Dr Andrew Law
Senior lecturer in Town Planning and Degree Programme Director of the BA (Hons) Architecture and Urban Planning
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5408
- Address: School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
Chinese mobile: + 32 187 102 583 81
I am a sociologist with a strong interest in the sub-disciplines of 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 contextualizing built heritage, urban conservation, architecture(s), planning and landscapes.
Recent academic work
In recent years my attention has turned towards China and particularly Chinese identity, culture, urban development and built heritage. During my academic career I have visited China numerous times and have explored a number of great and interesting cities and places including: Beijing, Chengdu, Gulangyu, Hong Kong, Jining, Macau, Qingdao, Qufu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tai'an, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an.
Visiting academic positions
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)
- 1st of January, 2017 to the 1st of January, 2019: visiting researcher at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)
- 10th of February to the 10th of March 2013: visiting researcher as part of the F7 PUMAH project; Peking University.
- 1st of August to the 10th of August, 2013: visiting researcher as part of the F7 PUMAH project; Peking University.
- 10th of March to the 10th of May 2013: visiting researcher as part of the F7 PUMAH project; Wuhan University: School of Urban Design.
Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology
- 10th of May to the 31st of July 2013: visiting researcher as part of the F7 PUMAH project; Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology.
- 28th of June to the 12th of July, 2017: visiting teacher at Xiamen University, China.
External academic associations
- I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- I am a member of the British Association of Chinese Studies – since July 2014.
Internal academic associations
- I am a member of the steering committee of the HASS faculty based Anthropocene Research Group.
- I a convener of the HASS faculty based Asian Studies Group.
- I am a leader of the GURU based group, Identities, culture and heritage (ICH).
- Intermediate Mandarin - Above tourist level but below conversational. I have passed the HSK2.
- Basic Japanese and basic French.
After completing my PhD in 2004, I have conducted a variety of research projects; whilst these projects were different, similar themes have ran through these investigations; specifically, issues around the use and abuse of history, historical imaginaries, historical simulacra, remembering, forgetting, nostalgia, and ideas surrounding the concept of 'golden ages' and/or the 'good life'.
Often, I have explored how selective discourses of the past are utilized by developers, governmental officials, urban specialists, planners and architects in the formation of historic urban landscapes. My investigations have also revealed the competing political interests and struggles that emerge in the process of historic urban identity making and urban marketing.
I have 8 main over-arching interests:
- The impact of historic ideas and historical imaginaries on the present.
- The role of selective remembering and forgetting - particularly historical memory - in the present.
- The role of nostalgia in the present.
- The idea of 'golden age(s)', or the 'good olde days' or the 'good life'.
- Faux history, invented tradition, faux-tradition, plastic-history, historical simulacra/simulacrum.
- The use of history, selective remembering and forgetting, nostalgia, historical imaginaries, heritage in the construction of identities and notions of place and space.
- The use and abuse of history, remembering, forgetting, historical memory, nostalgia and heritage by elite actors.
- The role of all the themes discussed above in the production of built heritage, urban conservation, architecture(s) landscapes, and town planning.
As stated on my profile page in recent years my research has centred around work in China particularly relating to issues of Chinese identity, culture, heritage and urban development, planning and architecture.
I am the lead organiser of a conference on the Yangtze River that will take place between the 4-6th of December this year (2017). If you are interested please click on the link below:
To register click this link:https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=150368
I have been part of many funded projects over the course of my career; recently I was funded by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust and the British Academy/Leverhulme (Small Research Grant application 2014 Round) "Reconstructing Han Identities: The Hanfu Movement in Contemporary China". Reference: SG140012.
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 to 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 24th to the 27th of June, 2017. http://aas-in-asia2017.com/ at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.
- 26th of May, 2017: ‘The Hanfu movement?’ presentation given to the GURU symposium for the identities, culture and heritage theme (10 minutes, plus panel questions).
- 1st of February, 2016: ‘Flooding and pollution: Risks to the physical, human and architectural (urban) heritage of the Yangtze River’, (The Yangtze River project), informal research presentation given to the Department of Architecture, Construction and Engineering Built Environment at the Politecnico di Milano
Presentations for 2016
- 20th of December, 2016: ‘Social theory, social science and qualitative methods’, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University.
- 6th of April, 2016: ‘Searching for “deep modernities” and constructing Chinese modern identities: using history and heritage in the indigenisation of global capitalist modernity in Chinese cities’, paper given to the Reclaiming Identity and (Re) Materialising Pasts, Approaches to Heritage Conservation in China, Conference at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.
Presentations for 2015
- 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’, School, 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’. Geography and Planning research seminars (Open to the public as well as academic staff); School of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool.
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 September, 2014: ‘The problem of the creative individual: How can we nurture creative individuals in China?’ paper given to the International Cultural Trade Forum; Beijing International Studies University (BISU).
- 18th of July, 2014: ‘The construction of Historical imaginaries: Remaking the Tang dynasty in Xi’an, framing heritage, land and Buddhism’ informal PUMAH workshop for our XUAT guests.
- 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.
- 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.
Presentations in 2012
- 11th of July, 2012: “Balancing commercial and heritagescapes: atmosphere, vitality and sterility in the Longtang’s in Shanghai” - paper given for the AESOP 26th Annual Congress, Ankara Turkey
- 5th of July, 2012: ‘Spirituality and Ontological Security in the work of Philip K Dick’; paper given for the session: 'Geographies of Spirituality: Security, Wellbeing and the Extraordinary' (1) RGS/IBG, Security of geography/geography of security; Edinburgh University.
- 19th of June, 2012: ‘Historic Conservation, Nostalgia and China’, paper given for the Sustaining Creative Economies, 3rd International Culture Trade Forum–Beijing: Newcastle University Business School, NUBS.
- 13th of February, 2012: Talk on “Discussing Place” to the FINNISH INSTITUTE, Newcastle University.
PhD related teaching
I run the SAPL supplementary theory sessions for PGRS. These sessions include workshops on Critical realism, Marxism, Post-structuralism, Actor-Network Theory, Phenomenology, Non-representational theory etc.
I contribute to the following masters' courses:
- TCP8911: Research design
- TCP8902: Reflexive Practitioner
- TCP8099: Dissertation
- TCP7204: Conservation and the City
I am module leader for the following courses:
- TCP3054: Planning Theory
- APL2002: Alternative Practice Field Trip.
- APL2001: Alternative Practice Theory
- APL1001: Alternative Practice History
I also contribute to
- TCP3099: Dissertation
- TCP2028: Understanding Cities etc
- TCP1025: Social Worlds
- TCP1027: Shaping Towns and Cities
- 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. 2017. In Preparation.
- 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. 2017. 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, 2017. Submitted.
- 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 2017. In Press.
- Law A, Veldpaus L. Consuming colonial nostalgia, growth coalitions and town planning in China. Urbanistica Informazioni 2017. In Press.
- 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. In Press.
- Law A. Andrew Law on Chinese Ecologies. Architectural Review Quarterly 2017, 21(3). In Press.
- Pendlebury J, Wang Y, Law A. Re-using 'uncomfortable heritage': The case of the 1933 Building, Shanghai. International Journal of Heritage Studies 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
- 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.