Research Topics

Urban Studies, Health, Demography, Social Capital, China, Statistics

Research Interests

My current research involves:

  1. a multidisciplinary perspective on institutional changes, social networks and mental health over the urban space;
  2. comparative and temporal analysis of civic engagement and identity;
  3. child and youth well-being (e.g., obesity and school bullying);
  4. developing new machine-learning algorithms in surveys, demographic research and social network analysis.

Peer-reviewed Articles


Fu, Qiang. Accepted. “Bringing Urban Governance Back In: Neighborhood Conflicts and Depression.” Social Science & Medicine.

Fu, Qiang, Xin Guo and Kenneth C. Land. Accepted. “Optimizing Count Responses in Surveys: A Machine-Learning Approach.” Sociological Methods & Research.

Fu, Qiang, Cary Wu, Heqing Liu, Zhilei Shi and Jiaxin Gu, Accepted. “Live Like Mosquitoes: Hukou, Rural-urban Disparity, and Depression.” Chinese Journal of Sociology.

Wu, Cary, Qiang Fu, Jiaxin Gu and Zhilei Shi. Accepted “Does Migration Pay Off? Returnees, Family Background, and Self-Employment in Rural China.” The China Review – An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China. (corresponding author)

Fu, Qiang, Xin Guo and Kenneth C. Land. Forthcoming. “A Poisson-Multinomial Mixture Approach to Grouped and Right-Censored Counts.” Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods DOI: 10.1080/03610926.2017.1303736.

Guo, Xin and Qiang Fu. 2017. “GRCdata: Parameter Inference and Optimal Designs for Grouped and/or Right-Censored Count Data.” The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN), R package version 1.0, URL: .

Yanwu Liu and Qiang Fu. Forthcoming. “Changing demographic characteristics and motives for suicide in rural China, 1980-2009.” Chinese Sociological Dialogue DOI: 10.1177/2397200917729529.

Zhu, Yushu and Qiang Fu. 2017. “Deciphering the Civic Virtue of Communal Space: Neighborhood Attachment, Social Capital and Neighborhood Participation in Urban China.” Environment and Behavior 49(2): 161-191.

Fu, Qiang and Kenneth C. Land. 2017. “Does Urbanization Matter? A Temporal Analysis of the Socio-demographic Gradient in the Rising Adulthood Overweight Epidemic in China, 1989-2009.″ Population, Space and Place 23(1): 1-17.


Fu, Qiang, Kenneth C. Land, and Vicki L. Lamb. 2016. “Violent Physical Bullying Victimization at School:  Has There Been a Recent Increase in Exposure or Intensity?  An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis in the United States, 1991 to 2012.” Child Indicator Research 9(2): 485-513.

Kenneth C. Land, Qiang Fu, Xin Guo, Sun Y. Jeon, Eric N. Reither, Emma Zang. 2016. “Playing With the Rules and Making Misleading Statements: A Response to Luo, Hodges, Winship, and Powers.” American Journal of Sociology 122(3): 962-973.

Fu, Qiang. 2016. “The Persistence of Power despite the Changing Meaning of Homeownership: An Age-period-cohort Analysis of Urban Housing Tenure in China, 1989-2011.” Urban Studies 53(6): 1225-1243.


Fu, Qiang. 2015. “Neighborhood Conflicts in Urban China: From Consciousness of Property Rights to Contentious Actions.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 56(3):285-307.

Fu, Qiang, Shenjing He, Yushu Zhu, Si-ming Li, Yanling He, Huoning Zhou, and Nan Lin. 2015. “Towards a Relational Account of Neighborhood Governance: Neighborhood-based Network and Residential Outcomes in Urban China.” American Behavioral Scientist 59(8): 992-1006.

Fu, Qiang. 2015. “When Fiscal Recentralization Meets Housing Reforms: Land Finance and Its Influence on China’s Urban Housing Market.” Urban Studies 52(10): 1791-1809.

Fu, Qiang, Yushu Zhu, and Qiang Ren. 2015. “The Downside of Market Transformation: Housing Tenure and Types in Reform-era Urban China.” Social Science Research 49: 126-140.

Fu, Qiang and Kenneth C. Land. 2015.  “The Increasing Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity of Children and Youth in China, 1989-2009: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis.” Population Research and Policy Review 34(6): 901-921.

Fu, Qiang and Linda K. George. 2015. “Socioeconomic Determinants of Childhood Overweight in China: The Long Arm of Institutional Power.” Sociology of Health & Illness 37(6): 805-822.

Fu, Qiang and Linda K. George. 2015. “Sex, Socioeconomic and Regional Disparities in Age Trajectories of BMI across Childhood and Their Implications on Underweight and Overweight in China.” Asian Population Studies 11(2): 134-148.

Reither, Eric N., Kenneth C. Land, Sun Y. Jeon, Daniel A. Powers, Ryan K. Masters, Hui Zheng, Melissa A. Hardy, Katherine M. Keyes, Qiang Fu, Heidi A. Hanson, Ken R. Smith, Rebecca L. Utz, Y. Claire Yang. 2015 “Response: Clarifying hierarchical age–period–cohort models: A rejoinder to Bell and Jones.” Social Science & Medicine 128: 331-333.


Fu, Qiang and Nan Lin. 2014. “The Weaknesses of Civic Territorial Organizations: Civic Engagement and Homeowners Associations in Urban China.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38(6): 2309-2327.

This paper is selected for IJURR’s virtual issue on Chinese cities:

Zhu, Yushu, Qiang Fu, and Qiang Ren. 2014. “Cross-City Variations in Housing Outcomes in Post-Reform China: An Analysis of 2005 Micro Census Data.” Chinese Sociological Review 46(3): 26-54.


Fu, Qiang and Nan Lin. (the lead article) 2013 “Local State Marketism: An Institutional Analysis of China’s Urban Housing and Land Market.” Chinese Sociological Review 46(1): 3-24.

This paper is among the most cited articles recently published at Chinese Sociological Review:

O’Hare, William P., Mark Mather, Genevieve Dupuis, Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, and Qiang Fu. 2013. “Analyzing Differences in Child Well-Being among U.S. States.” Child Indicators Research 6(2):401-431.


Fu, Qiang, Kenneth C. Land, and Vicki L. Lamb. (lead article) 2012. “Bullying Victimization, Socioeconomic Status and Behavioral Characteristics of 12th Graders in the United States, 1989 to 2009: Repetitive Trends and Persistent Risk Differentials.” Child Indicators Research 6(1): 1-21.


Fu, Qiang and Qiang Ren. 2010. “Educational Inequality under China’s Rural–Urban Divide: The Hukou System and Return to Education.” Environment and Planning A 42(3): 592-610.


Ren, Qiang, Qiang Fu, and Yushu Zhu. 2008. “Returns to Education Based on the Household Registration System: An Examination of Wage Disparity.” Population and Development 14(3): 37-46. (in Chinese)

Fu, Qiang, Xin Yu, Ye Tian, Lan Li, Xiaoxue Tang, and Guozhen Chang. 2008. “College English Test Scores and Majors: A Multilevel Analysis of Undergraduates from Seven Universities in Beijing.” Market and Demographical Analysis 13(06): 72-81. (in Chinese)


Ren, Qiang and Qiang Fu. 2007. “Marginal Birth Decisions under Economic Development: A Test of Leibenstein’s Theory.” Chinese Journal of Population Science (1): 60-70. (in Chinese)


Xue, Fei, Qiang Fu, Jian Xie, and Daiqiang Hu. 2004. “A Profit-Oriented Microeconomic Integer Programming Model for Olympics’ Mini Supermarket Allocation.” Chinese Journal of Engineering Mathematics (21): 57-63. (in Chinese)


Book Chapters

Land, Kenneth. C., Lamb, V. Lamb, and Qiang Fu. 2016. “Measuring Trends in Child Well-being and Child Suffering In the United States, 1975-2013.” A Life Devoted to Quality of Life: Festschrift in Honor of Alex C. Michalos, edited by Maggino, Filomena. New York: Springer.

Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L Lamb, and Qiang Fu. 2015. “Child Well-Being and Child Suffering.” Pp. 173-186 In World Suffering and Quality of Life, edited by  R. E. Anderson. New York: Springer.

Fu, Qiang. 2014. “The Contentious Democracy: Homeowners Associations in China through the Lens of Civil Society.” Pp. 201-216 in Housing Inequalities in Chinese Cities, edited by Y. Huang and S.-m. Li. New York: Routledge.

Fu, Qiang, Vicki L Lamb, and Kenneth C. Land. 2012. “Scalability of the CWI: Substate Regional Indicators and Composite Indices.” Pp. 189-224 in The Well-Being of America’s Children: Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index, edited by K. C. Land. New York: Springer.

Land, Kenneth C., Vicki L. Lamb, Sarah Meadows, Hui Zheng, and Qiang Fu. 2012. “The CWI and Its Components: Empirical Studies and Findings.” Pp. 29-76 in The Well-Being of America’s Children: Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index, edited by K. C. Land. New York: Springer.

Xie, Yu and Qiang Fu. 2010. “Chapter 12 Dummy Variables.” In Chinese. Pp. 217-233 in Regression Analysis, edited by Y. Xie. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press.

Xie, Yu and Qiang Fu. 2010. “Chapter 13 Interactions.” In Chinese. Pp. 234-249 in Regression Analysis, edited by Y. Xie. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press.

Xie, Yu and Qiang Fu. 2010. “Chapter 14 Heteroskedasticity and Generalized Least-squares Estimation.” In Chinese. Pp. 250-263 in Regression Analysis, edited by Y. Xie. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press.

Ren, Qiang, Zhihao Lv, and Qiang Fu. 2008. “China’s population, family and household.” In Chinese. Pp. 216-264 in 2005 China Micro-census Research Paper Series, edited by S. S. Bureau. Beijing: China Statistics Press.


Newspaper Articles and Research Reports

Land, Kenneth C., Vicki L. Lamb, and Qiang Fu. 2012. “Violent Bullying Victimization in Middle and High School Contexts in the United States: A Social Report.SINET: A Quarterly Review of Social Reports and Research on Social Indicators, Social Trends, and the Quality-of-Life (110 & 111): pp. 1-11.

Lin, Nan and Qiang Fu. 2010. “Market Transformation and the Disadvantaged: Housing Stratification in Urban China.” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Working Paper Series, Cambridge, MA.

Fu, Qiang and Huoning Zhou. 2010. “Homeowners Association: Voluntary Organizations Based on Partitioned Ownership.” In Chinese. In Chinese Social Sciences Today, Beijing: Social Sciences in China Press.

Fu, Qiang, Vicki Lamb, and Kenneth C. Land. 2009. California Child and Youth Well-Being Index, 1995-2007: Trends, Changes and Projections to 2012. Palo Alto, CA: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

Winter 2018
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No SOCI course(s) were found for W2018 term.Winter 2018
No SOCI course(s) were found for W2018 term.


SOCI 490 Contemporary Chinese Society

SOCI 328 Social Statistics I

SOCI 425 Urban Sociology


I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. I obtained my degrees from Duke University (Sociology, 2015), Peking University (Demography, 2008) and Jinan University (Computer Science, 2005), respectively. I am also affiliated with the Institute for Empirical Social Science Research (IESSR) at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China (2015-2018). I was a PARISS fellow at Duke University (2013-2014) and a recipient of the 2009-2010 China Program International Fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. My previous work was funded by the Foundation for Child Development, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the UBC Hampton Fund and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

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Honors and Awards

2016 Junior Scholar Grant (Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange)

2016 Hampton New Faculty Award (The University of British Columbia)

2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (China Scholarship Council)

2013 PARISS Fellowship (Duke University)

2010 China Program Fellowship (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy)

2007 Samchang Scholarship (Peking University)

2006 Nannong Rural Research Award (Southern Rural Daily & Central China Normal University)

2005 Excellent Undergraduate Thesis (Jinan University)

2004 Outstanding Winners of China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling (with invited publication at Chinese Journal of Mathematical Engineering, among top 20 out of 6,881 participants in 2004)