Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type



Moore School of Business

Director of Thesis

David Hudgens, Professor

First Reader

Jie Guo, Professor

Second Reader

Jie Guo, Professor


Globalization has impacted urban development in different parts of the world. In particular, the influence of neoliberalism has had a significant impact on gentrification. The academic hegemony of the English language further compounds the complexities of overextending the scope of this definition when applying it outside of its original Anglo-American contexts. East Asia, specifically Hong Kong, presents a unique case study due to its local context historically, politically and market-wise, as well as culturally; all of which make it valuable to study urban development phenomena in the region. However, identifying the indicators of neoliberalism and gentrification in Hong Kong is challenging due to the subjectivity of the measures, resulting in a lack of standardization. In light of the limited literature on gentrification in Hong Kong, there is a need to extend the scope of research to evaluate similar urban development phenomena across different regional contexts in a global reality presumed to be interrelated. Upon analyzing Hong Kong through gentrification parameters as well as its local context, this exploratory study has concluded that Hong Kong has experienced a limited form of gentrification, unique to its local contexts. The purpose of this study is to introduce the subject to spur the generation of research related to expanding the scope of gentrification research in East Asia, and more specifically, Hong Kong. In the future, more studies can be conducted by utilizing more of a quantitative approach in descriptive or causal research.

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