publications etc.

Google Scholar page

peer-reviewed journal articles

Peck, J., Bok, R., and Zhang, J. (2020) ‘Hong Kong — a model on the rocks?’ Territory, Politics, Governance, 1-20. Online first. DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2020.1837221. [pdf]

Bok, R. (2020) ‘The relational co-production of “success” and “failure,” or the politics of anxiety of exporting urban “models” elsewhere.’ Urban Geography, 41(9), 1218-1239. [pdf]. Honorable mention, Urban Geography Early Career Researcher Prize. [Republished in C. Temenos and J. Lauermann (eds) The Urban Politics of Policy Failure. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming in 2023)]

Bok, R. (2019) ‘”By our metaphors you shall know us”: The “fix” of geographical political economy’. Progress in Human Geography, 43(6), 1087-1108. [pdf]

Bok, R. and Coe, N. M. (2017) ‘Geographies of policy knowledge: The state and corporate dimensions of contemporary policy mobilities’. Cities, 63, 51-57. [pdf]

Bok, R. (2015) ‘Airports on the move? The policy mobilities of Singapore Changi Airport at home and abroad’. Urban Studies, 52(14), 2724-2740. [pdf]

Coe, N. M. and Bok, R. (2014) ‘Retail transitions in Southeast Asia’. The International Journal of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 24(5), 479-499. [pdf]

book chapters, essays, and reviews

Bok, R. (2021) ‘The durability of deprivation’. City, 25(5-6), 798-802. (Review forum on Manufacturing Decline organized by E. Rosenman and J. Hackworth). [pdf]

Bok, R. (2021) ‘Wayfinding in the long shadow of city benchmarking: Or how to manufacture (an economy of) comparability in the global urban’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45(2), 381-384. (Intervention forum organized by M. Acuto, D. Pejic, and J. Briggs). [pdf]

Bok, R. (2020) ‘In search of ordinary “elsewheres” in global urbanism: On Ola Söderström’s Cities in Relations.’ In H. Leitner, J. Peck, and E. Sheppard (eds.) Urban Studies Inside Out: Theory, Method, Practice. Sage, 206-215. [pdf]

Bok R (2019) Invited entry on ‘Urban mobile policy’, in A. M. Orum (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. [pdf]

Bok, R. and Coe, N. M. (2018) ‘The urban politics of strategic coupling in global production networks.’ In K, Ward, A. E. G. Jonas, B. Miller, and D. Wilson (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. London: Routledge, 70-84. [pdf]

public scholarship

Rosenman, E., and Bok, R. (2021) ‘Only a handful of US foundations quickly pitched in as the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, early data indicates. The Conversation (US) (March 17).

Bok, R. (2015) ‘Experiments in sustainable urbanism at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.’ Singapore Geography Teachers’ Association Annual Newsletter.


conference and workshop organization

2021 Co-organizer (with Pablo Fuentenebro Alonso, University of Melbourne; Emily Rosenman, Penn State University; and Michele Acuto, University of Melbourne): ‘Geographies of philanthropy: Disaggregating the philanthropic complex.’ RGS-IBG Annual Conference.

2020 Co-organizer (with Emily Rosenman, Penn State University): ‘Municipal crises and global urban governance: Can philanthropy save the city?’. Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. 2-4 April. (canceled due to COVID-19).

2018 Co-organizer (with Emma Colven, UCLA): ‘Disrupting policy mobilities, displacing the “expert”‘ (I, II, III). AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 10-14 April.

2017 Co-organizer (with Nina Ebner, UBC; Mikael Omstedt, UBC; and Jamie Peck. UBC): ‘Doing urban studies differently.’ University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 3 April.

2014 Co-organizer (with Jingfu Chen, NUS): Geography Graduate Workshop. National University of Singapore, Singapore. 15 April.

conference presentations

2019 ‘Globalizing the urban “solutions” industry.’ Presented at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. 24-27 April.

2019 (with Jamie Peck and Jun Zhang) ‘A necessary delusion? The Hong Kong model, (post)colonial practice, and the neoliberal imagination.’ Presented at the AAG Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 3-7 April.2018 ‘The “urban age” of technocracy’. Presented at the AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 10-14 April.

2017 ‘The many lives of policy “failure”: periodizing the policy regime of Sino-Singapore urban megaprojects’. Presented at the AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. 5-9 April.

2016 ‘Eco-cities in the making: urban policy models and the geopolitics of state expertise’. Panelist at ‘Memes, schemes and dreams: Singapore urban futures’ (organized by Nanyang Technological University), Singapore. 10-11 June.

2015 (with Neil M. Coe) ‘Understanding policy mobilizations through the commodification of “policy”‘. Presented at the AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 21-25 April.

2014 ‘The geo-eco-politics in/of mobile policies of “sustainable urbanism”‘. Presented at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, UK. 26-29 August.


invited talks/interviews

2019 ‘Experts and Cities.’ Invited podcast interview for City Road Podcast (Producers: Dallas Rogers and Sophie Webber, University of Sydney). October 8. Available online.

2015 ‘The (geo)politics of being global: the “Singapore model” on the world stage.’ Invited lecture at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. 3 September. (Instructor: Diganta Das)


journal reviews

Since 2017 I have reviewed papers for the following journals: Annals of the American Association of Geographers; Capitalism Nature Socialism; City, Culture and Society; cultural geographies; Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space; Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space; Futures; Geoforum; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Political Geography; Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; Urban Geography; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

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