publications etc.

Google Scholar page

journal articles

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 intervention forum, early view. DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12977 [pdf]

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]

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

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. [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]


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]


conference and workshop organization

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, Mikael Omstedt, and Jamie Peck): ‘Doing urban studies differently.’ University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 3 April.

2014 Co-organizer (with Jingfu Chen): 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.

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