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Associate Professor Bingqin Li

Associate Professor and Director of the Chinese Social Policy Stream

PhD in Economics (Nankai University) and PhD in Social Policy (London School of Economics)

Social Policy Research Centre


+61 2 9385 4037
+61 2 9385 7838
207 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Public Administration, Social Policy and Planning, Urban and Regional Studies, Sustainable Development, Migration, Community Planning, Housing Markets, Development, Management
Tags: Social Class and Inequalities, Government and Politics, International Aid and Development

Bingqin Li’s research is on social policy and governance. Her current projects include governance of age-friendly community, local government motivation in delivering complex social programs, social inclusion and integration, urban governance, and social spending.

She has particular expertise on China, and works also on other countries in Asia, and on comparative studies of policies between Asia and the West. Her research has been published in academic journals in urban studies and social policy, such as Urban Studies, Environment & Urbanisation, Social Policy & Administration and Public Administration and Development.

Bingqin Li has played an important role in introducing international social policy research to China, through editing two series of translated series of key texts.

Bingqin has also consulted international organisations, such as the World Bank, European Union, the WHO, UNESCAP, IIED, and the DFID. She has also collaborative research relationship with UNRISD, top Chinese universities and think tanks such as DRC and CASS in China.

She is frequently invited to give talks in universities and give public talks in Europe and Asia.

Research interests

  • Urban governance in the context of urbanisation, aging society and fast economic growth
  • Particular expertise on China’s development. Also works on other countries in Asia, and on comparative studies of policies between Asia and the West.


Honours and prizes

  • (2018) Best Paper Award Annual Conference, Chinese Social Policy Association"Public Resources for Primary and Secondary Education, Economic Development and Educational Inequality Research") in collaboration with Huamin Peng, Lin, Qi and Wan, Guowei.Peng Huamin, Qi Lin, Wan Guowei (China)
  • (2008) Intergenerational housing support in East Asia, STICERD young researcher's award, London School of Economics (UK)
  • (2007) Low-Cost Urban Housing Markets: Serving the Needs of Low-Wage, Rural Urban Migrants?STICERD young researcher's award, London School of Economics (UK)
  • (1998) An Zijie Research Encouragement Award on International Trade (China)


Disability employment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Co-production and community development in China

Development coordination in China

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