Piper Gaubatz, Associate Professor, Program Head for Geography, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts













Piper Gaubatz (Associate Professor of Geography and Geography Program Head, University of Massachusetts) is an urban geographer specializing in the analysis of urban form and spatial restructuring in China and Japan. She carried out undergraduate and graduate studies in geography, sociology, architecture, and Chinese at Princeton University (B.A., 1984), the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1986; Ph.D., 1989), and Beijing University (Advanced Research Student). In 1987 she began her Ph.D. research under the direction of noted Geographer Hou Renzhi while she was a graduate student at Beijing University. She has since carried out extended fieldwork in ten Chinese cities. Her comparative research on recent urban change in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xiamen led to her contribution to Davis, et. al. (1995) Urban Spaces in Contemporary China and a series of subsequent morphological analyses in journals such as Urban Studies, Geographical Review, and Built Environment, while her earlier fieldwork in Hohhot, Urumqi, and other Chinese frontier cities provided the basis for her discussion of past and present urban change in Beyond the Great Wall: Urban Form and Transformation on the Chinese Frontiers (1996) and subsequent articles in journals such as Built Environment, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and Eurasian Geography and Economics. In 2005 she was awarded a position as a senior fellow at the Yale University Center for Agrarian Studies for her work on environmental history in China’s northern frontier regions. Gaubatz' current work includes examinations of regional disparities between urban development in eastern China and the interior (see “Xining’s Wangfujing? Commercial Redevelopment, Globalization and Regional Inequality in Urban China,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 49(2): 1-20, May 2008), and the environmental impacts of urban development in the past and present.