LEWI Research


Trade, capital and human mobility have been growing in volume globally. Simultaneously, urban centres have become magnets attracting labor, capital and commodity. Any analysis of society is incomplete without an examination of the relationship between urbanisation and types of mobility. This working group aims to generate knowledge to understand types of mobility in and out of urban centres, as well as connecting mobility to global production and value chains. Through these analyses, this working group purposes to provide evidence-based policy recommendations for global, regional, national and local policymakers to develop suitable governing and regulation frameworks to monitor and facilitate types of mobility globally.




  • Capital-Labor-Commodity mobility nexus
  • Rural-urban mobility dynamics
  • Global production and value chains
  • Migrant integration and social service landscape in urban centres in Asia




  • Dr Kaxton SIU, Hong Kong Baptist University




  • Dr Jenny CHAN Wai-ling, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Professor CHENG Yuk-shing, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr Adam KL CHEUNG, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Professor CHOW Yiu-fai, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr HAO Pu, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr JIANG Jin, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr PENG Yinni, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Professor Charlotte YANG Chun, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Professor YOON In-Jin, Korea University
Kaxton Siu and Anita Koo (in press). "Temporary labor migration and skill transfer in Japan: Migration experiences and outcomes of technical intern trainees from Vietnam and China." Journal of Social Issues.
Kaxton Siu and Jonathan Unger (2020) Work and Family Life among Migrant Factory Workers in China and Vietnam, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 50:3, 341-360.
Hong Kong society High-definition stories beyond the spectacle of east-meets-west
Stephen WK Chiu and Kaxton Siu. (2022) Hong Kong Society: High Definition Stories beyond the Spectacle of East-Meets-West, Hong Kong Studies Reader Series, Palgrave Macmillan. [ISBN: 978-981-165-706-1]
Cheng, Y., Li, R., & Woo, C. (2021). Regional Energy-growth Nexus and Energy Conservation Policy in China. Energy, 217, 119414.
Cheng, Y., Tsang, K., & Chung, M. (2019). State Ownership, Policy Missions and Commercial Operation – A Case Study of the Agricultural Bank of China. The Chinese Economy, 52(2), 142-154.
4 Hong Kong's Global Financial Centre and China's Development
Cheung, Y.-L., Cheng, Y.-S., & Woo, C.-K. (2017). Hong Kong's Global Financial Centre and China's Development: Changing Roles and Future Prospects (1st ed.). Routledge
Coe, N. M. and Yang, C. (2022) Mobile gaming production networks, platform business groups and the market power of China’s Tencent. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 112 (2): 307-330
Yang, C. (2021) Cross-border expansion of digital platforms and transformation of the trade and distribution networks of fresh fruit imports from Southeast Asia to China. Global Networks
Chan, D. Y-T. and Yang, C. (2022)  The transformation of Asian electronics production networks: evidence from the participation of Vietnam
Niranjana, T., Kim, S., Chow, Y. F., Ip, K., Wang, A. C.-M. (2021). IACS roundtable to mark the publication of  Tejaswini Niranjana’s Musicophilia in Mumbai. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 22(1), 100-117.
Zhang, Q. & Chow, Y. F. (2021). Can We Hear the Virus Speak? – Covid-19 and Sonic Governmentality. China Information. 
3 Trans-Asia as Method Theory and Practices
De Kloet, J., Chow, Y.F., & Chong, G.P.L. (eds.) (2019). Trans-Asia as Method: Theory and Practices. London, New York: Rowman and Littlefield. pp.266.