Igor Rogelja is now a teaching fellow in the Department of Political and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He received his PhD in Political Science and Government from the SOAS in 2014. From January 2012 to December 2014, he was resident fellow at ERCCT. In 2008, he received his Master's degree with a thesis on Chinese urban forms and their political value. Previously, he had graduated from a joint degree in Japanese Studies and Sinology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he is originally from.
In his research, Igor aimed to examine the why and how of spatial production in the case of so-called creative spaces. By looking at case studies both in Taiwan and China, the research set up a comparative analysis of the application of globalized planning orthodoxies in Greater China; identifying the concept of ‘creative city’ as a contested field, the research examined the different strategies that actors take up, the success (or lack thereof) of organized opposition to urban redevelopment, and maps out a number of potential alternatives to official developmental narratives. The qualitative nature of the project aimed to look beyond issues of regulation and planning and analyse central issues of spatial production, looking critically at the role of civil society, epistemic communities, accepted practices and notions, as well as economic and political elites in the two case studies, hinting at areas of convergence in the production of urban space across the Taiwan Straits.