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Cities for Profit-Associate Professor Gavin Shatkin looks at mega projects in Asia

Associate Professor Gavin Shatkin has published a new book, “Cities for Profit: The Real Estate Turn in Asia’s Urban Politics.” Cities for Profit examines the phenomenon of urban real estate megaprojects in Asia―massive, privately built planned urban developments that have captured the imagination of politicians, policymakers, and citizens across the region. These controversial projects, embraced by elites, occasion massive displacement and have extensive social and economic impacts. Gavin Shatkin finds commonalities and similarities in dozens of such projects in Jakarta, Kolkata, and Chongqing.