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Shuguang Wang PhD

OfficeJOR 622
Phone416-979-5000 x556904
Areas of ExpertiseRetail geography; spatial analysis; ethnic economy; immigration and settlement studies


Shuguang Wang is a professor of geography at Ryerson University. His research interests and specialty are in the areas of business geography, spatial analysis, ethnic economy, immigration and settlement studies, and economic geography of China. He has supervised graduate students in the programs of Master of Spatial AnalysisMaster of Immigration and Settlement Studies, and Ph.D. in Policy Studies. His current research projects include “examination of (potential) food deserts in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)”, and “political participation and representation of South Asian and Chinese Canadians, evidence from the GTA. In the 2021-2022 academic year, he teaches GEO772 Individual Research PaperSA8912 Spatial Technologies in Strategic Planning, and GEO621 Advanced Location Analysis of Commercial Activity.  

Selected Publications

Wang, S. and Du, P. 2020. Retail Geography. New York: Routledge.

Wang, S. and Maharaj, S. 2019. Community Support for Immigrants and Their Families (Chapter 3). In Harald Bauder (ed.), Putting Family First. Vancouver: UBC Press. Pp67-91.

Wang, S. and Hernandez, T. 2018. Contemporary Ethnic Retailing: an Expanded Framework of Study. Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1: 37-68.

Baek, J. Y. and Wang, S. 2018. The Localization Strategies and Success of Costco: Focusing on a Japanese Mature Retail Market. International Journal of Industrial Distribution & Business, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp7-16.

Wang, Z., Yang, S., Wang, S. and Shen, Y. 2017. Monitoring evolving urban cluster systems using DMSP/OLS nighttime light data: a case study of the Yangtze River Delta region, China. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing., external link

Zhou, L., Yang, S., Wang, S., and Xiong, L. 2017. Ownership reform and the changing manufacturing landscape in Chinese cities: the case of Wuxi. PLOS ONE. (, external link)

Wang, S. 2017. Corporate Retailing. The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley-Black Well, pp976-988.

Valencia, J. and Wang, S. 2016 Why Best Buy’s Dual Brand Strategy Failed in Canada. Professional Geographer. Vol. 68 No. 4, pp650-662.

Lo, L., Preston, P., Anisef, P., Basu, R., and Wang, S. 2015. Social Infrastructure and Vulnerability in the Suburbs. University of Toronto Press.

Zhuang, Z., Hernandez, T., and Wang, S. 2015. Ethnic Retailing. In Harald Bauder and John Shields (eds). Immigration, Integration and the Settlement Experience in North America. Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc. Pp223-247.

Wang, S. 2014. China’s New Retail Economy: A Geographical Perspective. New York: Routledge.

Wang, S. and Du, Paul2013Diversity of Asian Immigrants and Their Roles in the Making of Multicultural Cities in Canada. In Eric Fong, Nora Chiang, and Nancy Denton. Immigrant Adaptation in Multiethnic Cities – Canada, Taiwan and the U.S. Routledge. Pp199-222.

Wang, S., Hii, R., Zhong, J., and Du, P.  2013Recent Trends in Ethnic Chinese Retailing in Metropolitan Toronto. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 3 (4): 49-66  

Wang, S. and Zhang, Y. 2012. Tiering China’s Urban Markets for the Study of Retail Geography. China Urban Studies, 5; 263-285.

Wang, S.  2012. The Setback of Best Buy in China. The Retail Digest, Summer Issue: 20-25.

Wang, S. and Wang, Q. 2011. Contemporary Asian Immigrants in the United States and Canada (Chapter 10). In Wei Li, Carlos Teixeira, and Audrey Kobayashi (eds.) Immigrant Geographies of North American Cities. Oxford University Press.

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Association of Geographers; American Association of Geographer