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Research at St Andrews

Kai Hu


Research overview

Previous research studies suggest that socioeconomic status (SES) and environment pollution are associated with health outcomes. However, little research explores the mechanisms between these factors among the elderly. Unlike epidemiological studies, this project attempts to assess the relationship between health outcomes of elderly, SES and environmental factors (pollution & weather). Furthermore, this analysis seeks to unravel whether the health inequality among Chinese older population stems from the triple burden of aging, SES and environment factors. On the basis of this hypothesis, the beginning of this PhD project uses specific indicators, chronic diseases and exposure to different types of air pollution, as the proxy for health outcomes and environment pollution, respectively so that the relationship between these can be understood better. Besides, data on the health outcomes of elderly in China are available, whereas environment pollution data needed to be matched with individual health outcomes. Gaps in theories related to health inequality, especially sociological and economic theories, will be reviewed and added into this PhD project to further refine the research questions, also could enrich my research conclusions.

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