with Ms. Qianqian Qin.
Level 1 modules
APL1001 - History of Alternative Practice module - Module Leader - Lectures on the history and politics of co-operative planning and architecture.
TCP1025 - Social Worlds - Contributor - Lectures on identity, class, sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity.
- Law A, Bonnett A, Yang Y. Excavating historic economic and cosmopolitan roots in the Chinese city of Xi’an: The politics of historic urban branding, post-colonialism and global-modernity. 2018. In Preparation.
- Law A. Carrico, K. (2017) The Great Han. Race, nationalism, and tradition in China Today. Oakland California: University of California Press. Anthropos 2019. Submitted.
- Law A. The role of history, nostalgia and heritage in the construction and indigenisation of state led political and economic identities in contemporary China. In: Theorising the heritage turn in China. Amsterdam: International Institute of Asian Studies in association with Amsterdam University Press, 2019. Submitted.
- Law A, Chen X. ‘Absent-present’ heritage: the cultural water heritage of dwelling and entanglements of humans and non-humans on the Changjiang (Yangtze) River. In: Hein, C, ed. Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage. 2018. Submitted.
- Law A. How do we interpret the history, collective memory and uses of old buildings? The problem of urban branding and historic urban branding?. Shanghai Daily 2018.
- Law A. Andrew Law on Chinese Ecologies - China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-Cities by Austin Williams London: Bloomsbury, 2017 220pp. Price £17.99 (pb). Architectural Research Quarterly 2018, 21(3), 281-283.
- Law A. Brumann, Christoph & David Berliner (eds). (2016) World Heritage on the ground: ethnographic perspectives. viii, 327 pp., illus., bibliogrs. London, New York: Berghahn Books. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2018, 24(1), 201-202.
- Pendlebury J, Wang Y, Law A. Re-using 'uncomfortable heritage': The case of the 1933 Building, Shanghai. International Journal of Heritage Studies 2018, 24(3), 211-229.
- Law A, Qin Q. Searching for economic and cosmopolitan roots: historical imaginaries and “Hankou merchant Port nostalgia” in the central Chinese city of Wuhan 武汉. Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, METU 2018, 35(1).
- Law A, Veldpaus L. Colonial nostalgia, growth coalitions and urban planning in China. Urbanistica Informazioni 2017, 272(Special issue, part 4), 400-408.
- Law A. The role of history, nostalgia and heritage in the construction of entrepreneurial Chinese Cities. In: Asia in Motion: Beyond Borders and Boundaries, as part of the Association of Asian Studies. 2017, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.
- Law A. Discourse. In: Richardson, D; Castree, N; Goodchild, MF; Kobayashi, AL; Liu, W; Marston, R, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. New York: Association of American Geographers; Wiley, 2017.
- Law A. Kite Zhang's Kites. The Crack Magazine - Newcastle 2016.
- Li Y, Ye Y, Xiao L, Xu W, Law A, Wang D. Classifying Community Space at a Historic Tourism Site through Cognitive Mapping and GPS Tracking: The Case of Gulangyu, China. Urban Design International 2016, 22(3), 127-149.
- Law A. Unknotting the Heart: Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China, by Jie Yang. ILR Press, Ithaca, NY, 2015. British Journal of Industrial Relations 2016, 54(3), 673-675.
- Law A. Searching for “deep modernities” in the construction of modern Chinese identities: using history and heritage in the indigenisation of global capitalist modernity in Chinese cities’. In: The 2016 International Symposium on Reclaiming Identity and (Re)Materializing Pasts: Approaches to Heritage Conservation in China. 2016, Xi'an-Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.
- Sturzaker J, Law A. The rising Chinese middle class and the 'construction' of new countryside. In: Verdini G; Wang Y; Zhang X, ed. Urban China's Rural Fringe: Actors, Dimensions and Management Challenges. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016, pp.33-60.
- Li Y, Xiao L, Ye Y, Xu W, Law A. Understanding tourist space at a historic site through space syntax analysis: The case of Gulangyu, China. Tourism Management 2016, 52, 30-43.
- Law A. The House of Commons workshop approach. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2015.
- Law A. The lives of Chinese objects, Buddhism, imperialism and display, by Louise Tythacott. Berghahn Books, 2011 [Book review]. International Journal of Heritage Studies 2015, 21(3), 306-308.
- Law A. Humiliation Heritage in China: Discourse, Affectual Governance, and Displaced Heritage at Tiananmen Square. In: Convery, I; Corsane, G; Davis, P, ed. Displaced Heritage: Responses to Disaster, Trauma and Loss. Woodbridge, UK: The Boydell Press, 2014, pp.165-173.
- Brooks E, Law A, Huang L-J. A comparative analysis of retrofitting historic buildings for energy efficiency in the UK and China . disP - The Planning Review 2014, 50(3), 66-75.
- Brooks E, Law A, Huang LJ. A Comparative Study on Historic Building Regeneration Between the UK and China: A Perspective on Energy Efficiency. Urban Planning International 2014, 2(139), 29-35.
- Law A. Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China edited by Xi Chen (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011). Journal of International Development 2014, 26(2), 297-298.
- Law A. Brace, C. John-Putra, A., 'Process, Landscape and Text', Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, 2010. Landscape Research 2013, 38(1), 154-156.
- Law A. Balancing commercial and heritage scapes: Atmosphere, vitality and sterility in the urban conservation spaces of Shanghai. In: AESOP 26th Annual Congress. 2012, Ankara, Turkey.
- Law A. Balancing Development and Heritage Scapes: Can New Kinds of Creative Industry Save the Lilongs of Shanghai?. Intertrade 2012, 11(371), 4-13.
- Law A. Postcolonial Shanghai: An Urban Discourse of Prosperity and Futurity. In: Rajagopalan, M; Desai, M, ed. Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories: Imperial Legacies, Architecture, and Modernity. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012, pp.285-304.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Architecture: The Tudoresque Diaspora. In: String, TC, Bull, M, ed. Tudorism: Historical imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2011, pp.155-181.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Genealogy of the Singaporean black-and-white house. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 2011, 32(3), 301-313.
- Law A. Rising Shanghai: state power and local transformations in a global megacity, edited by Xiangming Chen with Zhenhua Zhou, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2009 [Book review]. Planning Perspectives 2011, 26(2), 325-327.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Tudoresque Vernacular and the self-reliant Englishman. In: Guillery, P, ed. Built From Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2011, pp.123-144.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Tudoresque: In Pursuit of the Ideal Home. London: Reaktion Books, 2011.
- Law A. Weighty histories and the industrial city: New creative economic spaces in the production of alternative heritage and identity. Intertrade 2011, 8(356), 55-62.
- Law A. Theme Park, London: Reaktion books , Lukas, S.A (2008) [book review]. Landscape Research 2010, 35(1), 139-141.
- Law A. Searching for Entrepreneurial and Economic Legacies in the 'Golden Age' of the Tang Dynasty. In: International Conference on China Urban Development. 2010, The University of Hong Kong.
- Grisola JM, Willis KG, Wymer C, Law A. Social engagement and regional theatre: patterns of theatre attendance. Cultural Trends 2010, 19(3), 225-244.
- Law A. The problem of sustainability and the historic city. Municipal Engineer 2010, 163(3), 127-130.
- Law A. Loukaki, A, (2008) Living Ruins, Value Conflicts, (within the Heritage, Culture and Identity series), Aldershot: Ashgate. European Spatial Research and Policy 2009, 16(1), 159-161.
- Law A. Constructing a Sense of Place: Architecture andthe Zionist Discourse. Yacobi, Haim (ed.). Aldershot,Ashgate 2004. Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography 2005, 87(3), 241-242.
- Law A. English Townscape as Cultural and Symbolic capital. In: Ballantyne, A, ed. Architectures: Modernism and After. Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004, pp.202-226.
- Law A. The built heritage conservation movement : landscapes of Englishness and social class. (PhD Thesis). Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2004.
- Law A. The City Cultures Reader edited by Malcolm Miles,Tim Hall and Iain Borden. London: Routledge, 2000. Area 2002, 34(2), 221-222.
- Law A. Out of place. Englishness, empire, and the locations of identity (Book review). Progress in Human Geography 2000, 24(4), 673-674.