‘A Connected Communities Approach to Ageing in Place’
Professor Xiaomei Pei, PhD., Professor of Sociology, Executive Director, Gerontology Research Centre, Tsinghua University, China
Professor David Morris, Professor of Mental Health, Inclusion and Community, Centre for Citizenship and Community
Family Support in the Context of Rapid Social Transition: The Experience of China
In China, rapid urbanization and the impact of social services development in response to an ageing population is leading to a decrease in family resources, providing an opportunity to examine the impact of social transition on intergenerational support within Chinese families. As part of a presentation that explores the expectations of family support for the aged and the reality of flows of care, resource allocation, sharing and obligations within Chinese families, Professor Pei will:
- illustrate current gaps between social beliefs in family care and its reality, and identify changes in the past two decades under the framework of intergenerational solidarity;
- report on research findings on the efforts made in Chinese families to reconstruct intergenerational care under the impact of economic, social, and cultural transitions;
- discuss implications of the changes in China for the current study of family relations
Professor Pei leads the work of the Chinese team on Connected Communities and ageing, a key theme within ODESSA, a three year collaborative study led by UCLan, with Université Dauphine (Paris) and Tshingua University (Beijing) to develop an international framework for ageing in place. The context for her presentation will be set by Professor Morris with an introduction to UCLan’s Connected Communities programme. It will be followed by questions from the floor and discussion.
Professor Xiaomei Pei
Pei Xiaomei, Ph.D., professor at the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University, has been teaching and researching in the areas of medical sociology, social gerontology, and social welfare since 1999. Dr. Pei received her Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas, United States, in 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical School. Serving as the director of Tsinghua University Gerontology Center, she has been involved in research projects on aging in China and internationally. Her studies were published in the academic journals of home and abroad, including Social Science in China, Social Science and Medicine, Social Policy & Administration, The Gerontologist, IDS Bulletin，Comparative Sociology. She has also been involved in the activities of the interRAI organization as a fellow since 2004, working actively in the area of community and elderly health care organization and assessment.