Tu Lan

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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 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.


  • 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 595: Statistics for Spatial Science
  • GEOG 686: World Economy & Globalization

Selected Publications

Sellar, C., & Lan, T. (2019). Banks, Services, and the State: The Infrastructure Supporting Italian SMEs Abroad. In F. Salvator (Ed.), Proceedings of the 32nd Italian Geography Congress “the Contribution of Geography between Revolutions and Reforms (pp. 1453-1460). Bologna, Italy: Associazione dei Geografi Italiani.

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., 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