Dr Nan Zhang

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Research interests

Having a background in public health and social epidemiology, I am broadly interested in exploring social and environmental change and health inequality in the Global South, with a focus on life course approach and neighborhood effects. Since September 2018, I have taken up a position of Presidential Academic Fellowship (Assistant Professorship) to explore ageing, social care, health and wellbeing of older people in transitional societies (i.e., China, India, etc.) under rapid socioeconomic change and demographic transitions.

My pevious projects (ESRC Health and Wellbeing pathway AQM funded doctoral project 2012-2015, ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund Fellowship 2016-2017 and Hallsworth Research Fellowship 2017-2018) were looking at how migration and urbanization affects health and well-being of vulnerable groups (children and older people).  

I am a member of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA), Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI), NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester and International Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (ICLS) at UCL. I also serve on MICRA management board from 2019. 

Methodological knowledge

I have experience in 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. 

Further information

Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

Cathie Marsh Institute (CMI)

Humanities Bridgeford Street (HBS) Building 

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL


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