Youqin Huang

Examines housing inequality and residential segregation, low-income housing, and impact on communities

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Youqin Huang

Research Associate
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Geography and Planning

Low-income housing; migration; residential segregation; housing inequality; urban development

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Dr. Huang received her Ph.D. in Geography from University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. Since then she has been a member of the Department of Geography and Planning and a Research Associate of Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) at State University of New York, Albany. Her research has mainly focused on two areas: housing and migration. In the area of housing, Dr. Huang’s research has focused on housing consumption, residential mobility, housing inequality and residential segregation, low-income housing, and their impact on communities, commuting patterns, and urban development. In the area of migration, Dr. Huang has focused on the patterns and dynamics of migration in China, and how it affects migrants, their families, and origin and destination communities. She also has a regional focus on China, where profound socioeconomic and spatial transformations are taking place. She is interested in understanding the unprecedented market transition and its impact on Chinese people and places, focusing on housing and migration.

Dr. Huang is currently working on low-income housing in Beijing, and the impact of migration on children in China, the latter of which is supported by NIH. She is the author of several books, including “Housing Inequality in Chinese Cities” (Routledge, 2014), “The Emergence of New Urban China: Insiders’ Perspectives” (Lexington Books, 2012), and “China’s Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic and Social Change” (Roman & Littlefield, 2006, 2011). She has also published many book chapters and articles in prestigious journals such as The China Quarterly, Housing Studies, Environment and Planning A, C, Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Annals of Association of American Geographers, Progress in Planning.