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


Gordon TAN is currently Faculty Fellow 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, and how people understand and interact with new, emerging financial technologies like bitcoin. He is also interested in studying the networked flows of human capital among financial centres and their effect on urban and regional development. As part of his ongoing research agenda that interrogates the intersections between finance, technology and society, Gordon is currently working on a co-authored book that explores misinformation in the online era from a geographical perspective.

Key Publications

  • 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


  • Financial human capital
  • Networked information flows
  • Processes of financialization
  • New financial technologies


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