Hsu, Jinn-Yuh



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Hsu, Jinn-Yuh



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I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. I am an economic geographer who specializes in high-technology industries and regional development in late-industrializing countries, particularly Taiwan. Since starting my dissertation writing in 1995, I have focused my research and teaching on the inconstant geographies of capitalism, particularly the socio-spatial restructuring of technological change and globalization processes.

Participating in the international academic community is also one of the most interesting jobs for me. In addition to sitting in the steering committee of the International Critical Geography Group (ICGG), I also organized a regional meeting of East Asian Alternative Geographers in Taipei in 2006. Also I was frequently invited to help refereeing manuscripts for key journals in geography, urban planning and other related disciplines such as international political economy. In the meantime, I have been serving, since 2004, as the editor-in-chief of the major leftist intellectual journal in Taiwan, the Chinese language Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies.  

Research interests: studies on zoning, state and regional development, policy learning and mobility



Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley (1997)

M.S. National Taiwan University (1990)

B.A. National Taiwan University (1988)


One of my key researches concentrated on the development of the Hsinchu region, a widely claimed successful “technopolis” in the latecomer industrialization model. I published a series of papers (both in Chinese and English) on the labor market, technology learning, industrial organization and dynamic institutionalism of the Hsinchu Region and its connection with Silicon Valley. Most of these papers were published in prominent geography journals, such as the Journal of Economic Geography; Regional Studies; Environment and Planning A; Geoforum, and the like (see my homepage to download).

Recently, I have extended my research to cover the triangular connection between Silicon Valley, Hsinchu and Shanghai. China, as a market outlet in the new wave of high technology investment, becomes salient as it approaches the trend toward globalization. This research concluded that Taiwan’s high technology firms used their savvy to combine their business experience with Silicon Valley, the technology hub, and their cultural affinity with China’s market, to play a bridging role in the triangular connection. In other words, Taiwan strategically took the position of interface, and the transnational technical community helped in shaping the process.

From 2005 on, I have been engaging in a new research project to investigate the spatial politics of the interaction between economic neo-liberalization and political neo-populism in Taiwan after the economic restructuring and political transformation in the late-1980s. This research aims to investigate the regional transformation caused by hegemonic neo-liberalization discourses and the inherited interventionist state policies in Taiwan. A number of key issues will be addressed in this research, such as how do local politics shape the de-regulation and re-regulation process in the neo-liberalization regime, how does the issue of political legitimacy from the local loyalty affect the free market logic of the neo-liberalization project, and how do these seemingly contradictory forces result in the politics of scale in the regionalization process?


Economic Geography

Globalization and Regional Development

Seminar on Economic Geography

Geographies of Globalization

Seminar on Human Geography


Refereed Articles (2001-present):

Jinn-yuh Hsu (forthcoming) “Hsinchu Technopolis: A Sociotechnical Imaginary of Modernity in Taiwan?” Critical Sociology. 本人為第一作者、通訊作者

Jinn-yuh Hsu, Dong-wan Gimm and Jim Glassman (forthcoming) “A Tale of Two Industrial Zones: A Geopolitical Economy of Differential Development in Ulsan, South Korea, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan” forthcoming in Environment and Planning A. 本人為第一作者.

Jinn-yuh Hsu (2017) “State Transformation and the Evolution of Economic Nationalism in the East Asian Developmental State: the Taiwanese Semiconductor Industry as Case Study” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42(2): 166-178. 本人為第一作者、通訊作者.

曾裕淇、徐進鈺(2016) 永續發展 一個都市政治生態學的批判性視角。地理學報,82:1-25

徐進鈺(2014) 新自由主義與城市治理專輯導言,地理學報,72:1-3。

Jinn-yuh hsu (2014, Sep). Review on THE ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY OFTHE IT INDUSTRY IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. Growth and Change,45(3): 473-476. (SSCI). 本人為第一作者、通訊作者.

Hsu, J. Y.; Hsu, Y. H., 2013. State transformation, Policy Learning, and Exclusive Displacement in the Process of Urban Redevelopment in Taiwan, Urban Geography,34(5),677-698. (SSCI)

Andreae, M; Hsu, J. Y.; Norcliffe, G., 2013. Performing the trade show: The case of the Taipei International Cycle Show, Geoforum,49,193-201.(SSCI)

Zhou, Y.; Hsu, J. Y., 2011. Divergent engagements: Comparing the roles and strategies of Taiwanese and mainland Chinese returnee entrepreneurs in the information technology industry, Global Networks, 11(3), 398-419. (SSCI)

Huang, L. L.; Hsu, J. Y., 2011. From cultural building, economic revitalization to local partnership? The changing nature of community mobilization in Taiwan, International Planning Studies, 16(2), 131-1500. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y. ; Lin, L., 2011. The leader firms and the evolution of an industrial district: A case study of hosiery district in Taiwan, European Planning Studies, 19(6), 1021-1041. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y., 2011. State transformation and regional development in Taiwan: From developmentalist strategy to populist subsidy, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 35(3), 600-619. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y., 2010. Economic integration and the cross-Taiwan strait reconciliation, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 11(1): 137-144. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y.; Sidaway, J., 2009. Commentary: in-between sessions at the AAG, Environment and Planning A, 41(10), 2288-2292. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y., 2009. “The Spatial Encounter between Neoliberalism and Populism: Regional Restructuring under the DPP Regime in the Millennium Taiwan” Political Geography 28(5): 296-308. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y.; Yang, Y. R.; Ching, C. H., 2009. Revisiting the silicon island? The geographically varied "strategic coupling" in the development of high-technology parks in Taiwan, Regional Studies, 43(3), 369-384. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y. , Jessie Poon, and Henry Yeung, 2008. External Leveraging and Technological Upgrading Among East Asian Firms in the United States, European Planning Studies, 16(1):99-118.

Hsu J. Y.; Chen Pin-hsien, 2006. The reluctant state policy and the development of the futures trading industry in Taiwan, Geography Research Forum, 26, 115-137. (SSCI)

Hsu J. Y., 2006. The Dynamic Firm-Territory Nexus of Taiwanese Informatics Industry Investments in China, Growth and Change, 37(2), pp.230-254(SSCI)

Poon Jessie P. H.; Hsu J. Y., Jeongwook Suh, 2006. The geography of learning and knowledge acquisition among Asian latecomers, Journal of Economic Geography, 6(4), pp.541-559 (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y., 2005. A Site of Transnationalism in the “Ungrounded Empire”: Taipei as an Interface City in the Cross-border Business Networks, Geoforum, 36(5): 654-666. (SSCI)

Hsu, J. Y., 2004. (co-authored with Alan Smart) The Chinese Diaspora, Foreign Investment, and Economic Development in China, The Review of International Affairs, 3(4): 544-566.

Hsu, J. Y.,  2004. The Evolving Institutional Embeddedness of a Late-industrial District in Taiwan, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 95(2): 218-232. (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) (SSCI Journal)

Hsu, J. Y., 2002. Revisiting Economic Development in Post-War Taiwan: The Dynamic Process of Geographical Industrialization, Regional Studies, 36 (8): 897-908

Hsu, J. Y. , 2001. (co-authored with AnnaLee saxenian) The Silicon Valley-Hsinchu Connection: Technical communities and Industrial Upgrading, Industrial and Corporate Change, 10 (4): 893-920. [Special Theme: The Geography of Innovation and Economic Clustering]

Hsu, Jinn-yuh; Lu-lin Cheng, 2001. Geographies of glocalization: the governance of trans-border organizational fields, City & Planning, 28(4), 391-411. (in Chinese TSSCI journal)

Hsu, Jinn-yuh, 2001. Firm’s time-space strategy and dynamic learning: A case study of the semiconductor industry in the HSIP, City & Design, 11/12, 67-96. (in Chinese)


Books & Book Chapters :

Jinn-yuh Hsu and Yu-Kai Liaw (2017) “Path Dependency” in The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography 1-8.

Jinn-yuh Hsu and Shih-Yang Kao (2017) “Vertical Integration” in The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography 1-3.

Jinn-yuh Hsu and Ling-I Chu (2017) “New Industrial Space” in The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography 1-4.

Jinn-yuh Hsu and Ling-I Chu (2017) “Economic Development Zones” in The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography 1-9.

Hsu, J. Y.; Chang, W. H., 2013. From state-led to developer-led? The dynamics of urban renewal policies in Taiwan. In The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration, eds. Michael E. Leary; John McCarthy. pp. 148-158. London: Routledge.

Hsu, J. Y. ,2011. Bring Politics Back in Corporate Geography: Reading Firm-Region Nexus Politically. In: T. Barnes; J. Peck; and E. Sheppard (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hsu, J. Y. , 2011. The Transformation of Rural Industrialization in Taiwan- Subsistent and Repositioning Strategies in the Shetou Hosiery District. In: Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok (Eds.) The Second Great Transformation: Taiwanese Industrialization in the 1980s-2000s. Taipei: Cheng-chi University Press

Hsu, J. Y.; Lin, L., 2011. Shetou hosiery district: subsistent and repositioning strategies. In The Second Great Transformation: Taiwanese Industrialization in the 1980s-2000s, ed. R. Y. W. Kwok, 273-302. Taipei: Cheng-chi University Press.

Hsu, J. Y. , 2009. Towards a Late-industrial District: the Construction of Learning Networks in Hsinchu-Taipei Corridor, Taiwan. In: W. S. Tang and F. Mizuoka (Eds.). Alternative geographies of Asia in the new millennium: the East Asian Regional Conference on Alternative Geography (EARCAG) intervention.

Hsu, J. Y. , 2009. Economic geography: Transnationalism and technology innovation. In: R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (Eds.). The international encyclopedia of human geography. London: Elsevier, 400-403.

Hsu, J. Y. , 2009. Economic geography: Transnational ethnic networks. In: R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (Eds.). The international encyclopedia of human geography. London: Elsevier, 383-387.

Hsu, J. Y. ; Chen, P. H., 2007. Reluctant State, Decentralized Markets, and Under Developed Communities: The Construction of the Futures Trading Industry in Taiwan. In: P. Daniel and J. Harrington (Eds.) Perspectives on services and development in the Asia-Pacific. Hampshire: Ashgate, 173-191.

Hsu, J. Y.; Saxenian, A. L., 2006. The Silicon Valley-Hsinchu connection: technical communities and industrial upgrading. In: S. Breschi and F. Malerba (Eds.). Clusters, Networks and Innovation. Oxford University Press.

Hsu, J. Y.; Kwok R. Y. W., 2005. Introduction: Asian dragons, South China growth triangle, developmental governance and globalizing Taipei. In: R. Y. W. Kwok (Ed.). Globalizing Taipei: Political Economy of Urban Development. New York: Routledge.

Hsu, J. Y., 2005. The evolution of economic base: from industrial city, post-industrial city to interface city. In: R. Y. W. Kwok (Ed.). Globalizing Taipei: Political Economy of Urban Development. New York: Routledge.

徐進鈺 ,2005。 從移植到混血:台商大陸投資電子業的區域網絡化。陳德昇(主編):經濟全球化與台商大陸投資:策略、佈局與比較。台北:晶典文化出版。

2004 “From Transfer to Hybridization: The Changing Organizations of Taiwanese PC Investments in China” Chapter 8 (pp. 173-196) in Linking Industries Across the World: Processes of Global Networking. Eds. By Eike Schamp & Claes-Goran Alvstam. Hampshire: Ashgate

2004 “Towards a Late-industrial District: the Construction of Learning Networks in Hsinchu-Taipei Corridor, Taiwan” in Alternative geographies of Asia in the new millennium: the East Asian Regional Conference on Alternative Geography (EARCAG) intervention (co-edited by Wing-Shing Tang and Fujio Mizuoka)

2004 “New Firm Formation and Technical Upgrading in Taiwanese Semiconductor Industry: Is Petty Commodity Production Still Relevant to High-Technology Development?” Chapter 8 (pp. 145-166) in Petty Capitalists and Globalization: Flexibility, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Eds. By Smart, Alan & Smart, Josephine. New York: State University of New York Press (SUNY Press)

2003 “The Rise of the Interface City? The Role of Taipei City in the Cross-Taiwan Strait Business Networks”, Occasional Paper No. 35, the Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), Hong Kong Baptist University

2002 “Review on Tiger Technology” Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XL: 949-950, September 2002 (SSCI Journal, impact factor: 7.929)

「中國海歸新富與高科技發展:制度、策略與跨國主義」三年計畫,2011/1-2013/12,國科會。 (100-2420-H-002 -009 -MY3)

「 發展型國家空間轉化:矽島計畫案例」三年計畫 ,2010/08-2013/07,國科會。(99-2410-H-002-181-MY3)

「新自由主義化下的發展型國家的區域發展:台灣與南韓、新加坡的經驗」三年計畫 ,2007/08-2010/07,國科會。(96-2415-H-002-021-MY3)

「國際貿易的制度架構︰台灣與加拿大的轉包體系」兩年計畫,2006/07-2008/06,蔣經國學術交流基金會 國際合作研究計畫。(編號:RG002-D-05)

 “A Comparative Study of ICT Industry Development in the Beijing, Shanghai-Suzhou, and Shenzhen-Dongguan City Regions in China”, 2006/05-2009/04, (co-PI) National Science Foundation (USA).

「資訊業台商在大陸投資廠商─區域互連變遷之研究」兩年計畫,2005/07-2007/07,國科會。 (NSC 94-2415-H-002-026-SSS,NSC 95-2415-H-002-004-SSS)

金融服務業與專業實踐社群:台北金融中心個案,2004/08-2005/07,國科會。(NSC 93-2415-H-002-068-SSS)

「跨界研發與區域創新 系:資訊業台商在美國矽谷與中國上海、北京研發活動的比較」兩年計畫,2003/08-2005/07,國科會。 (NSC 92-2415-H-002-020-SSS,NSC 93-2415-H-002-001-)

矽谷─新竹─上海的連結:全球化高科技生產網絡中的介面區域,2002/08-2003/07,國科會。(NSC 91-2415-H-002-029-),同時獲得蔣經國學術交流基金會 國際合作研究計畫補助,(編號:RG008-D-01)

高科技台商投資中國的跨界統理研究──技術社群與全球化過程,2001/08-2002/07,國科會。(NSC 90-2415-H-003-004-)




2012 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2012 Excellent Publication Research Award(Book Chapters), NTU, Taiwan

2011 Excellent Publication Research Award(Book Chapters), NTU, Taiwan

2010 Distinguished Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2010 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2010 Excellent Publication Research Award(Book Chapters), NTU, Taiwan

2009 Distinguished Professor, NTU, Taiwan

2008 Fulbright Scholar. Senior Research Grants, Council for International Exchange of Scholars,USA

2006 Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan 2006 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2003 Wudayou Young Scholar Award, National Science Council, Taiwan