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
Peng, Yinni. “Bringing Children to the Cities: Gendered Migrant Parenting and the Family Dynamics of Rural-Urban Migrants in China.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46(7), 1460-1477.
Peng, Yinni. 2020. “Should We Have a Second Child? Reproductive Decisions and Family Negotiation under China’s Two-child Policy.” Journal of Contemporary China, 29(125): 792-807.
2 Masculine Compromise
Choi, Susanne Y.P. and Yinni Peng. 2016. Masculine Compromise: Migration, Family and Gender in China.
Cheung, AKL, & Kim, EHW (2022). Domestic Outsourcing in an Ultra-Low Fertility Context: Employing Live-in Domestic Help and Fertility in Hong Kong. Population Research and Policy Review
Cheung, AKL, Chiu, TY & Choi, SYP (2022). Couples’ self-control and marital conflict: Does similarity, complementarity or totality matter more? Social Science Research, 102638
Kühner, Stefan; Lau, Maggie; Jiang, Jin and Wen, Zhuoyi. (2021). Personal income, local communities and happiness in a rich global city: evidence from Hong Kong. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 14(3), 314-332.
Hao P and He S. (2022) What is holding farmers back? Endowments and mobility choice of rural citizens in China. Journal of Rural Studies, 89: 66-72.
Hao P. (2021) Do landholdings affect social mobility in China? A study of rural migrants in Jiangsu. Cities DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102977.
Shin Shin, In-Seo Son, In-Jin Yoon.(2017). Fragmented Ethnic Enclave and Declining Cohesion of Coethnic Return Migrants in South Korea. Proceedings of the Sociological Conference of the Korean Sociological Association,(), 845-861.
Injin Yoon. 2021. “Social Integration and Well-being of North Korean Migrants in South Korea.” To be published in Journal of Social Issues.
In Yun, I., & In Chong, Y. (2017). The Korean diaspora: A sourcebook.
Jenny Chan, Greg Distelhorst, Dimitri Kessler, Joonkoo Lee, Olga Martin-Ortega, Peter Pawlicki, Mark Selden and Benjamin Selwyn. 2022. “After the Foxconn Suicides in China: A Roundtable on Labor, States and Civil Society in Global Electronics