UPD Guest Lecture Series: The role of Quality of Place factors in expatriate international relocation decisions: a case study of Suzhou



Dr Hyung Min Kim
The University of Melbourne

Speaker's Bio

Dr Hyung Min Kim is a Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. Before he joined the University of Melbourne (2016), he worked for RMIT University (Australia), Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China) and Korea Appraisal Board (Korea). His teaching and research activities focus on economic and spatial dynamics of cities including globalisation and global cities, urban and environmental economics, liveability, healthy cities and the Asia-Pacific region. His research projects investigate urban implications of global activities such as Foreign Direct Investment, international students and international real estate investment.He completed his PhD in the University of Melbourne supported by an Australian competitive scholarship ‘Endeavour Postgraduate Award’. His research findings appeared in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Cities, Habitat international, and Progress in Planning.


The role of ‘quality of place’ (QoP) in attracting and retaining workers has been a significant concern of urban related policy makers and research communities over the past decade. This paper aims to address the significance of QoP factors in attracting and/or retaining global talent by presenting the findings and implications of a study into the relocation decisions of expatriate workers in Suzhou, China. Findings from a survey questionnaire indicate that global talent moving to Suzhou have been driven primarily by career-related opportunities instead of QoP factors. However, binary logit analysis shows that QoP factors have contributed positively towards the retention of global talent in the city.