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Research Interests:
Social Sciences
Discipline: Geography
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Gordon TAN is currently Assistant Professor at SUTD. As a financial geographer, his work focuses on examining the role of technological changes in shaping the nature of urban financial centres and financial work, how people acquire financial knowledge, and how their financial practices are shaped by new, emerging financial technologies through app-based platforms.

Besides researching on sustainability (green) finance, he is also interested in studying the networked flows of human capital among financial centres and their effect on urban and regional development, and how finance workers can adapt to an increasingly automated work environment. Part of his research interests focuses on the role of misinformation (“fake news”) in shaping societal attitudes towards a diverse range of issues, including immigration and foreign professionals, and financial knowledge and literacy.

As part of his ongoing research agenda that interrogates the intersections between finance, technology and society, Gordon is currently working on how new credit-payment forms like “buy-now-pay-later” (BNPL) and the greater use of fintech apps and social media platforms in personal finance are changing retail financial practices and monetary relations. He is also studying the application of novel technologies like blockchain in the greater financialization of the economy.

Key Publications

  • Tan, G. K. S. (2023). Human capital requirements in Singapore’s international financial centre. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12500
  • Stephens, M., Poon, J.P.H., Tan, G. K. S. (2023). Misinformation in the Digital Age: An American Infodemic. Northhampton: Edward Elgar
  • Tan, G. K. S. (2022). Buy What You Want, Today! Financial Ecologies of “Buy Now, Pay Later” Services in Singapore. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Tan, G. K. S., & Lim, S. S. (2022). Communicative strategies for building public confidence in data governance: Analyzing Singapore’s COVID-19 contact-tracing initiatives. Big Data & Society, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/20539517221104086
  • Tan, G. K. S. (2022). The ‘fintech revolution’ is here! The  disruptive impact of fintech on retail  financial practices. Finance and Society. http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk/ojs-images/financeandsociety/FS_Tan_EarlyView.pdf
  • Tan, G. K. S. (2021). Assembling sustainability reporting in Singapore. Competition & Change. https://doi.org/10.1177/10245294211020624
  • Tan, G. K. S. (2021). Citizens go digital: A discursive examination of digital payments in Singapore’s Smart Nation project. Urban Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/00420980211039407
  • Tan, G. K. S. (2021). Democratizing finance with Robinhood: Financial infrastructure, interface design and platform capitalism. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X211042378
  • Tan, G. K. S., Lim, S. S., & Roy, K. (2021). Lethal, viral, global: Mobile media and the growing international scourge of fake news. In J. Dal Yong (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Globalization (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Tan, G. K. S. (2020). Robo-advisors and the financialization of lay investors. Geoforum, 117, 46–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.09.004
  • Poon, J. P. H., Tan, G. K. S., & Hamilton, T. (2019). Social power, offshore financial intermediaries and a network regulatory imaginary. Political Geography, 68, 55–65.
  • Poon, J. P. H., Tan, G. K. S., & Yin, W. (2015). Wage inequality between financial hubs and periphery. Applied Geography, 61, 47-57


  • PhD in Geography, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (2019)
  • MBA, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York


  • Fintech
  • Financialization
  • Financial infrastructures
  • Plaform finance/capitalism
  • Financial human capital


  • Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Fellowship (Fall 2016)
  • Best Student Paper - Applied Geography Conference 2018 (Kent, Ohio)