XU Jian Hua
Assistant Professor

Office: E21-3005
Telephone: (+853) 8822 8959
Email: jianhuaxu@umac.mo

Academic Qualifications
● Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, 2011-13
● Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, 2010
● Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Department of Criminology, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 2008-09

Research Interests

Crime and Migrant Workers in China
Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Urban Sociology
Social Problems in China

Research Projects


“Commodification of policing and public disorder in China: A study of crime posters in Guangzhou” ( MYRG2015-00163-FSS), Multi-Year Research Grant (MYRG) Level 4, University of Macau, MOP 1.37 million 

2015-18 “Micro-foundation of migrant violence towards police in Guangzhou: A situational social exclusion perspective”( MYRG2015-00039-FSS), Multi-Year Research Grant (MYRG) Level 3, University of Macau, MOP 1.00 million
2015-16 “A Multi-Level Analysis of Victimization among Chinese Migrant Workers: Testing Routine Activities, Social Exclusion, and Social Disorganization Theories” (GRF14414014), HK$364,000 (01/2015-12/2016). (PI Zhong, Hua from Chinese University of Hong Kong)
2014-16 “Monitoring Recent Changes of Cross-border Drug Use and their Implications for Prevention/Control Strategies”. Beat Drugs Fund, Narcotics Division of Hong Kong Security Bureau, Co-Investigator (PI Zhong, Hua and Co-I Kent Lee from Chinese University of Hong Kong)

“Policing migrant workers in China: a case study of Guangzhou”, University of Macau, Start-up Research Grant, Principal Investigator


"Punishment and Violence in the People's Republic of China: Voices from the Field on Crime Management, Social Exclusion and Brutalization", Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Co-Director with Professor Borge Bakken)


“Social Exclusion and Production of Violence: A Case Study of Illegal Taxi-drivers in the Pearl River Delta”, Small Project Funding, The University of Hong Kong, Principal Investigator


“Crime and Victimization among Migrants in China”, Fulbright Hong Kong Scholar Programme (FHKDRP_HKU001/08), Principal Investigator


“The Profile of Offenders and Victims of Serious Crimes”, Guangdong Police College Research Foundation, Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:

Xu, Jianhua. 2017. Legitimization imperative: the production of crime statistics in Guangzhou, China. The British Journal of Criminology, forthcoming

Hua Zhong, Jianhua Xu, Alex R. Piquero. 2017. Internal migration, social exclusion and victimization: an analysis of Chinese rural-to-urban migrants. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, forthcoming

Xu, Jianhua. 2015. Claims-makers vs. non-issue-makers: Media and social construction of motorcycle ban problems in ChinaQualitative Sociology Review, 11(2): 122-141.

Xu, Jianhua. 2014. "Authoritarian policing with Chinese characteristics: A case study of motorcycle bans in the Pearl River Delta", Crime, Law and Social Changes,61:439–460.

Xu, Jianhua. 2013. Police accountability and the commodification of policing in China: a study of police/business posters in Guangzhou. The British Journal of Criminology.

Xu, Jianhua, Karen Joe Laidler, Maggy Lee. 2013. Doing criminological ethnography in China: opportunities and challenges. Theoretical Criminology, 17(2) 271–279.

Xu, Jianhua. 2012. Drive-away policing and situational crime prevention in China: an analysis of motorcycle ban (jinmo) policy in Guangzhou. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56(2): 239-264.

Xu, Jianhua. 2009. The robbery of motorcycle taxi drivers in China: a lifestyle/routine activity perspective and beyond. The British Journal of Criminology, 49(4): 491-512.

Book Chapters:

Xu, Jianua. 2017. Social exclusion and criminal victimization: migrant workers’ risk of driving motorcycle taxis in urban China. in Crime and the Chinese Dream, edited by Borge Bakken. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press.

Xu, Jianhua. 2016. “Criminologizing everyday life and doing policing ethnography in China”, Pp. 154-172, in Engaging with Ethics in International Criminological Research, edited by M. Adorjan & R. Ricciardelli, London and New York: Routledge.

Xu, Jianhua & Liu, Jianhong 2015. "Crime and Punishment in China" in The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, edited by Wesley G. Jennings. Malden and Oxford: John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Xu, Jianhua. 2013. “Urbanization and inevitable migration: crime and migrant workers”, Pp. 209-223 in Routledge Handbook of Chinese Criminology, edited by Liqun Cao, Ivan Y. Sun, Bill Hebenton. London and New York: Routledge.

Xu, Jianhua. 2011. “Hong Kong, the state of criminology”, Pp. 411-418 in Routledge Handbook of International Criminology: An International Perspective,edited by Sheldon. X. Zhang, Rosemary Barberet, Cindy J. Smith. London and New York: Routledge.

Book reviews:

Xu, Jianhua. 2016. “Review of Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo, The Politics of Controlling Organized Crime in Greater China”, The China Journal, 77: 193-195

Xu, Jianhua. 2014. “Review of Jock Young, The Criminological Imagination”. Asian Journal of Criminology, 9:161-163.

Xu, Jianhua. 2012. “Review of Susan Trevaskes, Policing Serious Crime in China: from 'Strike Hard' to 'Kill Fewer'”. Asian Journal of Criminology, 7(3):273-275.

Other publications:

Xu, Jianhua. 2013. “Motorcycle taxi drivers and social exclusion in urban China”, in China Youth Daily. 徐建華,“搭客仔”背后的城市包容性, 《中國青年報 》( 2013年08月01日,02 版), https://zqb.cyol.com/html/2013-08/01/nw.D110000zgqnb_20130801_5-02.htm.

Xu, Jianhua. 2011. “Motorcycle taxis: 'crime prevention' and the social exclusion of migrant workers in China”, in Crimetalk, https://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=558%3Amotorcycle-taxis-and-migrant-workers-in-china&catid=38&Itemid=41.

Courses Taught


Chinese Society

Social Stratification and Inequality

Social Change and Crime


Major Awards and Honors


present, Deputy General Sectary, Chinese Society of Sociological Criminology


present, External Member, Pearl River Delta Social Research Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong

2011 present, Honorary Fellow, Center for Criminology, the University of Hong Kong

Li Ka Shing Prize (2009-10) (Best PhD Thesis Award), the University of Hong Kong

2011 Best PhD Thesis Award, Hong Kong Sociological Association
2008 Honorable Mention Prize, for Doctoral Level Paper Competition in the Division of International Criminology, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
2008 Fulbright Hong Kong Scholarship (2008-2009)

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