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Maggy Lee

Prof Maggy S Y Lee

Professor / Head

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


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 widely in sociology and criminology, especially in the field of transnational migration and human trafficking. She currently serves as a Member on the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. She is also an Associate Editor on Theoretical Criminology and Policing and Society and a member on the International Advisory Board of 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.

Courses taught

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University of Cambridge

The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Transnational migration
Criminology of mobilities
Crime and incivilities

Current research

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).

Selected publications


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

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

Journal articles:

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.


Book chapters:

‘From Expatriates to New Cosmopolitans? Female Transnational Professionals in Hong Kong’ (with T. Wong) in Lehmann, A.  and Leonard, P. (eds) (forthcoming), 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.

‘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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