Dr Yanan Zhang

Dr Yanan Zhang

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT

Yanan is a quantitative postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at University of Birmingham. She joined the Sustainable Care programme in August 2018 as a Research Fellow in the “Modelling Care System Costs and Contributions: data for a sustainable care and wellbeing strategy” package which is led by Dr. Matthew Bennett and Professor Janet Fast. She was previously a Research Fellow for the West Midlands Leadership Commission where she collected evidence and conducted empirical analysis for the West Midlands Combined Authority Leadership Commission Report on the leadership diversity gap.

She completed her PhD in May of 2018 at the University of Birmingham where she was supervised by Professors Alessandra Guariglia and David Dickinson. Her thesis explored the association between savings and ageing populations, household composition and consumption, and health care systems in China. Her current research interests include informal care, welfare system, health economics, labour economics, and applied economics more generally.


  • PhD in Economics, University of Birmingham
  • MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, University of Birmingham


Zhang, Y., Bennett, M. R., and Yeandle, S. (2019) “Will I Care: The Likelihood of Being a Carer in Adult Life.” London: Carers UK.

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