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Prof. Adrian J. Bailey (貝力行教授)

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)
Chair Professor of Geography
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

Editor, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Office: AAB 1325
Tel: (852) 3411 7127
Fax: (852) 3411 5777


Ph.D., Geography, Indiana University, USA
M.A., Geography, Indiana University, USA
B.Sc., Geography, University of Bristol, UK (1st Class Honors)


Geographical Imaginations (GEOG 4025)
This course is about the many ways in which “geographers” seek to understand and change the world. It explores the major philosophical challenges that the discipline has faced, and overcome, and raises questions about the strengths, and weaknesses, of geographic practice. Through a range of timely case-studies and a project-based inquiry, the course inspires students to develop their own geographic imaginations.

Transnational Urban Futures (GEOG 4095)
This is a research-led student exchange with Georgia State University. Students from HKBU join with their counterparts from GSU to form small research teams. Each team develops a research question and conducts a pilot study that compares the experiences of newcomers and migrants in Atlanta and Hong Kong. It is hoped to re-run the course in June/July 2017 and to offer some scholarship support to help defray some of the costs of spending two weeks in Atlanta, Georgia. Further details will be available on the Department website.

Debating Global Society (SOSC 7320)
This program core course for the MA in Global Society introduces critical literatures on globalization to consider ethical and value issues relating to global society. Through seminars and case studies students have opportunities to develop and practice their capacity for ethical and value inquiry in relation to the emergence, nature, and consequences of global society. We will explore interventions and representations as linked dimensions of ethical practice. The course also explores how the values that accompany ethical practice are becoming stretched and disrupted by a global society concept. By the end of the course students will have the tools to appreciate the ethical and value implications of their personal and professional lives for others around them and society most broadly.


Migrants and processes of migration change and transform society! To understand how this works and how it affects inequality, I study transnationalism. This is a form of people-centered globalization which can be studied by looking at how all of our lives span across multiple places. Since coming to Hong Kong in 2010 I have developed this research in three directions:

(a) Language: The experience of Hong Kong as a non-Cantonese speaker is utterly different than the experience as a Cantonese-speaker. How do migrants negotiate the ways that language affects the connections they have with places? Recent papers examine the experience of Zimbabweans living in Yorkshire, U.K., and South Koreans living in Hong Kong. The results show how the impact of language on migrant wellbeing and success depends on how transnational experiences and aspirations affect family life.

Current and recent articles on this topic:

  • Bailey, A.J., Canagarajah, S, Lan, S., and Powers, D. (2016) Scalar politics, language ideologies, and the sociolinguistics of globalization among transnational Korean professionals in Hong Kong, Journal of Sociolinguistics June 2016.
  • Bailey, A.J., Mupakati, L, and Magunha, F. Misplaced: Language, remitting, and development practice among Zimbabwean migrants. Globalisation, Societies and Education, On-line 14 November 2014. DOI:10.1080/14767724.2014.937404.

Selected previous research on this topic:

  • Bailey, A.J. Population Geographies, Gender, and the Migration-development Nexus. Progress in Human Geography 34, 3, 375-86, 2010.
  • Mas Giralt, R. and Bailey, A.J. Transnational familyhood and the liquid life paths of South Americans in the UK. Global Networks 10, 3: 383-400, 2010.
  • Bailey, A.J. Population Geography: Lifecourse Matters. Progress in Human Geography, 33, 3: 407-418, 2009.
  • Bailey, A.J., Blake, M.K., and Cooke, T.J. Migration, Care, and the Linked Lives of Dual-earner Households. Environment and Planning A, 36: 1617-1632, 2004.

(b) Legal status and precarity: The legal rights and responsibilities that migrants are given by host governments profoundly affect their connections with society. Working with collaborators on four continents, I have contributed field-based empirical evidence about these impacts. Our overall conclusion is that legal status continues to be one of the most important drivers of inequality in contemporary society. My current work looks at how migrants experience insecurity through housing.

Current and recent articles on this topic:

  • Bailey, A.J. and Lau, K.L.A. Whither and whence Hong Kong migration studies? International Migration, 53, 5: 61-68, October 2015.
  • Bailey, A.J. and Law, A. Return migration and Hong Kong’s diverse circuits of mobility. Asian Geography 2013

Selected previous research on this topic:

  • Wilson, D., Beck, D., and Bailey, A. Neoliberal-parasitic Economies and Space Building: Chicago’s Southwest Side. Association of American Geographers, 99, 3: 604-626, 2009.
  • Dickinson, J. and Bailey, A.J. (Re)Membering Diaspora: Uneven Geographies of Indian Dual Citizenship. Political Geography, 26, 7:757-774. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2007.03.007, 2007.
  • Bailey, A.J., Wright, R.A., Miyares, I., and Mountz, A. Producing Salvadoran Transnational Geographies. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 92, 1: 125-144, 2002.

(c) Governmentality: What might an overall theory of how migrants transform society look like? Matching empirical work with critical population geography, I argue that the concept of governmentality offers constructive insights into the relative degrees of influence that migrants have, and that institutions like government have, on connections with places and inequality.

Current and recent articles on this topic:

  • Bailey, A.J., Drbohlav, D., and Salukvadje, J. Hope lost: remitting, redemption, and the governmentality of Georgia’s migration-development nexus. Paper available from lead author.
  • Bailey, A.J. and Yeoh, B.S.A. Migration, society and globalisation. Introduction to Virtual Issue. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39, 3: 470-474, 2014.
  • Bailey, A.J. Migration, recession and an emerging transnational biopolitics across Europe. Geoforum, 2013 (

Selected previous research on this topic:

  • Bailey, A.J. On Transnational Migration, Deepening Vulnerabilities, and the Challenge of Membership. Migration Letters, 6, 1: 75-82, April 2009.
  • Bailey, A.J. and Boyle, P. Editors. Special Issue: Family Migration and the New Europe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 30, 2: 229-413, 2004.
  • Bailey, A.J. Turning Transnational: Notes on the Theorisation of International Migration. International Journal of Population Geography, 7: 413-428, 2001.