Dr. Barber, Lachlan B. (白樂藍博士)

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. UBC (Canada)

Office: AAB 1227
Tel: (852) 3411 6542
Fax: (852) 3411 5990
Email: lbarber@hkbu.edu.hk

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ORCID: 0000-0002-3353-8507


Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
M.A., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
B.A. (Hon), University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada


Geography of Pacific Asia
Urban Cultural Landscapes
Geographical Imaginations
Qualitative Methods


Culture in the city
Critical heritage studies
Mobility studies
Hong Kong and the Pacific Rim
Cultural geographies of construction and infrastructure


Research Grants Council (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF), “Conservation and the Creation of New Urban Values: A Comparison of Three Historical Sites in Hong Kong,” 2019-2021, HK $506,052. As PI.

HKBU Faculty Research Grant (FRGI) “Physical Activity/Walking in Hong Kong Older Adults: A Qualitative Study,” 2018-2019, HK $148,600. As Co-I; PI: Dr. Carman Leung Ka Man, HKBU.

HKBU Strategic Research Fund Grant (SDF), “A Trans-Disciplinary Big Data Hub: Investigating the Society Mobility, Poverty and Diversity Nexus,” 2016-2019, HK $4,000,000. As Co-I; Co-PIs: Prof. Adrian Bailey and Dr. Angel Lai Hor Yan, HKBU.

HKBU Faculty Research Grant (FRGII), “Drivers and impacts of work-related mobilities of construction workers in Eastern Canada,” 2017-2018, HK $50,000. As PI.

HKBU Faculty Research Grant (FRGII), “Between Places and Plans: A Cultural Geography of Walking and Pedestrian Planning in Hong Kong,” 2016-2018, HK $96,600. As PI.

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), “Mobility in the Construction Industry” (Part of the On the Move Partnership: Employment Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context), 2012-2019. As Co-I; PI: Prof. Barbara Neis, Memorial University (Canada).


Journal Articles

Fuller, S., Barber, L., & Mah, D. (2019). Narratives of energy poverty in Hong Kong. Energy and Buildings 191: 52-58.

Barber, L. B. (2019). Heritage tours and trails on foot in Hong Kong: towards a typology that crosses the tourist-local divide. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 14(4), 295-307.

Barber, L. (2019) “Automobility and masculinities between home and work: trucks as the ‘new normal’ in Newfoundland and Labrador”. Gender, Place and Culture.

Barber, L. B. (2018). Capitalizing on culture in flagship heritage initiatives: Transforming Hong Kong’s Police Married Quarters into “PMQ”. City, Culture and Society.

Neis, B., Barber, L., Fitzpatrick, K., Hanson, N., Knott, C., Premji, S., & Thorburn, E. (2018). Fragile synchronicities: diverse, disruptive and constraining rhythms of employment-related geographical mobility, paid and unpaid work in the Canadian context. Gender, Place & Culture, 25(8), 1175-1192.

Barber, L. (2018) “Inside the Mobilities Regime of Newfoundland and Labrador’s SPO projects: Worker Experiences of Rotational Work.” Labour/Le travail 81 (Spring 2018).

Barber, L. (2016) “Construction-phase extended commuting and uneven regional development: Work, households and communities in Newfoundland and Labrador’s new extractive economy,” The Extractive Industries and Society Volume 3, Issue 3, 640-648.

Barber, L. (2014) “(Re) Making heritage policy in Hong Kong: A relational politics of global knowledge and local innovation.” Urban Studies 51(6): 1179-1195.

Barber, L. (2013) “Making meaning of heritage landscapes: The politics of redevelopment in Halifax, NS.” The Canadian Geographer 57(1): 90-112.

Book Chapters

Barber, L. and C.L. Chu. (forthcoming) “Living heritage versus dead relics? Affect, place meanings and boundary-making in the politics of heritage in postcolonial Hong Kong” in D. Kopec and A. Bliss (eds.) Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation. London: Routledge.

Barber, L. (in progress) “Built Heritage” in Kwong Chi-Man (ed.) Hong Kong History: A Global Perspective. Palgrave.

Book Reviews

Barber, L. (2017). Book review: Shu-Mei Huang “Urbanizing Carescapes: Two Systems, One City.” Urban Studies 52(4): 558-60.

Barber, L. (2013) Culture, Heritage and Representation: Perspectives on Visuality and the Past. Eds. Emma Waterton and Steve Watson, Ashgate. The Canadian Geographer.