Mi Shih, Ph.D.

Mi Shih

Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., National Taiwan; Ph.D., Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Room 366, Civic Square Building
  • (848) 932-2755
  • mi.shih [at] ejb.rutgers.edu
Research Interests
  • International urbanization
  • Land development, land politics and property rights
  • Displacement
  • Social protests and community participation
  • Ethnographic methods

Mi Shih joined the faculty of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in 2014. Prior to this appointment, 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. She received her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University in 2010. Her research involves two major areas. 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. Employing 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 articles in scholarly and professional journals.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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  • Planning Methods
  • International Urbanization and Housing Issues
  • The Urban World
  • Research Method

Journal Articles
  • Shih, Mi. Land and People: Governing Social Conflicts in China’s State-Led Urbanisation. International Development and Planning Review (Accepted for publication on January 28, 2019)
  • Nick R. Smith, Dan Abramson, and Mi Shih. Planning China’s Communities: Between People and Place. International Development and Planning Review (Accepted for publication in January 2019)
  • Shih, Mi, Hsiutzu Betty Chang and Frank J. Popper. 2019. Development Rights: Regulating Vertical Urbanism in Taiwan. Planning Theory & Practice, 19(5), pp. 717-733. doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2018.1535085
  • Shih, Mi, Ying-Hui Chiang, and Hsiutzu Betty Chang. 2019. Where Does Floating TDR Land? An Analysis of Location Attributes in Real Estate Development in Taiwan. Land Use Policy, 82, pp. 832-840. doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.12.029
  • Shih, Mi, Ying-Hui Chiang, Hsiutzu Betty Chang, and Chin-Oh Chang. 2019. Commodification of Development Rights and What It Does to the Urban Housing Market in Taiwan. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 39(2), pp. 194-205. doi.org/10.1177/0739456X17737139
  • Shih, Mi. 2017. Rethinking Displacement in Peri-Urban Transformation in China. Environment and Planning A, 49(2), pp. 389-406. doi.org/10.1177/0308518X16670158
  • Shih, Mi and Hsiutzu Betty Chang. 2016. Transfer of Development Rights and Public-Facility Planning in Taiwan: An Examination of Local Adaptation and Spatial Impact. Urban Studies, 53(6), pp. 1244-1260. doi.org/10.1177/0042098015572974
Book Chapters
  • Shih, Mi. forthcoming. Regulatory Fiction and the Sanctuary of the Collective: Land Expropriation in Peri-Urban Guangzhou. In Asher Ghertner and Robert Lake (eds.), Land Fictions: The Commodification of Land in City and Country (Cornell University Press)
  • Shih, Mi. 2015. The Paradox of Weiquan Movements in Urban China: Social Inequality and Individual Negotiation in Land Development. In F. Miraftab, K. Salo and D. Wilson (eds.), Cities and Inequalities in a Transnational World. Routledge.
Other Publications
  • Shih, Mi, Ying-Hui Chiang, Hsiutzu Betty Chang. Forthcoming. “Floating TDR” and Land Value Capture in Taiwan: Designing a More Effective Land Finance Tool. Digital Case Library, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. (accepted in June 2018)
  • Shih, Mi. Forthcoming. Floating Transfer of Development Rights in Taiwan. In Elliott Sclar, Bernadette Baird Zars, Lauren Ames Fischer, and Valerie E. Stahl (eds.), Zoning: A Guide for 21st Century Planning (Under contract, Routledge) (short case study. forthcoming in October, 2019)
  • Shih, Mi. 2013. Making Rural China Urban. The China Story Journal.
  • Shih, Mi and Carolyn Cartier. 2011. Particularities and Complexities: Unpacking State Policy in Local China. Provincial China. 3(1), pp. 1-7.

Areas of Expertise: International Development