Prof. Bailey is Chair Professor of Geography and was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University between 2010 and 2020. Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2013, he served as Head of the Department of Geography and Associate Professor at Dartmouth College, USA, between 1989 and 1999, and Professor of Migration Studies and Head of School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK, between 1999 and 2010. Since obtaining his PhD in Geography (with a specialty in African Population Studies) from Indiana University, USA, in 1989 he has published widely on international migration, life course theory, and transnationalism.
Prof. Bailey has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on population geography, urban geography, transportation geography, transnational urban futures, place and society, geographical imaginations, and debating global society. He has a wealth of experience in academic administration at a senior level, including as the first Chief Reader of the Advanced Placement in Human Geography (Educational Testing Services), co-founder of the Global Partnership for Better Cities (Georgia State University, University of Pretoria, and Hong Kong Baptist University), co-founder of the Smart Society Research Lab (Hong Kong Baptist University), and Director of Center for Advancement of Social Science Research (Hong Kong Baptist University).