New paper: ‘Financial advisors, financial ecologies and the variegated financialisation of everyday investors’

My new paper titled 'Financial advisors, financial ecologies and the variegated financialisation of everyday investors', published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, is now available on Early View. Abstract  While recent work on financialisation of everyday life has elucidated the reshaping of everyday consumers as risk-taking investors, the role of financial advisors (FAs) has... Continue Reading →

Paper in Geography Compass free virtual issue

One of my earlier papers in Geography Compass (Economic section)—"New Spatial Logics in Global Cities Research: Networks, Flows and New Political Spaces"— has been selected as one of five most downloaded papers in the journal and relaunched in a new virtual issue. In conjunction with the upcoming Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, the virtual... Continue Reading →

Research paper – “Differentiated Markets: Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong in China’s Financial Centre Network”

Lai, Karen (2011) 'Differentiated Markets: Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong in China's Financial Centre Network', Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098011408143. The online version of this article can be found at: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/06/04/0042098011408143 Abstract: This paper examines the roles of Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong as financial centres by utilising interview and secondary data to analyse the decision-making... Continue Reading →

Research article – “Marketisation through contestation: Reconfiguring China’s financial markets through knowledge networks”

Lai, Karen P.Y. (2010) Marketisation through contestation: Reconfiguring China’s financial markets through knowledge networks, Journal of Economic Geography, doi: 10.1093/jeg/lbq005 Abstract: This paper unpacks a particular case of market making by scrutinising the richness of market meanings, the diversity of market actors and the contested nature of market knowledge and practices, in the context of... Continue Reading →

Book review: Liquidated: an ethnography of Wall Street

A book review that I have written for the Journal of Economic Geography is now available on Advanced Access. This ethnography of Wall Street investment banks by anthropologist Karen Ho is a successful attempt at puncturing the aura of Wall Street superiority, revealing its fragilities, contradictions and the often devastating impacts of their corporate cultures... Continue Reading →

Working papers on GaWC

I have two new working papers on market formation and financial centres in China that are now posted on the Globalisation and World Cities (GaWC) website: Lai, Karen P.Y. (2009) Marketisation through contestation: reconfiguring China’s financial markets through knowledge networks, GaWC Research Bulletin 314. [Download PDF at GaWC website] Lai, Karen P.Y. (2009) Global cities... Continue Reading →

Forthcoming article in Geography Compass

The Publications page has been updated with a note on a forthcoming article on Geography Compass, titled "New Spatial Logics in Global Cities Research: Networks, Flows and New Political Spaces". A link will be added to the journal website when the article is available online. Abstract: While world cities or global cities research has become an established... Continue Reading →

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