Jessie P.H. Poon

(BA Hons, MA, PhD)



Department of Geography,

University at Buffalo-SUNY,

105 Wilkeson Quad,

Buffalo, New York 14261, USA


Tel: (716) 645 0485     

Fax: (716) 645 2329











§  (1985), B.A. Hons (Geography), National University of Singapore

§   (1989), M.A. (Geography), University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

§  (1993), Ph.D. (Geography), Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio





§  (2005 – present), Professor, University at Buffalo

§  (2000-2005), Associate Professor, University at Buffalo

§  (2000-present), Director of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center

§  (1998-1999), Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo

§  (1995-1998), Lecturer, National University of Singapore

§  (1993-1994), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Georgia


Visiting Position


§  (2005, spring), Research scholar, Department of Geography, University of Toronto





§  (1986), Gold Medal Award (Best Honors Student), National University of


(1992), Huntington Memorial Award (Outstanding Student), Department of Geography, Ohio State University

§  (1997), Arts & Social Science Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 1996/1997, National University of Singapore

§  (2002), College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Social and Behavioral Sciences, UB.

§  (2003), University at Buffalo’s Nominee for the National CASE Carnegie Professor of the Year Award 

§  (2012), SUNY’s Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching





§  (2013), Editor, Environment and Planning A

§  (2011-2012),    Associate Editor, Oxford University Press, Oxford Bibliographies Online

§  (2010-present), Editor, Economic Geography Book Series, Ashgate Publishing, UK.

§  (2007-present), Associate Editor, Eurasian Geography and Economics

§  (2001-present), Assistant Editor, International Game Theory Journal

§  (2002-2006), North American Editor, Papers in Regional Science

§   (2005-present), Editorial Board, Annals of Regional Science

§  (2007-present), Editorial Board, Economic Geography

§  (2007-present), Editorial Board, Growth and Change

§  (2007-present), Editorial Board, Geography Compass

§  (2011-present), Editorial Board, Professional Geographer

§  (2007-2010), Editorial Board, Papers in Regional Science

§  (2007-2010), Editorial Board, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

§  (2004-2012), Editorial Board, Environment and Planning A





§  (1996), [Co-PI, $20,000], National University of Singapore, Academic Research Grant                , “Regional Corporate Headquarters in Southeast Asia”.


§  (1997), [Co-PI, $10,000],  “Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, Sweden, “Asia

Pacific Transitions”.


§  (1999), [PI, US$5000], CRDP/Research Award, “Technology Acquisition and Development in the New York Area”.                                  


§  (2000), [Co-PI, US$10,000], Hong Kong Baptist University Research Grant, “Hong Kong’s Stockmarket and World Financial Centers”.


§  (2001),                [Co-PI, US$35,000], University of Hong Research Grants Council, Technology and Competitive Advantage Transfers to Hong Kong by the Regional Headquarters of Foreign MNC”. 


§  (2002-05), [PI, US$169, 979], National Science Foundation (Award BCS 0137045), ] “Asian Foreign Investment in the US: A Firm-Level Study of Technology of Asian Firms in the Global Economy”.  


§  (2005-06), [Co-PI, US$7,000], IRCAF, University at Buffalo, “Religion, the Internet and Social Capital”.


§  (2005-06), [US$50,000], Japan Society for Advancement of Science,  Modeling the Determinants of International Financial Centers”.


§  (2006), [Co-PI, US$6000], Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo,  Investigating Religious Spaces online: Social Capital Building and Internet Regulation in Toronto and Singapore”.


§  (2007-08), [Co-PI, US$35,000], National University of Singapore Academic Research Fund, “Religion, Social Capital and the Internet: A Comparative Study of Singapore and Los Angeles”.


§  (2011), [US$1000], Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo,  Skilled Immigrants and Trade before and after AC21”.


§  (2013-15), [PI, Collaborative grant, US$193, 287], National Science Foundation (Award BCS-1261805), Building Religious Epistemic Capital: Islamic Wall Streets in Malaysia and Bahrain”.






Journal Articles (Refereed)


1.       Poon, JPH (1994) "Exports, economic growth and development levels of developing countries: An Empirical Analysis". Geographical Analysis, 26 (1): 37-53.


2.       Poon, JPH (1994) "Assessing export optimism versus export pessimism in tropical countries". Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 15 (1): 41-55.


        3.    Poon, JPH (1994) "Effects of world demand and competitiveness on exports and economic growth”. Growth and Change, 25 (4): 3-24.


(Reprinted in Haynes, K.E., K.Y. Brutton, P. Nijkamp and Q.S. Li (Eds.) (1995), Regional Dynamics, Glos, U.K.: Edward Elgar).


4.       Poon, JPH (1995) "Exports, economic growth and development levels re-visited”. Journal of Economic Development, 20 (1): 75-90. 


        5.    Poon, JPH and Kavita Pandit (1996) "Geographic structure of cross-national trade flows and region-States”. Regional Studies, 30 (3): 273-85.  


        6.    Poon, JPH and Kavita Pandit, (1996) "Pacific trade and regionalisation, 1965-1990”. International Trade Journal, 10 (2): 199-21.


        7.    Poon, JPH (1997) "Inter-country trade patterns between Europe and the Asia-Pacific: Regional structure and extra-regional trends”. Geografiska Annaler, 79(1): 41-55.


        8.    Poon, JPH (1997) "The cosmopolitanization of trade regions: Global trends and implications”. Economic Geography 73 (4): 288-302.


        9.    Poon, JPH (1997) "Analysing the effect of regionalisation on trade flows with the gravity model”. Tjidschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie,  88 (4):   369-80. 


        10.  Yeung, David W.K. and JPH Poon  (1997) “An investigation of stock price dynamics in emerging markets”. Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis, 14 (2): 1-12.


11.   Perry, Martin, JPH Poon and Henry Yeung (1998).  “Regional offices in Singapore: Spatial and strategic influences in the location of corporate control”. Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies 10 (1): 42-59.


12.   Perry, Martin, Henry Yeung and JPH Poon (1998). “Regional office mobility: the case of corporate control in Singapore and Hong Kong”. Geoforum 29 (3): 237-55. 


13.   Poon, JPH and Edmund R. Thompson (1998).  “Foreign direct investment and economic growth: Evidence from Asia and Latin America”. Journal of Economic Development 23 (2): 141-160


14.   Thompson, Edmund R. and JPH Poon (1998) “Determinants of Japanese, US and UK foreign direct investment in East and Southeast Asia”. Journal of Asian Business 14 (3): 15-39.


15.   Poon, JPH and Martin Perry (1999) “The Asian economic flu: A geography of crisis”. Professional Geographer 51 (2): 184-96.


16.   Thompson, Edmund and JPH Poon (2000) "ASEAN after the financial crisis: Links between foreign direct investment and regulatory change". ASEAN Economic Bulletin 17 (1): 1-14.


17.   Poon, JPH, Edmund Thompson and Phil Kelly (2000) “Myth of the triad? Geography of trade and investment blocs”. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 25 (4): 427-44.


18.   Yeung, Henry, JPH Poon and Martin Perry (2001) 'Towards a regional strategy: The role of regional headquarters and regional offices in the Asia Pacific', Urban Studies 38(1): 157-83.


19.   Poon, JPH and Edmund Thompson (2001) “Effects of the Asian financial crisis on transnational capital”. Geoforum 32 (1): 121-31.


20.   Thompson, Edmund and JPH Poon (2001)"Investment attractiveness of East Asia to North American firms”. International Trade Journal 14 (4): 421-39


21.   Thompson, E.R. and JPH Poon (2001) "American and Japanese investment strategies in Southeast Asia”. Journal of Asian Business 17 (2): 15-32.


22.   Poon, JPH (2001) “Regionalism in the Asia Pacific: Is geography destiny”. AREA 33(3): 252-60.


(See:  Sidaway, James (2002) “Pacific Dreaming, APEC, ASEAN and their Geographies: Reflections on Poon (2001)” AREA 43 (2): 204-9).


23.   Pantulu, Jiyothi* and JPH Poon (2003) “Foreign direct investment and international trade: evidence from US and Japan”. Journal of Economic Geography 3 (3): 241-59.


24.   Poon, JPH and Edmund Thompson (2003) “Developmental and quiescent subsidiaries in the Asia Pacific: Evidence from Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Sydney”. Economic Geography.   79 (2): 195-214.


25.   Poon, JPH (2003) “Hierarchical tendencies of capital markets among international financial centers”. Growth and Change 34(2): 135-56.


26.   Poon, JPH (2003) “Producing quantitative methods narratives”. Progress in Human Geography 27 (6): 753-62.


27.   Poon, JPH and Edmund Thompson (2004), “Convergence or differentiation? American and Japanese TNCS in the Asia Pacific”. Geoforum 35 (1): 111-25.


28.   Poon, JPH, Brad Eldredge* and David Yeung (2004) “Rank-size distribution of international financial centers”. International Regional Science Review 27 (4):411-30.


29.   Poon, JPH (2004) “Quantitative methods: Past and present”. Progress in Human Geography 28 (6): 807-14.


  1. Poon, JPH and Alan MacPherson (2005) “Korean and Taiwanese technology investment in the United States: A comparative study”. International Business Review 14(5): 559-75.


31.   Poon, JPH (2005) “Quantitative methods III: Not positively positivist”. Progress in Human Geography 29 (6): 766-72.


32.   Poon, JPH and A. MacPherson, (2005) “Technology sourcing and development of Asian latecomers in the U.S”. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management 22: 255-73


33.   Poon, JHP, Jinnyuh Hsu and Jeongwook Suh* (2006) “The geography of learning and knowledge acquisition among Asian latecomers”. Journal of Economic Geography 6 (4): 541-59.


34.   Suh, J.W. and Poon JPH (2006) “The impact of WTO on South Korea’s computer industry”. International Trade Journal 20 (4): 383-405.


35.   Poon, JPH, I. Casas and He C.F. (2006) “The Impact of energy, transport and trade on air pollution in China”. Eurasian Geography and Economics 47 (5): 568-84.


36.   Poon, JPH, S. Sajarattanachote*, and S. Bagchi-Sen (2006).  “The role of US defense exports in Asia Pacific regionalism”. Political Geography 25 (7): 715-34.


37.   Hsu, J.Y., Poon, JPH, Yeung, H.W.C.  (2007). “External leveraging and technological upgrading among East Asian Firms in the United States”. European Planning Studies 16 (1): 99-118.


38.   Gress*, D. and JPH Poon (2007) “Firm networks and Korean subsidiaries in the US”. Growth and Change 38 (3): 396-418.


39.   Cheong, P. and JPH Poon (2008) “Restructuring communication and social capital of religious organizations”. Information, Communication and Society 11 (1): 89-110.


  1.  JPH Poon and C. Lai* (2008) “Why are non-profit performing arts organizations successful in mid-sized US cities?”. Urban Studies 45 (11): 2273-89.


  1. Gress*, D. and JPH Poon (2008) “Extra-firm networks and Korean investment in the United States”. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 99 (3): 269-80.


  1. Sajarattanachote*, S. and JPH Poon (2009) “Multinationals, geographical spillovers and regional development in Thailand”. Regional Studies 43 (3): 479-94.


(Reprinted in Yeung, H.W.C. (2009, ed) Globalizing Regional Development in East Asia:  Production Networks, Clusters and Innovation.  London: Routledge)


  1. JPH Poon and P. Cheong (2009) “Objectivity, subjectivity and intersubjectivity in economic geography: Evidence from the Internet and blogosphere “. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99 (3): 590-603.


  1. Cheong. P. and JPH Poon (2009) “Examining Internet use and communication among Chinese Transmigrants” .Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 2(3): 189-207.


(Top Paper Award  in Global Communication and Social Change, International Communication Association, 2009)


  1. Cheong, P., JPH Poon, S. Huang, I. Casas (2009)  The Internet highway and religious organizations: Mapping and contesting spaces in religion-online”. Information Society 25(5): 292-302.


  1. Yang, C.L. and JPH Poon (2009) “Regional analysis of Green GDP in China”. Eurasian Geography and Economics 59 (5): 547-63.


  1. Lai*, C. and JPH Poon (2009) “Location, marketing and the financial flexibility of nonperforming arts organizations in second tier cities”. Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing 21(2): 160-83.


  1. JPH Poon and D. Thai* (2010) “Micro-credit and development in Northern Vietnam”. Geografiska Annaler B 92 (1): 65-80.


  1. Poon, JPH and S. Sajarattanachote* (2010) “Asian transnational enterprises and technology transfer in Thailand”. European Planning Studies 18 (5): 691-709.


  1. Cheong, P.C., S. Huang and JPH Poon (2011) “Religious authority and strategic arbitration among wired Buddhist organizations”. Information, Communication and Society 14 (8):


  1. Cheong, P.C., S. Huang and JPH Poon (2011) “Epistemic authority of religious organizations in Singapore”. Journal of Communication 61 (5): 938-58.


  1. Poon, JPH, S. Huang and P.H. Cheong (2012) “Media, religion and the marketplace in the information economy”. Environment and Planning A 44: 1969-85


  1. Poon, JPH and Q. Shang (2012) “Regional wage inequality in China, 1996-2010”. Eurasian Geography and Economics 53 (3): 338-55.


  1. Shang, Q. and JPH Poon (2012) “The role of regional knowledge spillovers in China”. China Economic Review 23: 1164-75.


  1. Poon, JPH, D. Thai* and D. Naybor* (2012) “Social capital and female entrepreneurship in rural regions: Evidence from Vietnam”. Applied Geography 35: 308-15.


  1. Shang, Q. and JPH Poon (2013) “International spillovers, knowledge acquisition and transfer among Japanese firms in the US”. Journal of Business Economics and Management 14 (3): 535-57.


  1. Poon, JPH, P Kedron and S. Bagchi-Sen (2013) “Do foreign subsidiaries innovate and perform better in a cluster? A spatial analysis of Japanese subsidiaries in the US”. Applied Geography 44 (3): 33-42.


  1. Poon, JPH and QY Shang (2014) “Are creative workers happier in Chinese cities? The influence of work, lifestyle and amenities on urban well-being”.  Urban Geography  35 (4): 567-85.


  1. Lee*, C.H., S. Bagchi-Sen and JPH Poon (2015) “Facilitators and outcomes of university-industry collaboration in a triple helix setting in a US medical campus”. Industry and Higher Education.


  1. Stoll*, J., JPH Poon and T. Hamilton (2015) “Sustainable practice? An examination of Canada’s agricultural and energy cooperatives”. Professional Geographer  67 (2): 187-194.


  1. Poon, JPH and W. Yin* (2014) “Human capital: a comparison of rustbelt and sunbelt cities”. Geography Compass 8(5): 287-99 (reported at Huffington Post,


  1. Poon, JPH, G.K.S. Tan* and W. Yin* (2015) “Wage inequality between financial hubs and periphery”. Applied Geography 61(3): 47-57  (reported at London School of Economics USAPP- American Politics and Policy,


  1. Yang, Y., JPH Poon, S. Bagchi-Sen (2016) “Small and flat worlds: A complex network analysis of international trade in crude oil.” Energy Journal 93 (1): 534-43


  1. Naybor*, D., JPH Poon and I. Casas (2016) “Mobility disadvantage and livelihood opportunities of marginalized widows in rural Uganda.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106 (2): 404-412 (note: journal renamed to Annals of the American Association of Geographers).


  1. Yang, Y., JPH Poon, and Y. Liu (2016) “East Asia and solar energy trade network patterns”. Geographical Review, 106 (2): 1-20


  1. Poon, JPH, J. Pollard, J.Y Chow*, M. Ewers (2017) “The rise of Kuala Lumpur as an Islamic financial center”. Regional Studies 51: 1443-53.


  1. Poon, JPH, J. Pollard, J.Y. Chow* (forthcoming) “Resetting neoliberal values: law-making in Malaysia’s Islamic finance”, Annals of the American Association of Geographers ??


  1. Yang, Y., JPH Poon (forthcoming) “Anti-Drought Measures and Their Effectiveness: A Study of Farmers' Self-Help Actions and Government Support in China” Ecological Indicators ??


  1. Li, J., Y. Yang, JPH Poon, W. Zhang (in review) “Industrial composition and agglomeration shadow: evidence from China’s urban system” Urban Studies XX


  1. Poon, JPH Poon, JY. Chow*, T. Hamilton (in review) “Executives’ understandings of Islamic financial firms’ zakat responsibilities in Bahrain and Malaysia” International Journal of Business and Government Ethics Xx


  1. Tan*, G.K., JPH Poon, T. Hamilton (in progress) “Secret spaces:  tax havens of politicians” Political Geography XX


  1. Yin*, W., JPH Poon (in progress) “Skill and Earnings in the Healthcare Sector: Evidence from Rustbelt and Sunbelt Cities” Population, Space and Place XX


  1. Meraxa*, A., JPH Poon (in progress) “Role of communication in reducing producer firms’ liability of foreignness” International Journal of Communication XX


* PhD Advisees




1.       Poon, JPH and D. Rigby (2017) International Trade. London: Routledge.


2.       Andersson, David E. and JPH Poon (Eds.), (2001) Asia Pacific Transitions, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan.


  1. Poon, JPH, P. Nijkamp and K. Button (Eds), (2006) Highlights in Regional Planning, UK: Edward Elgar.



Book Chapters


    1.    Casetti, Emilio and JPH Poon  (1995) "Econometric Models and Spatial Parametric Instability: Relevant Concepts and an Instability Index". In Luc Anselin and Raymond Florax (eds) New Directions in Spatial Econometrics, pp. 301-21. Amsterdam: Springer-Verlag.


2.       Poon, JPH  (1998) “Regional Cosmopolitanism and the Rise of World Trade Regions”.  In Kohno, H., P. Nijkamp and J. Poot (eds), Regional Cohesion and Competition in the Age of Globalisation. Glos, UK: Edward Elgar.


3.       Poon, JPH (2000) “Reconstructing Regional Hierarchy through Regional Offices in Singapore”.  In A.E. Andersson and D. Andersson (Ed).  Gateways to the Global Economy.  Glos: Edward Elgar.


4.       Poon, JPH and Edmund R. Thompson (2000) “Asia Pacific and European Patterns of Intra and Extra Regional Patterns Compared”.  In Andersson, D. and JPH Poon (eds), Asia Pacific Transitions (Palgrave-Macmillan, UK).


5.       Andersson, D. and JPH Poon (2000) “Overview”. In Andersson, D. and JPH Poon (eds), Asia Pacific Transitions (Palgrave-MacMillan, UK).


6.       Poon, JPH (2003) “Emerging Trade Patterns in Southeast Asia”.  In Chia, L.S. (Ed.) Southeast Asia Transformed: A Geography of Change.  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.


7.       Poon, JPH and Philip Kelly (2003) “Geography in a Crisis: Perspectives on the Asian Economic Crisis of the 1990s”. In B. Warf, D. Janelle and K. Hansen (eds), Worldminds: Geographical Solutions to 100 Problems. Dordretch: Kluwer.


8.       Poon, JPH and James McConnell (2004) “International Trade”.  In Antoine Bailly and Lay Gibson (eds), Applied Geography: A World Perspective, Dordretch: Kluwer.


9.       Poon, JPH (2009) “Trade Blocs”. In Nigel Thrift and Rob Kitchin (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier.


10.   Poon, JPH (2010) “Association of Southeast Asian Nations”. In B. Warf (ed) Encyclopaedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks: Sage.


11.   Poon, JPH (2012) “Economic Geography”. Oxford University Online, New York: Oxford University Press.


12.   Poon, JPH (2017) “Human Capital in the Rustbelt and Sunbelt” in The Post Urban World: Emergent Transformation of Cities and Regions in the Innovative Global Economy, Tigran, H. and Westlund, H. (Eds). London: Routledge.



Editorial Articles


1.       Old, Kris and JPH Poon (2002, eds) "Introduction”. Special Issue on Theories and Discourses of Economic Geography, Guest Editors, Environment and Planning A 34 (3): 379-83.


2.       Poon, JPH (2005) “Women in Economic Geography”. Environment and Planning A 37: 65-8.


3.       Poon, JPH (2007) “Instrumentation, Rigor and Practice”. Environment and Planning A 39 (5): 1017-19.


4.       JPH Poon and HWC Yeung (2009, eds) “Continental Drifit? Development Issues in Asia, Africa and Latin America”. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 30 (2): 3-7.


5.       JPH Poon (2010) “The Mediatizing Don”. Environment and Planning A 42 (1): 5-8.


(See Palmer, M. and G. Simmons (2011) “On becoming a mediatizing don and claiming the new spatial boundaries of academia” Environment and Planning A 43: 509-15 – this paper extended Poon’s notion of the mediatizing don)