Dr Qian Xiong

Lecturer in Ageing

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.