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Australia – China Population Ageing Research Hub

The Australia-China Population Ageing Research Hub, established in 2015 with significant funding from UNSW, undertakes extensive research into the economic and health implications of population ageing in China, such as pension and social security reform, labour supply, and disability prevalence. 

It is based at CEPAR's UNSW node, and our existing and emerging linkages with Chinese academe - including China Nine (C9) universities - and relationships with policy makers at all layers of government, make us uniquely placed to spearhead this initiative.

By 2030, China’s ageing population (65+) is estimated to rise by 68%, and by 2050 UN estimates are that it will have more people over the age of 60 than any other country. China therefore urgently needs to develop and establish firm and sustainable policies addressing retirement provision, health and ageing, and well-governed business practices.

Click here to view the Australia-China Hub brochure

Research Program and Activities

Informing policy and practice innovation requires a major and focused research effort now, along with mechanisms for ensuring research impact on policy.

A major initiative to build research capacity and networking in China itself is urgently needed, so that well-trained expertise is available within China over the most critical transition period.

A multidisciplinary research program in four key areas will deliver new insights into priority reform areas, and the policy strategies to best suit the changing economic and demographic structure.

They are:

    • Mature labour force participation
    • Retirement incomes and financial products
    • Long-term care
    • The role of housing in intergenerational wealth transfer and
      retirement support


Professor John PiggottDirector of CEPAR and the China Population Ageing Research Hub

Professor Hanming FangHanming is the Hub's Scientific Director and leads the research program, with a pivotal role in developing linkages with research and policy institutions and personnel in China and elsewhere.

Dr Katja HanewaldKatja's the Hub’s Senior Research Fellow with a key role in the research program and in the development of outreach activities and linkages.

Dr Lu BeiLu Bei is a Research Fellow in the Hub. She contributes years' of experience in China-focused research and strong links with leading Chinese research institutions and linkages

Dr Han LiHan joined the Hub as a Research Fellow in September 2016 after completing her PhD in Actuarial Studies at Monash University.

Dr Shang WuShang joined the Hub as a Research Fellow in October 2016 after completing his PhD in Actuarial Studies at UNSW.

PhD Student

Xiaoyun ZhangXiaoyun is working on her PhD in Economics under the joint supervision of John Piggott, Katja Hanewald and Tess Stafford.


The 3rd Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy will be held on the 11th and 12th July at UNSW Sydney. More details on this event can be found here.

To view the program from the 2016 workshop click here.


Hanming Fang, Katja Hanewald and Shang Wu have been awarded AUD 50,000 (USD 37,500) in the 2017 Quartet Pilot Project Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. The team will use the funding to conduct a large online survey in China on preferences for different long-term care delivery and financing mechanisms. For more information click here

The China hub has been awarded two Scientia PhD Scholarships. The students, who will commence mid-year 2017, will be supervised by Professor Hazel Bateman, Professor Hanming Fang and Dr Katja Hanewald and will work on the project "Behavioural Insights for Retirement Financial Planning in China". These prestigious scholarships include a stipend of $40,000 per annum for 4 years and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum awarded to provide support for development activities, international collaboration and other related expenses. 

Further Information

Contact Dr Katja Hanewald

E: k.hanewald@unsw.edu.au

P: +61 2 9385 6174