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Maggy Lee

Prof Maggy Lee


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


Maggy was formerly a student 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 migration and human trafficking. She currently serves as an associate editor on Theoretical Criminology , an international advisory editor on Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal and Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford University Press monograph series Clarendon Series in Criminology.

Courses taught


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 (2016-2017) (with M. Johnson and M. McCahill).

Fear of crime and trust in crime control in Hong Kong’ – Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Research Fund (2012-2015) (with M. Adorjan).

”Home and Away”: Female Transnational Professionals in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Central Policy Unit, Public Policy Research Programme (2011-2013).

Lifestyle Migration in East Asia: A Comparative Study of British and Asian Lifestyle Migrants – UK Economic and Social Research Council/Hong Kong Research Grants Council (2011-2013) (with K. O’Reilly and R. Stones).

Selected publications


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

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

Journal articles:

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:

‘Female transnational professionals in Hong Kong’ (with T. Wong) in Lehmann, A. and Leonard, P. (eds) (forthcoming), Destination China, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

‘Public Perceptions of Crime and Safety in Hong Kong’ (with M. Adorjan) in Chui, E. and Lo, T.W. (eds) (in press), 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.