Faculty Members
Dr. Barber, Lachlan B.

Dr. Barber, Lachlan B. (白樂藍博士)

Assistant Professor

Cultural Geography, Mobilities, Labour,
Cultural Heritage

AAB 1223
(852) 3411 6542
(852) 3411 5990


  • 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



  • Member, American Association of Geographers
  • Member, Association of Critical Heritage Studies
  • Member, Hong Kong Studies Association
  • Member, Docomomo Hong Kong



  • Herb Stovel Scholarship, Heritage Canada Foundation, 2013
  • Denis Cosgrove PhD Research Award, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2010


Google Scholar Profile

ORCID: 0000-0002-3353-8507



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


Barber, L. B., & Neis, B. (2021). “Construction work and the mobility imperative: changing rhythms along uncertain paths.” Applied Mobilities 6(2): 236-251.


Reid-Musson, E., & Barber, L. B. (2021). “Introduction to Special Issue-Quilting points and cracking points: Engaging rhythmanalysis in critiques of precarious work-related mobilities.” Applied Mobilities 6(2): 109-118.


Haan, M., Neis, B., Barber, L., & Power, N. (2020). Employment-related geographical mobilities in the construction sector: introduction to the special issue. Labour & Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work 30(4): 358-377. 


Barber, L.B. & Breslin, S.D. (2020). “‘Wherever I can work, I got to go’: Negotiating mobilities in the context of volatility in the Canadian construction industry.” Labour & Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work 30(4): 289–298.


Yip, A. O. N., Mah, D. N. Y., & Barber, L. B. (2020). “Revealing hidden energy poverty in Hong Kong: a multi-dimensional framework for examining and understanding energy poverty.” Local Environment, 1-19.


Barber, L.B. (2020). Governing uneven mobilities: Walking and hierarchized circulation in Hong Kong. Journal of Transport Geography, 82.


Chen, H. Y. & Barber, L. (2020). CityPsyche—Hong Kong. City, 1-13.


Bennett, M.M., Barber, L.B., Iaquinto, B.L. (2019). The Campus as Battleground: Placing the University Within the Hong Kong Protests. Antipode Commentary (antipodeonline.org).


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 26(2): 251-271.


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, Lachlan B., and Cecilia L. Chu. (2020) “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.