Youqin Huang

Youqin Huang

Department Chair and Professor
Department of Geography & Planning
Department of East Asian Studies
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PhD 2001, University of California, Los Angeles
MA 1997, University of California, Los Angeles
BS 1992, Peking University

Youqin Huang

Professor Huang’s research aims to understand the impact of socioeconomic transformation and government policies, focusing on housing, migration, and health and wellbeing. She is the (co-)author/(co-)editor of ten books/edited volumes, including Housing Inequality in Chinese Cities (2014), Confronting the Challenges of Urbanization in China: Insights from Social Science Perspectives (Routledge, 2016), Chinese Cities in the 21st Century (2020), China’s Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic and Social Change (2021). She has also published many papers in leading journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), The China Quarterly, Annals of American Association of Geographers, Urban Studies, Cities, Housing Studies, Environment and Planning A, and B. Her research was supported by different agencies, including NIH, NSF and AAAS, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

She has devoted herself to promoting research on urban China and to fostering the next generation of China scholars. Currently she is the Co-Director of Urban China Research Network (UCRN), Vice-President of the Research Committee on Housing and Built Environment (RC 43) of International Sociological Association, and a Standing Board member of Research Grants Council of University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. She has been a member of Editorial Board for various journals including Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Transactions in Planning and Urban Studies, and China Perspective. She also served as the Chair and Vice Chair of China Geography Specialty Group (CGSG) of Association of American Geographers (AAG) (2005-2007), and Director of Confucius Institute at UAlbany (2016-2021).

She received many awards, including “Outstanding Service Award” by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) China Geography Specialty Group (CGSG) (2019), “Outstanding Service Award” by the Chinese Community Center of the Capital District of New York (2019), “President’s Award for Exemplary Public Engagement” (2020) and “President’s Excellence Award in Research and Creative Activities” (2023) by UAlbany.

Research Interests

My research focuses on following different but related areas: Housing, Migration, Health/Wellbeing

  •   Housing, homeownership, affordability, low-income housing, housing inequality, housing policy
  •   Health disparities, subjective wellbeing
  •   Migration, urbanization, migrants’ and their families’ welfare, gender
  •   China

For a full list of publications, please see the CV above, and my Google Scholar Profile.

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