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Prof Maggy S Y Lee


9.19, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus

3917 8948

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Prof Maggy S Y Lee
  • Maggy was formerly a student at HKU Sociology (1983-1989) and the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge (1989-1992), a criminal justice researcher at the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence in London (1992-1996), and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at University of Essex in the UK (1996-2005).

    She returned to HKU in 2005 and has published extensively in sociology and criminology, engaging with key policy debates and pushing conceptual boundaries especially in the field of crime and control. She has served as an expert adviser to the German government organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and local NGOs on gender-responsive community policing in Bangladesh. Her work on human trafficking and control has become a key reference point in scholarly and international policy debates and has been included at the parallel event of the 7th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and on the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking Hub. Maggy is also an Associate Editor on Theoretical Criminology and Policing and Society and a member on the International Advisory Board of a number of journals, including Crime, Media and Culture, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and the Oxford University Press monograph series Clarendon Series in Criminology. She was a member of the ESRC Research Grant Peer Review Committee in the UK and currently serves as a member on the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

  • PhD
    University of Cambridge

    The University of Hong Kong

    The University of Hong Kong

    • Transnational migration and cities

    • Criminology of mobilities

    • Crime and incivilities

    • Youth and ethnicity

  • Big Data, Live Methods and Surveillance Subjectivities among Transnational Migrants in Hong Kong – British Academy Small Research Grant (2016-2018) (Co-Investigator with M. Johnson, Goldsmiths, University of London and M. McCahill, University of Hull, UK).

    Curating Development – UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Translating Cultures/Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development (2016-2018) (Co-Investigator with M. Johnson, Goldsmiths, University of London and D. McKay, Keele University, UK).

    Jockey Club Lab for Cultural Diversity Study, Social Inclusion and Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (2016-2019) (Co-Investigator with S.F. Lam, W. Chan, K. Shum, P. Wong, W.F. Lam and E. Chan, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong).

    Fear of crime and trust in crime control in Hong Kong (2012 – 2014), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, General Research Fund (Principal Investigator with Michael Adorjan, University of Calgary, Canada).

    Home and Away: Female transnational professionals in Hong Kong (2011 – 2013), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Public Policy Research, Principal Investigator.

    Lifestyle migration in East Asia: A comparative study of British and Asian lifestyle migrants (2011– 2013), Economic and Social Research Council UK/Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Co-Investigator with Karen O’Reilly, Loughborough University and Rob Stones, Western Sydney University).

  • Books:

    Trafficking and Global Crime Control (2011), London: Sage.

    Human Trafficking (2007, ed.), Cullompton: Willan.

    Journal articles:

    ‘The Externalization of Border Control in the Global South: The cases of Malaysia and Indonesia’ (2022), Theoretical Criminology

    ‘Beyond the “All Seeing Eye”: Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers’ Contestation of Care and Control in Hong Kong’ (with M. Johnson, M. McCahill and R. Mesina (2019), Ethnos, DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2018.1545794

    ‘One World Is Not Enough: The Structured Phenomenology of Lifestyle Migrants in East Asia’ (with R. Stones, K. Botterill and K. O’Reilly) (2018), British Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12357

    Doing criminology on media and crime in Asia‘ (with K. Laidler and G. Wong) (2017), Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 13(2): 135-151.

    ‘Public assessments of the police and policing in Hong Kong’ (with M. Adorjan) (2016), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, DOI: 10.1177/0004865816656721

    Gendered Discipline and Protective Custody of Trafficking Victims in Asia’, Punishment and Society (2014), 16(2): 206-222.

    Doing criminology from the periphery: Crime and punishment in Asia’ (with K. Laidler), Theoretical Criminology (2013), 17(2): 141-157.

    ‘A letter from Bangladesh – Developing gender-responsive community policing in Bangladesh’ (with S.J. Haider) (2012), Crime Prevention and Community Safety, Vol. 14: 69-77..

    ‘ Women’s imprisonment as a mechanism of migration control in Hong Kong’, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 47: 847-860.

    Book chapters:

    ‘Borders and Migrant Domestic Workers’ in Leanne Weber and Claudia Tazreiter (2021) (eds.) Handbook of Migration and Global Justice, Edward Elgar.

    ‘Re-thinking Public Criminology: Politics, Paradoxes, and Challenges’ (with E. Carrabine and N. South) in K. Henne and R. Shah (eds) (2020), Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies, New York, NY: Routledge.

    ‘From Expatriates to New Cosmopolitans? Female Transnational Professionals in Hong Kong’ (with T. Wong) in Lehmann, A.  and Leonard, P. (eds) (2018), Destination China, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

    ‘Race, Gender, and Surveillance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia’ (with M. Johnson and M. McCahill) (2018),  in Bosworth, M., Parmar, A. and Vázquez, Y. (eds), Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control – Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    ‘Sex trafficking and control’, in T. Sanders (ed) (2017), The Oxford Handbook of Sex Offences and Sex Offenders, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    ‘Public Perceptions of Crime and Safety in Hong Kong’ (with M. Adorjan) (2017), in Chui, E. and Lo, T.W. (eds), Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong, London: Routledge.

    Border trading and policing of everyday life in Hong Kong’ (with K. Laidler) in Pickering, S. and Ham, J. (eds) (2014), The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration, London: Routledge.

    ‘Human Trafficking and Border Control in the Global South’ in K.F. Aas and M. Bosworth (eds) (2013), The Borders of Punishment – Migration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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  • SOCI8008

    2nd semester

    Special topics in criminology – Crime and the city


    2nd semester

    Crime and the city

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