B.S., Peking University, China, 2006
M.S., Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2007
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
global production networks, industrial districts, urban political economy, transnational migration, labor geography, social theory, modernity, spatial data analysis, apparel, China and Italy
Tu Lan is an assistant professor of geography. Before joining UNH in 2015, he was a lecturer of geography at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his Ph.D. in geography in 2014. Lan is an economic geographer working in the fields of global production networks, industrial districts, urban political economy, transnational migration, and social theory. His areal specialty is on China and Europe. His dissertation titled "Made in Italy, by Chinese: How Chinese Migration Changed the Apparel Production Networks in Prato" investigates the ways in which Chinese entrepreneurs and workers built a lower cost, fast fashion industry in Prato, Italy, one of the most expensive regions in the world. The research explores a new dimension of globalization in which Chinese capital and labor are increasingly impacting the economies of the other parts of the world. Lan's more recent research focuses on the European investment promotion communities in China. Working with collaborators from Italy and Austria, he studies the ways in which these communities transformed the global production networks since the 2008 economic crisis. Meanwhile, he also studies the political economy in China including issues of labor law, apparel industries, and ideological opinions. At UNH, Lan teaches undergraduate-level classes on economic geography, regional geography of the non-western world, and development geography.