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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 is 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 Students

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

Cheng Wan: Cheng is a PhD student in Actuarial Studies supervised by Hazel Bateman, Katja Hanewald and Hanming Fang. He holds a Scientia PhD Scholarship from UNSW.

Tin Long Ho: Tin is a PhD student in Actuarial Studies supervised by Hazel Bateman, Katja Hanewald and Hanming Fang.


The China Hub hosts an Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy every year.

  • To view the program from the 2017 workshop click here.
  • To view the program from the 2016 workshop click here.
  • To view the program from the 2015 workshop click here.

The China Hub hosts a weekly lunch. Please contact Dr Katja Hanewald at k.hanewald@unsw.edu.au if you would like to join us.


We are looking for a Senior Research Associate (2-year postdoc) to join our China Hub. The successful application for this role will have:

  • A PhD in economics, econometrics, actuarial studies or a related discipline, or close to completion of a PhD.
  • An outstanding research record in a field relevant to the focus of the Australia-China Population Ageing Research Hub.
  • Excellent computing and data analysis skills, and excellent communication skills.

For more information about the role, including the Position Description, please 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

Recent publications of the China Hub

Further Information

Contact Dr Katja Hanewald

E: k.hanewald@unsw.edu.au

P: +61 2 9385 6174