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Oakes, Tim



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research overview

  • My work focuses on social and cultural transformation in contemporary China and, in particular, the uses and reinventions of local culture as a resource for economic development and governance objectives. I have explored this theme in the contexts of ethnic tourism and craft commodity production, cultural heritage development, and urban redevelopment and planning. My most recent research explores the development and use of leisure and consumption spaces in China’s urban areas, as well as in urbanizing areas of rural China. I am currently working on urban planning and infrastructural urbanism in China’s ‘New Area’ urban zones.


  • tourism, cultural economy, heritage, China, governance, regional development, ethnicity, urbanization, infrastructure


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courses taught

  • ASIA 4300 - Open Topics in Asian Literature and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Examines selected texts on a particular topic. Taught by regular or visiting faculty. Topics change each term. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • GEOG 2092 - Advanced Introduction to Human Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Provides a rigorous introduction to key analytical concepts of human geography - place, space, scale, regions, nature, landscapes and territory - while giving an overview of topics addressed in subfields including economic geography, political geography, cultural geography and development geography. Specific topics may vary slightly from semester to semester but will likely include borders and migration, maps, tourism, climate change and the Anthropocene, geopolitical conflict, development, urbanization, nationalism, gender, race, inequality and identity.
  • GEOG 3822 - Geography of China
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Surveys the world's most populous country, examining physical and historical geography, urbanization and regional development, agriculture, population, energy, and the environment. Seeks to situate China's development in a broader Asian and global context. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 4002 - Topics in Human and Environment/Society Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Examines various topics in human and environment / society geography that are not typically covered in the curriculum. Offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of instructors.
  • GEOG 5100 - Special Topics: Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Covers various topics outside of the normal curriculum; offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of faculty. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • GEOG 6742 - Seminar: Cultural Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Explores various geographic topics emphasizing the concept of culture. Emergence of several points of view in the development of cultural geography. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.


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