Global Network for Ageing Research on China/Chinese (中国老龄化全球研究网络)

The Global Network for Ageing Research on China/Chinese (GNARC,中国老龄化全球研究网络) brings together researchers, policy-makers and NGOs to better understand the causes and consequences of ageing and well-being in China and among Chinese communities around the world.

Global Network for Ageing Research on China
Illustration by Jen Rao.

GNARC is a vibrant and growing community of nearly 200 members from around the world, including China, the UK, North America, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore. Network members:

  • Share cutting-edge research (theories and practices) that focuses on ageing, health and well-being, with a focus on China.
  • Communicate ageing research discoveries and results to the public, to the research community and to key stakeholders.
  • Nurture the next generation of researchers that are passionate about ageing research, especially on China and the Global South.
  • Collaborate with older people, researchers, NGOs and policy makers to improve health and well-being in later life.

GNARC holds a regular seminar series featuring theory and practice, methodology and substantive topics on cross-cutting themes: ageing, well-being, inequality, life course and China. Our speakers are from the scientific community, public sectors, NGOs and thinktanks all over the world. The GNARC seminar series is online and global in scope.

The GNARC ECR Methods Seminar Series

GNARC organises regular online and/or face-to-face methods seminars to discuss and critique one particular method or publication. At times we invite the authors of chosen publications to share their first-hand experiences with us. Our ECR Methods Seminar is open to everybody who is interested, and early career researchers and/or PhD students are particularly welcome.

If you wish to join GNARC seminars and other events, simply send ‘subscribe’ (and your affiliation) to

Joining details will be sent to the mail list subscribers in due course before each event.

GNARC was established in 2021 and is led by Dr Nan Zhang at The University of Manchester.


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