dr. Maggi Leung
W.H.M.Leung@uu.nl
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Profile

I received my B.A. degree from Dartmouth College (USA), M.A. from the University of Minnesota (USA) and doctorate from the University of Bremen (Germany). Before joining Utrecht University in 2010, I had worked as a lecturer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. My teaching focuses on globalisation, mobilities and development. I have been engaged in research covering diverse themes in social, cultural and development geography, including mobilities, diaspora and transnationalism, identities and belonging, concepts of development, cultural heritage, tourism and migrant entrepreneurship. At present, my research centres on mobilities and development, the Chinese diaspora, academic mobility, internationalisation of education, highly-skilled mobilities and associated knowledge production and transfer, as well as impact of infrastructural development. I have published on these topics in a book and a range of geography and social science journals.

 

 

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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Key publications

Leung, W.H.M. & Waters, Johanna (05.05.2017). Educators sans frontières? Borders and power geometries in transnational education. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (8), (pp. 1276-1291).

Waters, Johanna & Leung, W.H.M. (2017). Domesticating transnational education - discourses of social value, self-worth and the institutionalisation of failure in ‘meritocratic’ Hong Kong. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42 (2), (pp. 233-245).

Zoomers, Annelies, Leung, Maggi & Westen, Guus van (01.02.2016). Local Development in the Context of Global Migration and the Global Land Rush - The Need for a Conceptual Update. Geography Compass, 10 (2), (pp. 56-66) (11 p.).

Leung, M.W.H. (2014). ‘Academic Mobility for Development’ as A Contested Notion: An Analysis of the Reach of the Chinese State in Regulating the Transnational Brains. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 105 (5), (pp. 558-572).

Leung, M.W.H. (2014). Unsettling the yin-yang harmony: An analysis of gender inequalities in academic mobility among Chinese scholars. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 23 (2), (pp. 155-182) (28 p.).

Leung, M.W.H. & Waters, J. (2013). British degrees made in Hong Kong: An inquiry into the role of space and place in transnational education. Asia Pacific Education Review, 14 (1), (pp. 43-53) (11 p.).

Waters, J. & Leung, M.W.H. (2013). A colourful university life? Transnational higher education and the spatial dimensions of institutional social capital in Hong Kong. Population, Space and Place, 19 (2), (pp. 155-167) (13 p.).

Leung, M.W.H. (2013). 'Read ten thousand books, walk ten thousand miles': geographical mobility and capital accumulation among Chinese scholars. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38 (2), (pp. 311-324) (14 p.).

Waters, J. & Leung, M.W.H. (2013). Immobile transnationalisms? Young people and their in situ Experiences of “international’ education in Hong Kong. Urban Studies, 50 (3), (pp. 606-620) (15 p.).

Leung, M.W.H. & Waters, J.L. (2013). Transnational higher education for capacity development? An analysis of British degree programmes in Hong Kong. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11 (4), (pp. 479-497) (19 p.).

Waters, J. & Leung, M.W.H. (2012). Young people and the reproduction of disadvantage through transnational higher education in Hong Kong. Sociological Research Online, 17 (3).

Leung, M.W.H. (2011). Of corridors and chains: translocal developmental impact of academic mobility between China and Germany. International Development Planning Review, 33 (4), (pp. 475-489) (15 p.).

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Leung, W.H.M. & Waters, Johanna (05.05.2017). Educators sans frontières? Borders and power geometries in transnational education. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (8), (pp. 1276-1291).
Nijenhuis, Gery & Leung, Maggi (2017). Rethinking Migration in the 2030 Agenda - Towards a De-Territorialized Conceptualization of Development. Forum for Development Studies, 44 (1), (pp. 51-68) (17 p.).
Rammelt, C.F., van Schie, Maarten, Tegabu, Fredu Nega & Leung, W.H.M. (2017). Vaguely Right or Exactly Wrong - Measuring the (Spatial) Distribution of Land Resources, Income and Wealth in Rural Ethiopia. Sustainability, 9 (6).
Rammelt, Crelis F. & Leung, Maggi W H (2017). Tracing the Causal Loops Through Local Perceptions of Rural Road Impacts in Ethiopia. World Development, 95 (07/17).
van Noorloos, H.J. & Leung, W.H.M. (01.01.2017). Circulating Asian Urbanisms - An Analysis of Policy and Media Discourse in Africa and Latin America. In Eckart Woertz (Eds.), Reconfiguration of the Global South - Africa and Latin America and the 'Asian Century' (pp. 125-142) (18 p.). London / New York: Routledge.
Waters, Johanna & Leung, W.H.M. (2017). Domesticating transnational education - discourses of social value, self-worth and the institutionalisation of failure in ‘meritocratic’ Hong Kong. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42 (2), (pp. 233-245).
Waters, Johanna & Leung, W.H.M. (2017). Trans-knowledge? Geography, mobility and knowledge in transnational education. In Heike Jöns, Peter Meusburger & M. Heffernan (Eds.), Mobilities of Knowledge (pp. 269-285). Dordrecht: Springer.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Leung, W.H.M. (2016). One Country, Two Systems, one city, two systems: The controversial citizenship policy in Hong Kong’. Migration Letters, 13 (1), (pp. 49-63) (15 p.).
Waters, Johanna & Leung, W.H.M. (2016). Immobile Transnationalisms? Young People and Their in situ Experiences of ‘International’ Education in Hong Kong. In Tristan Bunnell, Mary Hayden & Jeff Thompson (Eds.), International Education SAGE.
Zoomers, Annelies, Leung, Maggi & Westen, Guus van (01.02.2016). Local Development in the Context of Global Migration and the Global Land Rush - The Need for a Conceptual Update. Geography Compass, 10 (2), (pp. 56-66) (11 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Leung, M.W.H. (2015). Thresholds in academic mobility: The China story. In T. van Naerssen & M. van der Velde (Eds.), Mobility and Migration Choices - Thresholds to Crossing Borders (pp. 55-69). Surrey: Ashgate.
Leung, Maggi W.H. (2015). "Talk to Her, She is also Chinese": A Reflection on the Spatial-Temporal Reach of Co-Ethnicity in Migration Research. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16 (2).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Leung, M.W.H. (2014). ‘Academic Mobility for Development’ as A Contested Notion: An Analysis of the Reach of the Chinese State in Regulating the Transnational Brains. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 105 (5), (pp. 558-572).
Leung, M.W.H. (2014). Unsettling the yin-yang harmony: An analysis of gender inequalities in academic mobility among Chinese scholars. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 23 (2), (pp. 155-182) (28 p.).
Nijenhuis, Gery & Leung, Maggi W H (2014). Introduction to the Dossier - Institutions and Skilled Mobility. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 105 (5), (pp. 507-510) (4 p.).
Nijenhuis, Gery & Leung, Maggi W.H. (2014). Institutions and skilled mobility. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 105 (5), (pp. 507-638) (131 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Leung, M.W.H. (2013). 'Read ten thousand books, walk ten thousand miles': geographical mobility and capital accumulation among Chinese scholars. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38 (2), (pp. 311-324) (14 p.).
Leung, M.W.H. & Waters, J. (2013). British degrees made in Hong Kong: An inquiry into the role of space and place in transnational education. Asia Pacific Education Review, 14 (1), (pp. 43-53) (11 p.).
Leung, M.W.H. & Waters, J.L. (2013). Transnational higher education for capacity development? An analysis of British degree programmes in Hong Kong. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11 (4), (pp. 479-497) (19 p.).
Waters, J. & Leung, M.W.H. (2013). A colourful university life? Transnational higher education and the spatial dimensions of institutional social capital in Hong Kong. Population, Space and Place, 19 (2), (pp. 155-167) (13 p.).
Waters, J. & Leung, M.W.H. (2013). Immobile transnationalisms? Young people and their in situ Experiences of “international’ education in Hong Kong. Urban Studies, 50 (3), (pp. 606-620) (15 p.).
  2013 - Professional publications
Kosten, J.-W. & Leung, M.W.H. (2013). Angst voor vertraging - Studiepuntmobiliteit in Utrecht. Geografie, 11/12, (pp. 38-39) (2 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Waters, J. & Leung, M.W.H. (2012). Young people and the reproduction of disadvantage through transnational higher education in Hong Kong. Sociological Research Online, 17 (3).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Leung, M.W.H. (2011). David Ley, Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines (2010). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37 (9), (pp. 1551-1552) (2 p.).
Leung, M.W.H. (2011). Of corridors and chains: translocal developmental impact of academic mobility between China and Germany. International Development Planning Review, 33 (4), (pp. 475-489) (15 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Leung, M.W.H. (2010). Re-charting the 'Sinosphere' and 'Eurosphere': A study of Chinese migrant entrepreneurs as agencies in shaping 'Chineseness' and 'Europeanness'. 'Economic Dynamism in the Sinospheres and Anglospheres: identities, Integration, Competition' (pp. 223-242) (20 p.). Hong Kong: Center of Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong, [workshop].

Book

Chinese Migration in Germany: Making Home in Transnational Space. Frankfurt: IKO-Verlag für Interkulturelle Kommunikation. 2004.

 

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Main research interests:

• Migration, mobilities and development

• Mobilities and knowledge (focus: academic and professional mobility)

• Internationalisation of education

• Overseas Chinese and transnational communities

• Infrastructure and inclusive development (focus: productive employment)

Current research projects:

Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, European Commissions (Coordinator and supervisor , project start date: Feb. 2017)
‘EduHubMig: Knowledge migration flows in the United Arab Emirates: Mobile students enrolled at Indian and British branch campuses’ Coordinator and supervisor of fellowship holder Jill Ahrens

Seed Money from the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), Utrecht University (2016)
‘Lost in migration: A study of formal and informal institutions in producing and preventing ‘brain waste’ among migrants in the Netherlands’. With Gery Nijenhuis and Marcel Coenders

Academic mobility and translocal development - cases: Indonesia-China student mobility and Zambia-China student mobility (Principal Investigator, project start date: June 2013)
Funding source: NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Aspasia Prize

‘Ethiopia: Feeder road development for inclusive productive employment’ (Principal Investigator/project start date: November 2014)
Funding source: NWO WOTRO Science for Global Development - Productive Employment: Research for Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa scheme 
Research partners: Bureau of Construction, Road and Transport, Tigray Regional National State, Ethiopia; Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK; Mekelle University, Ethiopia; MetaMeta Research, NL; The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Completed projects (selection):

‘Transnational mobility, capital production and knowledge exchange: A study of research visits of Chinese scholars to Germany’ (Principal Investigator/ 2009-2011)
Funding source: General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council

‘Joint initiatives between UK and Hong Kong higher education institutions: An examination of student and employer perspectives’ (Principal Investigator/2009-2010)
Funding sources :Joint Research Grant, Hong Kong Research Grants Council and Economic and Social Research Council (UK)
Research partners: Johanna Waters, University of Liverpool (now: University of Oxford) and George Lin, The University of Hong Kong

'Industrial heritage in Hong Kong: A Pilot Study’ (Principal Investigator/2009-2011)
Funding source: The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust (Hong Kong)

‘Refabricating the Hong Kong story: A study of industrial heritage and its valorization’ (Principal Investigator/2008-2009)
Funding source: Hui Oi Chow Trust Fund, The University of Hong Kong
Research partner: Dietrich Soyez, University of Cologne

'Chinese out-bound tourism in Europe and transnational Chinese migrant businesses' (Principal Investigator/2006-2007, summer 2008, summer 2009)
Funding source: Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
Host institute: Department of Geography, University of Bonn

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Graduate courses

  • Sustainable Development: Integrating Perspectives

  • Development Themes

  • Advanced Methods and Techniques

  • Development Practices


Undergraduate courses

  • Introduction to Development Geography: Regions and Development (Course coordinator)

  • Development Geography II: International Development in Theory and Practice

  • Development Geography III: Development Cooperation

  • Inleiding Sociale Geografie: Ontwikkelingsgeografie

  • Wetenschappelijke vorming (Tutorial coordinator)

University College Utrecht

  • Globalisation and Regional Development

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Additional functions and activities

 

Coordinator of International Development Studies Master Programme

 

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Full name
dr. W.H.M. Leung Contact details
Willem C. van Unnikgebouw

Heidelberglaan 2
Room 316A
3584 CS  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 4433
Phone number (department) +31 30 253 1399
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