Dr Toby Lincoln

Lecturer in Chinese Urban HistoryToby Lincoln 2013

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5907
  • Email: tl99@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 18, 5 Salisbury Road
  • Office Hours (Semester 2 2017/18): Tuesday 2-4pm
  • Dissertation Office Hour: Tuesday 4pm - 5pm

    Personal details

After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 1999, I spent two years living and working in China. On my return to the UK, I embarked on further study in London before pursuing a D.Phil at the University of Oxford. After a year as a postdoctoral associate at the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University, I joined the department here at Leicester in 2010.


Examples of the modules I teach:


Research themes

I study modern Chinese urban history. Concentrating on the twentieth century, I am particularly concerned with urban morphology, the changing rural-urban relationship and daily life in different environments. Additionally, I work on the relationship between war and the city, the importance of social networks in Chinese history and how ideas about cities have and are being disseminated across East Asia.

Current research projects

I am currently working on two research projects. The first is a summary of Chinese urbanization from its origins to the present, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press as part of its New Approaches to Asian History series. It explores how China's imperial urban civilization has been transformed into the world's largest urban society, focusing on the development of the urban system, changes to urban morphology, and daily life in cities. The second explores how Chinese cities recovered from destruction during World War II.


Economic, political and social history of modern China; Chinese urban history and industrialisation.

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