Dr Nan Zhang

Presidential Fellow (Academic) & Lecturer (Teaching and Research)

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Research interests

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. I held a number of prestigious  fellowships (ESRC Health and Wellbeing pathway AQM funded doctoral project 2012-2016, ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund Fellowship 2016-2017 and Hallsworth Research Fellowship 2017-2018) examining how migration and urbanization affects health and well-being of vulnerable groups (children and older people).  

Since September 2018, I have taken up a position of Presidential Academic Fellowship (Assistant Professorship) to explore ageing, well-being and inequality, mainly focused on China, with comparisons with other countries (i.e., India) in the Global South and the Chinese diaspora into the Global North. 

I am the funder and lead of Global Network for Ageing Research on China (GNARC) (Twitter: @gnarchina; URL: https://www.gnarchina.com/). The GNARC, based at University of Manchester, has over 200 members from all over the world: China, UK, Europe, North America, Australia, Hongkong, Japan, Singapore and India. The GNARC brings together researchers, policy makers and NGOs who are concerned about ageing, well-being and inequality with a particular reference to China. 

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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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