As China is experiencing the largest human migration in history, millions of children are affected by their parents’ migration. Due to the risk nature of migration and institutional barriers, migrants have to decide whether to leave their children in villages to be cared by others and suffer the pain of split family or bring them to cities but to face poor living and school environment. This project aims to understand how different family arrangements among migrants affect their children’s wellbeing.
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: on housing, residential mobility, and neighborhood change, and the other on migration and urbanization. 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 place, focusing on housing and migration. She is the co-author/co-editor of ""China’s Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic and Social Change"" (Roman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006, reprinted in 2011), ""The Emergence of New Urban China: Insiders’ Perspectives"" (Lexington Books, 2012), ""Housing Inequality in Chinese Cities"" (Routledge 2014). She has also published many papers in leading journals in geography, urban studies, housing, and China.