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      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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

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    Contact Details

    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 interdisplinary research interests include inequality and identities, sustainable development, and comparative development between China and the West. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Contemporary China, Contemporary Politics, Climate and Energy, and a monograph published with Routledge.

    Ying is currently involved in the following 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

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Cambridge

    Oct 2011Jun 2015

    Award Date: 9 Jun 2015


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