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Dr Zhixin Frank Feng BSc, MSc, PhD

Visiting Research Fellow

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Zhixin (Frank) Feng joined the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine as a Research Fellow in 2019. Prior to this, he was a Senior Research Fellow (2017-2019) and Research Fellow (2013-2016) in the Centre for Research on Ageing and ESRC Centre for Population Change in Faculty of Social Science, University of Southampton. He has been involved in five ESRC-funded projects (Co-investigator in two ESRC projects) and one EPSRC-funded project, and he was a Principal Investigator in one Worldwide University Network (WUN) (Title: The effectiveness of health service/investment interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in health among older people in China: a longitudinal study). He obtained his PhD degree in Human Geography at University of Bristol. His thesis was awarded ‘Best Research Degree Thesis’ in the Faculty of Social Science and Law at the University of Bristol in 2013. 

Research interests

My research interests are population health, health geography, health inequality, social security, ageing, and age-friendly environment/cities.

Worldwide University Network Research Development Fund: I have led one project funded under this initiative (2018-2019). It included colleagues from Zhejiang University, Renmin University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, The University of Hong Kong and other 20 universities in China and focused on The effectiveness of health service/investment interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in health among older people in China: a longitudinal study. More information can be found on https://wun.ac.uk/wun/research/view/effectiveness-of-health-serviceinvestment-interventions-aimed-at-reducing-inequalities-in-health-among-older-people-in-china-a-longitudinal-study

ESRC Secondary Data Initiative: I have been involved in two projects funded under this initiative. The first one (2012-4) included colleagues Dr Vlachantoni, Prof. Falkingham and Prof. Evandrou, and focused on the pension protection among ethnic minority groups in the UK using Understanding Society data; and the second one (2016-8, Co-Investigator) included colleagues Dr Vlachantoni, Prof. Falkingham, Prof. Evandrou and Dr Wang, and used mixed methods to analyse data from the National Child Development Study in order to explore informal care provision in mid-life. More information can be found on the CRA's research projects page.

ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: I am working as part of an international project led by Professor Maria Evandrou called the Global Ageing and Long-term Care Network (GALNet), involving colleagues from the UK, India, China, Kenya and Argentina. More details can be found on the Global Ageing and Long-Term Care Network (GALNet) project page.

Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Research on Ageing, Quantitative Social Sciences Group, University of Bristol

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Feng, Z., Wang, W., Jones, K., & Li, Y. (2012). An exploratory multilevel analysis of income, income inequality and self-rated health of the elderly in China. Social Science & Medicine,75(12),2481-2492.

Feng, Z., Wang, W., & Jones, K.(2013). A multilevel analysis on the role of family and the state in self-rated health of Chinese elderly. Submitted to Health & Place. (Forthcoming).

Articles

Book Chapter

  • Phillips, D. R., & Feng, Z. (2018). Global Ageing. In M. W. Skinner, G. J. Andrews, & M. P. Cutchin (Eds.), Geographical Gerontology: Perspectives, Concepts, Approaches (pp. 93-109). [8] Routledge.

Conferences

Reports

Working Papers

Tutor for Quantitative Research Methods for distance learning master students, 2015-2016

Statistics Adviser for Quantitative Methods I for a PhD student, 2015-2017

Instructor for Ageing in China and South-east Asia for postgraduate, 2014-2015

Instructor for Global Ageing and Policy: Poverty and Social Protection around the World for postgraduate, 2013-2014

Instructor for Understanding Modern China for year 2 and year 3 undergraduate, 2013-2014

Teaching assistant for Multilevel models for analysing contextuality, heterogeneity and change course in Essex Summer School, 2010 to 2012

Teaching assistant for Spatial modelling 3: Spatial Analysis with complex data for year 3 undergraduate students at University of Bristol, 01/2011-04/2013

Teaching assistant for Spatial modelling 1: Application statistics for year 1 undergraduate students at University of Bristol, 01/2010-04/2013

Teaching assistant for Spatial modelling 2: (R programming and multiple regression analysis) for year 2 undergraduate students at University of Bristol, 09/2010-12/2012

Teaching assistant for Geography methods (Arcgis and Envi application) for year 1 undergraduate students at University of Bristol, 09/2009-12/2012

Dr Zhixin Frank Feng
Room AB230, Level B, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Room Number: SGH/AB230

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