Timothy A. Simpson

Associate Professor

Administrative Roles

  • Founding Head of Department of Communication (2004-2008)

Academic Qualifications

  • BA (Auburn University)
  • MA (University of Arkansas)
  • Ph.D. (University of South Florida)

Current Research Areas

My research interests focus on Asian cities; consumer architectures and environments; Chinese tourism and consumption practices; material and immaterial forms of gambling; and ethnographic approaches to everyday life.

Research Fellowships

  • POLITÉCNICO DE LISBOA, PORTUGAL. Erasmus International Staff Mobility, June 5-9, 2023
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS. Eadington Fellowship, Center for Gaming Research, June 11 – July 6, 2018.
  • PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN, THE NEW SCHOOL, NEW YORK. Visiting Scholar, School of Design Strategies, August – December 2017.
  • NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE. Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute(Asian Urbanisms Cluster), October –December 2011.
  • CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology. Funded by an Erasmus Mundus Mobilities Fellowship (MULTI—Multilingualism and Multiculturalism: Linguistic Approaches to Transition and Identity). June 2011 and June 2013.


Selected Publications


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Graduate Supervision (PhD)

  • Shao Pei (reconstructing tropicality: tropical travel and migration in the digital age)
  • Guo Minling (antiques, nostalgia, spatial consumption, materiality)
  • Mai Shuting (urban theory, public space, women leisure)
  • Elisabela Larrea (Macanese creole Patua theater) – graduated 2021
  • Kim H. Johnson (Macau’s Lusophone community)- graduated 2020
  • Vanessa Amaro (Portuguese in post-colonial Macau) – graduated 2016

Current Funded Research Projects

  • Aesthetic Entrepreneurialism and Urban Neighborhood Development in Macau. Funded by a grant from UM Research Committee, 2023-2024.


  • Introduction to Culture and Communication  (UG)
  • Macao Media and Culture (UG)
  • ‘Global Citizenship’ module for Developing Leadership (UG) – UM Honor’s College
  • Theories of Mass Communication (MA)
  • International and Intercultural Communication (MA)
  • Academic writing and Research (MA)
  • Communcition and Social Change (MA)
  • Social Theory (PhD)
  • Ethnography and the City (PhD)
  • Qualitative Methods (PhD)

Contact Details

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Humanities & Social Sciences Building (E21B), 2044
Tel: (853) 8822 8351
E-mail: tsimpson@um.edu.mo