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      United Kingdom

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    Politics of inequality
    Sustainable development
    Chinese politics
    Comparative politics between China and the West

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    Tel: 0121 204 5028

    Email: y.miao2@aston.ac.uk


    Dr Ying Miao is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Her research mainly explores how inequalities and identities affect social attitudes and behavioural change. Her China focused work have appeared in The China Quarterly, The Journal of Contemporary China, Contemporary Politics and the Asian Studies Review, while her interdisciplinary research on how inequality and identities affect sustainable development has been published in Climate and Energy, Energy Review, and Technology in Society.

    Ying is currently involved in the following externally funded research projects:

    • EPSRC-NERC funded VTTESS (Variable-Temperature Thermochemical Energy Storage System and Heat Networks for Decarbonising the Buildings Sector) in collaboration with University of Nottingham. 2021-2024, £1.3m (~£300k to Aston). Specifically looking at:
      • How socioeconomic deprivation affect attitudes and decisions towards the uptake of sustainble heating solutions
      • Fuel poverty and the energy crisis in the context of decarbonised domestic heating scene
      • Policy lessons for slow adopters of sustainable heating (Comparative analysis between Europe and the UK)
    • Horizon-RISE H2020 funded INTAKE (Integrated nanocomposites for thermal and kinetic energy harvesting). 2022-2026, €759,000 (~€300k to Aston). Specifically look at: 
      • Geopolitical concerns of sourcing of new materials, particularly with regard to China.

    Research Interests

    Politics of Inequality, Energy and Environment, Sustainable Development, Chinese Politics, Comparative Development between China and the West

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Cambridge

    Oct 2011Jun 2015

    Award Date: 9 Jun 2015


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