University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Fernando Ortiz-Moya

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Architecture and Built Environment , Faculty of Science and Engineering


MArch, MSc, PhD




Fernando Ortiz-Moya is an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China. His teaching interests revolve around architectural and urban design and the different ways our physical environment can promote social integration and equality. He has a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, an MSc in Urban Studies from the University of Edinburgh and an MArch from the Technical University of Madrid. His research has focused on global transformations of our urban systems, and in particularly on shrinking cities, exploring the responses given in different countries to the problems generated by urban decay. At the same time, Fernando also studies cities from a cinematic perspective, analysing how the film media portrays the ongoing changes of our built environment.


Research Interests and Expertise

  • Global processes of urbanisation
  • Shrinking Cities
  • Urban Japan
  • Cinematic readings of cities


Recent Publications

 Peer reviewed journal articles

  • 2018    Ortiz-Moya, F. Green Growth Strategies in a Shrinking City: Tackling Urban Revitalization Through Environmental Justice in Kitakyushu City, Japan. Journal of Urban Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1448225

  • 2016    Ortiz-Moya, F. and Moreno, N. The Incredible Shrinking Japan: Cinematic Representations of Urban Decline. CITY, 20 (6), pp. 880-903. DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2016.1239445

  • 2015    Ortiz-Moya, F. and Moreno, N. Filming Industrial Japan: Kitakyushu, Rise and Decline of the Iron Town. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2, pp. 479-487. DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2015.1085328
  • 2015    Ortiz-Moya, F. Coping with Shrinkage: Rebranding Post-Industrial Manchester. Sustainable Cities and Society, 15, pp. 33-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2014.11.004

Peer reviewed book chapters

  • 2015    Ortiz-Moya, F. and Moreno, N. Paisaje del Japón Industrial: Kitakyushu, Reflejos Cinematográficos de la Ciudad del Acero. In: Azevedo, A. F. et al., ed. Intervalo entre Geografía e Cinemas. Minho: Universidad de Minho, pp. 169-190.
  • 2011    Ortiz Moya, F. From St James Centre to St James Quarter: Failures of the Past and Hopes for the Future. In Cairns, S. et al., ed. Gamma/Jaamaa Urban Fragments: Casablanca/Edinburgh. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, School of Arts, Culture and Environment and Graphical House, pp. 156-164.

Peer reviewed conference proceedings

  • 2015    Moreno, N. and Ortiz-Moya, F. Mapping Tokyo’s Cinemas: Asakusa’s Urban Development in Early Modern Japan. In: Beltrame, A. et al., eds. At the Borders of (Film) History. Temporality, Archaeology and Theories. Udine: Forum Editrice Universitaria Udinese SRL, pp. 441-452.

    2013    Ortiz-Moya, F. Flagship Developments Rebranding Shrinkage: The Case of Manchester. In:  Chong, W. et al., eds. ICSDEC 2012: Developing the Frontier of Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, pp. 230-237.

Encyclopaedia Entries

  • 2018    Ortiz-Moya, F. (forthcoming) ‘Los Santos Inicentes’, ‘Ninette (2005)’, and ‘Pepi, Luci y Bom y Otras Chicas del Montón’. In: Pinar, A. and Jimenez Murguia, S. (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Spanish Films. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

    2016    Ortiz-Moya, F. ‘Daimajin Trilogy’ and ‘The Seven Nights of Dreams’. In: Jimenez Murguia, S. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Japanese Horror Films. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.


  • 2018    The Joys of ‘Inaka’ Living: Framing Alternative Lifestyles in Contemporary Japanese Anime. [with Nieves Moreno] British Association for Japanese Studies. The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, September 5-7.

  • 2018    Heritage for Whom? In the Face of Decline. [with Ali Cheshmehzangi] Tangible—Intangible Heritage(s): Design, Social and Cultural Critiques on the Past, Present and Future. The University of East London, London, UK, June 14-15.

    2018    The Slow Death of Yubari City: Social Responses to the Disappearance of a Japanese Mining City. Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, April 4-7.

    2017    The University City is Here to Stay: Transnational Partnerships in Industry and Education, a Case Study of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. 14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, October 12-14.

    2017    The Feminisation of Motherland: Re-imaging Female Reverse Migrants in Contemporary Japanese Cinema. [with Nieves Moreno] Women in Asia Conference, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, September 26-28.

    2017    Depopulation and the Environment: How Japan can Lead the Way. 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, August 30 – September 2.

    2017    Urban Glass Walls: Filmic Readings of Fragmentation and Disconnection in Urban Japan and China [with Nieves Moreno]. Imagining the Future: Community Innovation and Social Resilience in Asia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, February 23-25.

    2016    U-Turn and the Pursuit of Happiness: the “back to basics” Japanese Cinema [with Nieves Moreno]. European Association for Japanese Studies Conference in Japan, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, September 24-25.

    2016    Contextual Urban Regeneration: Approaches to Tackling Decline in Pittsburgh and Kitakyushu. 11th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, September 20-23. 

    2016    Back-to-basics: U-Turn Cinema and the revaluation of societal values in contemporary Japan [with Nieves Moreno]. Joint East Asian Studies Conference, SOAS, London, September 7-9.

    2016    Refurbishment as a Regeneration Strategy: the Case of Pittsburgh, Annual Meeting of the Architectural Institute of Japan. Fukuoka, Japan, August 24-26.

    2016    Fragmented Urban Realities: Filmic Representations of Industrial Society in China and Japan [with Nieves Moreno]. Situating Huallywood Annual Conference. Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Ningbo, China, May 14-15.