Tu Lan

Phone: (603) 862-1719
Office: Geography, Huddleston Hall Rm 102, Durham, NH 03824
Tu Lan

Tu Lan is an Assistant Professor of Geography. Before joining UNH in 2015, he was a Visiting Lecturer of Geography at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his Ph.D. in Geography in 2014. He is an economic geographer working in the fields of global production networks, industrial districts, political economy, and social theory. His research mainly focuses on transformation of the global economy after the Great Recession and the changing economic relations between China and other countries. His research includes Chinese apparel firms in Italy, investment promotion communities between China and Italy, industrial upgrading in China, and more recently Chinese enrollment at American colleges. He also has a second line of research studying the correlations between economic development and political attitudes in China.


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S., Geoinformation Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • B.S., Geography, Peking University

Research Interests

  • Apparel
  • China
  • Global production networks
  • Industrial districts
  • Italy
  • Labor geography
  • Modernity
  • Social theory
  • Spatial data analysis
  • Transnational migration
  • Urban political economy

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 402: Rgnl Geography Non-Westrn Wrld
  • GEOG 530: Geography of China
  • GEOG 582: Global Trade
  • GEOG 591: Making Maps
  • GEOG 595: Statistics for Spatial Science
  • GEOG 686: World Economy & Globalization
  • GEOG 695: Internship

Selected Publications

Sellar, C., Lan, T., & Poli, U. (2018). The Geoeconomics/Politics of Italy’s Investment Promotion Community. Geopolitics, 23(3), 690-717. doi:10.1080/14650045.2017.1350171

Zhu, S., Lan, T., & He, C. (2017). New Generation, New Path: Industrial Restructuring Led by China's "Notorious" Fuerdai Generation. CHINA REVIEW-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL ON GREATER CHINA, 17(3), 1-30. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Xiao, D., & Lan, T. (2017). Mapping ideological opinions in China using online survey. Annals of GIS, 23(2), 79-91. doi:10.1080/19475683.2017.1304447

Lan, T. (2017). Fordism and Post-Fordism. In International Encyclopedia of Geography, 15 Volume Set People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. John Wiley & Sons.

Lan, T., Sellar, C., & Shuang, C. (2016). The Transnational Investment Promotion Community between Italy and China: An Example of Post Washington Consensus Neoliberalism. J-Reading - Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography, 5(2), 35-49. Retrieved from http://www.j-reading.org/index.php/geography

Zhu, S., & Lan, T. (2016). New economic geographies of manufacturing in China. Geography Compass, 10(11), 470-481. doi:10.1111/gec3.12297

Lan, T. (2016). Politics of Visibility in the Chinese Community in Prato, Italy. In Transcending Borders Selected Papers in East Asian Studies. Florence, Italy: Firenze University Press.

Lan, T., Pickles, J., & Zhu, S. (2015). State Regulation, Economic Reform and Worker Rights: The Contingent Effects of China’s Labour Contract Law. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 45(2), 266-293. doi:10.1080/00472336.2014.940592

Lan, T. (2015). Industrial District and the Multiplication of Labour: The Chinese Apparel Industry in Prato, Italy. Antipode, 47(1), 158-178. doi:10.1111/anti.12104

Lan, T., & Zhu, S. (2014). Chinese apparel value chains in Europe: low-end fast fashion, regionalization, and transnational entrepreneurship in Prato, Italy. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 55(2), 156-174. doi:10.1080/15387216.2014.948471

Most Cited Publications