Jun Zhang

Assistant Professor,

Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto


Jun Zhang (张军) is an assistant professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto. Before moving to Toronto in August 2013, he had been a faculty member of the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore since 2007. He has been researching China’s Internet industry since 2001 when he was working on his Ph.D. dissertation project entitled “Market Transition and the Spatial Dynamics of Internet Development in China”, exploring the emergence of China’s Internet industry in the broader context of China’s market-oriented transition and global integration, and the predominant concentration of Internet entrepreneurship and startup firms in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. During 2002-03, he interviewed some 200 leading Internet entrepreneurs and surveyed 100+ major Internet startups at the time. His work on China’s Internet development has been published at China Review, Regional StudiesEurasian Geography and Economics, Environment and Planning D,and other academic journals. As part of this project and subsequently through his research project on “Venture Capital Development in China” conducted between 2007-2010, he explored the rise of China’s Venture Capital industry partly as a result of this industry’sglobal expansion and post-crisis restructuring. A paper entitled “The Spatial Dynamics of Globalizing Venture Capital in China”has been published at Environment and Planning A, and several other research papers of his venture capital research project are still in progress. Recently, he has been interested in exploring the broad features of the emerging ‘China Capitalism’ and its multi-scalar dynamics, partly in collaboration with Professor Jamie Peck at University of British Columbia. Some of the research outcomes have been published (or forthcoming) at Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, and Urban Studies. He has another ongoing research project exploring the technological and spatial strategies of the prominent global electronics manufacturing service provider Foxconn, and its embeddedness and power relations within the global production networks, consisting of Foxconn and its global outsourcing clients, Chinese local states and (migrant) workers. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees from the Department of Geography (later named Urban and Environmental Sciences) at Peking University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. He received his doctor degree in Geography at University of Minnesota in 2007.