Personal profile


I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) (August 2022-) in medical sociology and social gerontology at department of Social Statistics, University of Manchester. My research centers around health inequality, ageing, well-being in later life in the Global South and the Chinese diasporas into the Global North, with a focus on life course perspective and mixed-methods approach.  I have led projects as Principal Investigator externally funded through ESRC, GCRF, Research England, British Academy/Leverhulme.

I am the founder and lead of Global Network for Ageing Research on China/Chinese (GNARC) (Twitter: @gnarchina). The GNARC, based at University of Manchester, has over 200 members from all over the world: China, UK, Europe, North America, Australia, Hongkong, Japan, Singapore and India. The GNARC brings together researchers, policy makers and NGOs who are concerned about ageing, well-being and inequality with a particular reference to Chinese populations. 

Methodological knowledge

I have experience of applying advanced quantitative methods (multilevel modelling, growth curve models and multiple imputations in particular) within large-scale longitudinal studies, qualitative research methods (fieldwork, interviews, diaries, etc.) and mixed-methods research. I have published both quantaitive and qualitative research. 

Supervision information

Supervise PhDs (social statistics, applied social research, sociology) on ageing, migration and wellbeing and MSc students (social statistics). 

I am welcoming PhD applications in ageing, migration, health inequality and wellbeing particularly from the Global South. 


SOST70521 Methodology and Research Design (Postgraduate)

SOST65000 Dissertation (Postgraduate)

SOST70511 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (Postgraduate)

SOST10021 Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) (Undergraduate)

SOST20012 The Survey Method in Social Research (Undergraduate)


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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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