Dr Miriam Driessen

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

Miriam Driessen is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and Junior Research Fellow of Jesus College. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2015, after having obtained an MA in Urban Studies from the TU Berlin and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.

Miriam’s current research explores the growing importance of the Chinese hunfang (marital home), set off against the near universality of marriage in China and the imbalance in the country’s sex ratio as a result of the one-child policy and the persistent preference for sons. This research builds on her doctoral work, which links Chinese labour migration to Ethiopia to housing and the social and cultural significance of home ownership in China.

Her research has appeared in The China Quarterly, Anthropology Today and The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (forthcoming). Prior to her doctoral studies, she published a book (in Dutch) on rural-to-urban change in China, based on life stories of residents of an urban village in Xiamen.