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Dr Qian Xiong

Lecturer in Ageing

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Research overview

I am interested in the following research areas of ageing, gerontology and demography: (1) global ageing issues and cross-country studies, particularly researching active ageing and welfare state; (2) non-pharmacological care for patients with dementia; (3) determinants of health and wellbeing in later life from the life course perspective; (4) the carers’ experience of caring for older adults with dementia in different cultures; (5) integrated health and social care delivery for supporting older people living independently at home; (6) residential segregation, urbanisation and migration.



Supervision interests

I would like to supervise projects on but not limited to: 

  • Exploring the determinants of the inequalities of health and well-being in later life
  • Measuring frailty, resilience, healthy and active ageing in different social contexts
  • The intergenerational relationships and livelihood of older people
  • The residential segregation by age and ageism
  • Informal carer’s experiences of caring for older people with age-related disease 
  • Use of secondary quantitative data analysis 


I currently supervise MSc and PhD students whose projects span over areas of informal caregiving for people with dementia, early life experience and loneliness, Covid-19 transmissions among healthcare workers and patients, dry age-related macular degeneration and the relationship-based domiciliary care and loneliness of older people.

My academic background is in Sociology and Demography. I am a quantitative researcher by training and have expertise in demographic and statistical meth­ods. My supervision expertise is quantitative research methods, but I work with colleagues who are experts on qualitative research methods and supervise students who are doing qualitative or mixed methods research projects.  

I hope to supervise students who are interested in developing cross-cultural projects within the areas of Ageing and Gerontology, with the aim of generating evidence to inform policy changes in response to population ageing and promote the health and well-being of older people. 


Current Teaching

I teach on blended learning programmes. I lead the teaching on DHR465 Ageing: Theory and Methods and the foundation quantitative methods unit for DHR529 Data Analysis. I contribute to the DHR516 Theory, Methods and Choices and the annual academies.  

My Role

I am the admissions tutor for the blended learning MSc in Ageing and PhD in Ageing programmes. 

I am a core member of the Centre for Ageing Research

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