Maurice K-C. Yip

Maurice K-C. Yip
University of Lausanne | UNIL · Institute of Geography and Sustainability

Master of Philosophy

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Introduction
My research engages in debates in social sciences, particularly geography and urban studies. I am exploring coworking spaces and sharing urbanism. I build my work on the shoulders of giants who developed legal geography (property-sovereignty nexus, commoning, regulation, and performativity), theorised territoriality (planning, governance, experiment, and innovation), and studied the Global East (East Asian urban transformation under global uneven geography). Website: https://mauriceyip.space/
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - January 2022
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Visiting Researcher
May 2019 - present
University of Lausanne
Position
  • Graduate Assistant in Legal Geography
January 2017 - December 2018
Hong Kong Baptist University
Position
  • Teaching Assistant/ Tutor
Description
  • 【China Studies】Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey【Geography】Geography and the Contemporary World, Urban Geography, Urban Planning
Education
February 2020 - April 2024
University of Lausanne
Field of study
  • Legal Geography, Urban Planning
January 2017 - November 2019
Hong Kong Baptist University
Field of study
  • Legal Geography, Urban Theories, Hong Kong Studies
September 2012 - November 2016
Hong Kong Baptist University
Field of study
  • Geography, Journalism

Publications

Publications (22)
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Religious organizations participate in urban redevelopment in various ways including redeveloping their churches. While the literature has attempted to explain church redevelopment from different perspectives, what has often been forgotten is the fundamental characteristic of churches as property in cities. Drawing on the established scholarship of...
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Tin Shui Wai new town in Hong Kong, known as the “city of sadness,” has been narrated by the “Tin Shui Wai Myth” that attributes its urban problems to the planning failures after the colonial government rescued the developers, including a Chinese red capital, from a market slump in the early 1980s. This myth creates misunderstandings, which confuse...
Conference Paper
While spatial practices and ideas performing the rhetoric of sharing are transforming cities worldwide, the sharing urbanism challenges the urban legality, questioning whether the law restricts or facilitates changes in urban spatiality. Shelly Kreiczer-Levy argues the access economy, as the increasingly flexible access in property use characterise...
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This proposal considers risk management as a socio-material practice that changes constantly through the constitutive relations between hazard, law, and space. Relational uncertainties emerge at the core of this practice, as a product of the constantly unfolding interactions between legal/social/spatial relations. However, most scholars in differen...
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This paper interrogates the legal certainty principle with the observation of urban spaces, whose changes are characterised as uncertain, flexible, and contingent. It considers impreciseness as a paradoxical characteristic of the law in governing urban spaces.
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Urban studies scholarship on Hong Kong fairly explains the urban transformations and transitions during and after the colonial period, analyzes the role of Hong Kong in the global network of cities, and interprets the present challenges and uncertainties faced by the city. Located in East Asia, Hong Kong, a former British colonial city, lies on the...
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[Purpose] This study aims to explore how urban governance of Hong Kong is impacted by the formulation and implementation of the new constitutional order of “one country, two systems” that distinguishes between the British colonial government and the current government under Chinese sovereignty. ・ [Design/methodology/approach] While the literature r...
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This chapter conceptualizes an understanding of territory as the space of the property-sovereignty nexus in order to problematize the particular ways the nexus is made, entrenched, and enacted in Hong Kong. Such a conceptualization is rooted in some observations of land and the Anti-ELAB Movement. By tracing the historical linkages between the poli...
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In this intervention, I examine the bordering dynamics in the nomosphere configured by the global pandemic crisis and their territorial consequences, drawing on an autoethnography of the impact of bordering on everyday life and academic practices. On the one hand, I rely on my observation of Switzerland, and Europe in general, to discuss the bodily...
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There are two analytical directions of promise. While legal scholars tend to understand promise as a human behaviour which is central to legal practices and political life, urban studies and human geography explore the agency of nonhumans (for example, land titles, master plans, inhabitants relocation plans, and infrastructures) in it. To prelimina...
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Last year, 2019, observed a striking global landscape of contentious politics. Understanding and explaining this wave of street protests demand rigorous intellectual interventions. Mark Frazier’s The Power of Place is a timely contribution that takes us back to a century ago and guides the city tours of Shanghai in China and Bombay (currently Mumba...
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This research monograph, published in Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series, aims to contribute an analysis of the privatized and commercialized urban space in China to the debates in property rights research. Yiming Wang defines the publicly accessible and privately managed space, lying inside the property boundary of the commercial comple...
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Phrases such as property state, real estate hegemony, land-dependent economy and land (re)development regime are invoked to characterise Hong Kong’s urban governance. While such vocabulary helps explore land injustice in Hong Kong and recognises the society has been heavily relying on land and property activities, few attempts notice the uniqueness...
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【This paper has received the second prize in the best paper award.】 A city is an assemblage of property. For Western liberal democracies, states guarantee and protect individuals’ rights to property, even with legitimate force, within their territories. Failure to protect property rights from violence leads to governance and legitimacy crises. Yet...
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This paper probes the prevailing discussion of land injustice in Hong Kong by offering a theoretically-informed definition of this concept. Through an empirical investigation of the redevelopment of ‘Government/ Institution or Community’ (G/IC) land in Hong Kong, this paper explains how these urban transformations manifest land injustice.
Thesis
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This thesis probes the land (in)justice in Hong Kong by presenting an archival research which contributes to the inter-disciplinary scholarship of legal geography. It conceptualises the leasehold land system as the legal mechanism in the land (re)development regime and politicises the understanding of land (in)justice by explaining how it is produc...
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Locating in the North-western area of the New Territories, Tin Shui Wai new town in Hong Kong, currently accommodating 300,000 people, has been perceived as the ‘city of sadness’ because of the identified social problems. The existing literature on this new town always argues that these social problems were an outcome of planning failure and the la...
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Urban density has been the focus of attention in urban agenda. Being a typical high-density city, Hong Kong is chosen as case study to review the conceptualization of urban density question. Oversimplification of density as physical and technical construct has overlooked the multi-dimensional nature of density. There is a need to reconceptualise ur...
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Spatiality is central to the discipline of geography. What legal geographers have been doing during the past few decades are to recognize the mutual constitution of law and spatiality, and to argue power relations interconnect the both. This inter-disciplinary scholarship has been increasingly visible in the discipline of geography. Yet, it is rece...
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It is the objective of this article to tell the spatial story of St. Francis’s Yard in Wan Chai from the geographical perspective, discussing how its rises and falls echo the urban development trajectory of Hong Kong. Other than the life course in sociology and oral history in history, the methodology of spatial story in geography highlights the sp...
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This project attempts to tell the spatial story of the redevelopment project of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Wan Chai in the 1990s, and thus to examine the complexities between space, power, and capital of urban process. Spatial story is developed as a geographical methodology in this project. Making use of qualitative and quantitative method...

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* to explain 'sharing urbanism' based on property and planning laws and theories * to describe the performative practices of placing, regulating, and territorialising coworking spaces * to clarify the ambiguous meaning of urban commoning from the perspective of legal geography
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To advance the legal geography of territoriality, and the understanding of the mediating roles of both planning and property between urban transformations and democracy. To empirically explore the potentiality of social innovation and experiments in conflict-affected territorial development for democratisation, especially in cities in the Global East such as Taipei.
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