Zhenyu Mou

Zhenyu Mou

dates de séjour

01/09/2016 - 01/07/2017




Professeur associé


Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Cadasters, land market and urban transformation of Shanghai foreign settlements (1843 – 1943)

This project proposes to explore the urban transformation of Shanghai through the study of the cadasters and land market over a century (1849-1949). The cadastres and land deeds permit the construction of complete spatial series on the transformation of urban land and the land market that can be processed in GIS. We seek to establish the modes of development of the city with a focus on the relationships between human and nature, real estate owners and the municipal authorities. In methodological terms, the project fits in the realm of spatial history, with an emphasis on geovisualization and the use of GIS. It requires collecting and processing large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data and the implementation of innovative instruments for historical research. This project will set a significant example of

enabling historical sources through GIS.


Dr. Mou is currently an associate professor at the Institute of History, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Fudan University in historical geography in 2010. Mou Zhenyu joined the Institute of History right after his graduation. Prof. Mou benefited from a fellowship form the French embassy in Beijing then a postdoctoral fellowship from the Rhône-Alpes Region. This allowed him to spend two consecutive years (2010-2012) in France at the Lyon Institute of East Asian Studies (IAO). Dr. Mou Zhenyu’s research interests focus on the issue of urban spatial development in modern Shanghai. He is the author of several papers in Chinese scholarly journals.