Jia Miao is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Sociology at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Miao’ s research centers on how urban life and neighborhoods affect health inequality, productive aging, and subjective well-being in the Asian context. Her current research examines the role of the neighborhood and its physical and social environments in shaping health and psychological well-being of older populations. She is also interested in the social consequences of homeownership in large Chinese cities. Moreover, Miao has examined the effects of neighborhood and migration experiences on drug abuse and HIV/AIDS risks in urban China.
Miao is currently involved in several research projects, including two household panel surveys—the “Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HKPSSD),” “Shanghai Urban Neighborhood Survey (SUNS)”, and an NIH-funded project “Causes and Health Consequences of Synthetic Drug Use.”