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Dr J.J. Zhang 張家傑

Assistant Professor

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Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2014University of DurhamPhD
2010National University of SingaporeM.Soc.Sci in Geography
2007National University of SingaporeB.Soc.Sci. (First Class Honours) in Geography

J.J. Zhang obtained his PhD in the field of cultural geography from the University of Durham, UK. Before going to Durham, he completed his M.Soc.Sci in Geography (2009) at the National University of Singapore. He also holds a B.Soc.Sci. (First Class Honours) in Geography (2007) from the same university. His research interests lie in the intersection of cultural geography, landscape governance, tourism and geopolitics. Issues pertaining to the cultural-geo-political dimensions of a tourism landscape as they unfold at the 'lived' and 'everyday' levels are what stimulate his inquisitive mind. 

Born and raised in Singapore, he is the third generation of Kinmenese immigrants on the island state. His grandparents settled in Singapore, from the island of Kinmen (Quemoy), Taiwan. J.J's ancestry has drawn him back to Kinmen several times. Since being introduced to Kinmen's battlefield heritage, he has been inspired by its rich legacy, and has since based his research on the island's battlefield tourism landscape. Interest in this former Cold War frontier and its people has contributed significantly to his continual inquiry into the implications of cross-border tourism for China-Taiwan relations in the wider geopolitical context. His work on the material cultures of memory and identity seeks to go well beyond the usual state led initiatives to look at how commercial culture is shaping and responding to memories and cross-strait movements.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2009-04-011st Prize, Graduate Student Paper Competition (Best paper overall): Association of American Geographers (AAG); Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group
Research Achievement
2009-09-01Durham Doctoral Fellowship (Full scholarship awarded under the University’s fast-track initiative): Durham University, UK
Research Achievement
2012-04-01Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov Student Paper Award (Best paper in the PhD category): Association of American Geographers (AAG); Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Research Achievement
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Qualitative methods定性研究方法
Geographies of tourism觀光地理學
Cultural geography文化地理學
Border studies邊界研究
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Minnanhua, Putonghua英語、閩南話、普通話
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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