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Chao Fang is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He also serves as a coordinator for the Centre for Ageing and the Life Course, which delves into the multidimensional aspects of the ageing process.

Notably, Chao's expertise extends beyond his position at the University of Liverpool. He holds the position of Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. This affiliation allows him to contribute to the study of death, dying, bereavement, and their interdisciplinary implications.

Further solidifying his scholarly pursuits, Chao serves as an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Education at University College London. This role enables him to actively engage with experts in longitudinal and life course studies to conduct longitudinal qualitative research on public health issues.

While primarily based in the United Kingdom, Chao's impact transcends geographical boundaries. His dedication and collaboration extend across Asia, particularly China and Japan, as well as throughout Europe, particularly Belgium. Through these international connections, he fosters valuable research and educational collaborations centered around critical topics such as ageing, death, dying, and social policy.

Chao is actively involved in varied research and public engagement activities at CDAS. Chao will continue his work alongside CDAS director Dr John Troyer and other centre colleagues to reinforce collaborations with research institutions in China, Japan and other neighbouring countries and regions, further developing a trans-national research network on ageing, end of life care and social policy in the Pacific region.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy, Bereavement and Motivation in Three Contrasting Cultures: Britain, Japan and China, University of Bath


Award Date: 22 Nov 2018

Philosophy and cultural studies (religious studies), Master of Arts, Identity transformation in bereavement (死別経験によるアイデンティティの変容)), Hokkaido University


Award Date: 25 Mar 2014

Japanese language and culture, Bachelor of Arts, Dalian University


Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, University College London

Jul 2023 → …

Lecture in Sociology, University of Liverpool

Jul 2023 → …


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