Jinn-Yuh Hsu is Professor of Economic Geography and Chair of the Department of Geography at National Taiwan University. He specializes in high-technology industries and regional development in late-industrializing countries.
Jinn-Yuh’s research has focused on the socio-spatial restructuring of technological change and globalization processes. A key initial focus has been the development of the Hsinchu region in Taiwan, a widely claimed successful technopolis in the latecomer-industrialization model. He published a series of prominent papers (both in Chinese and English) on the labour market, technology learning, industrial organization and dynamic institutionalism of the Hsinchu Region and its connection with Silicon Valley. More recently, his research has extended to cover the triangular connection between Silicon Valley, Hsinchu and Shanghai. This addressed the bridging role that Taiwan’s high technology firms have achieved by combining their business experience with Silicon Valley, the technology hub, and their cultural affinity with China’s market. From 2005, Prof Hsu also developed an additional research interest in the spatial politics of the interaction between economic neo-liberalization and political neo-populism in Taiwan, after the economic restructuring and political transformation in the late-1980s.
Jinn-Yuh Hsu has written extensively on the knowledge-worker links between both Taiwan and China and the US, with a focus on knowledge workers as ‘argonauts’ – professionals and entrepreneurs returning to developing countries from (specifically) high-tech spaces in developed nations who may go on to play key roles in the technological ‘catch-up’ of their home countries. His research will therefore offer particular insights into how aspects of the physical planning of a science city development like Hsinchu, Taiwan – such as landscape, amenities and housing provision – have played a role in the attraction of returning knowledge workers. In further developing the Hsinchu science-city case study his research will explore the extent to which institutional initiatives underpinning the continued competitiveness of Silicon Valley (in terms of housing supply, infrastructure development and science and technology policy advocacy), for example, have informed the evolution of governance arrangements in Asian science contexts. This will trace the extent to which models of institutional innovation travel internationally along with key returnee knowledge workers. Jinn-Yuh has rich experience of political-economic contexts across Asia, and long-established linkages with the US context generally and Silicon Valley in particular which will assist in the overall development of the network programme.
Hsu, J. Y. Hsu, Y. H. (2013) State transformation, Policy Learning, and Exclusive Displacement in the Process of Urban Redevelopment in Taiwan Urban Geography，34.5. 677-698
Zhou, Y. Hsu, J.Y. (2011) Divergent engagements: Comparing the roles and strategies of Taiwanese and mainland Chinese returnee entrepreneurs in the information technology industry Global Networks 11.3. 398-419
Hsu, J.Y. (2011) State transformation and regional development in Taiwan: From developmentalist strategy to populist subsidy International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35.3. 600-619
Hsu, J.Y. Yang, Y.R. Ching, C.H. (2009) Revisiting the silicon island? The geographically varied “strategic coupling” in the development of high-technology parks in Taiwan Regional Studies 43.3. 369-384
Hsu J.Y. (2006) The Dynamic Firm-Territory Nexus of Taiwanese Informatics Industry Investments in China Growth and Change 37.2. 230-254
Hsu, J. Y. (2005) A Site of Transnationalism in the “Ungrounded Empire”: Taipei as an Interface City in the Cross-border Business Networks Geoforum 36.5. 654-666
Hsu, J. Y. Smart, A. (2004) The Chinese Diaspora, Foreign Investment, and Economic Development in China, The Review of International Affairs 3.4. 544-566.