Mi Shih, who joined the faculty of the Bloustein School in 2014 as an assistant professor, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. At the graduate level, she teaches courses in Planning Methods and International Urbanization and Housing Issues, while at the undergraduate level she teaches Research Methods and The Urban World.
Earlier this year, she was selected to the U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group, a three-year program organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. In September 2019, her article ‘Development Rights: Regulating Vertical Urbanism in Taiwan’ published in Planning Theory and Practice , receive an honorable mention award by the Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) Faculty Best Journal Article Award Committee. In the award selection, the committee noted that “the article is an original and important topic whose application extends beyond Taiwan to large cities globally and also draws a strong link between planning ideology and planning regulations.”
Dr. Shih received her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School in 2010.
Prior to joining the Bloustein School faculty, she served as an assistant professor in the Human Geography and Planning Program at the University of Alberta, Canada. Between 2011 and 2013, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the China Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Shih’s research involves two major areas. While building on ethnographic fieldwork methods, she examines Chinese urbanization, particularly focusing on the role of the state, shifting urban-rural boundaries, displacement, people’s livelihood changes, and social conflicts over land development. Utilizing mixed research methods, her second research area focuses on planning regulation, land development rights, land assembly instruments, and discursive and institutional practices of value capture in urban development in Taiwan. She has published numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals including International Development and Planning Review, Planning Theory & Practice, Land Use Policy, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Environment and Planning A, and Urban Studies.