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Dr. Pei-Chun Ko is a lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University.

She is a sociologist with expertise in ageing and health, social and economic participation of older adults, intergenerational relationships and ageing families, life course, and social networks. Health and social inclusion of older adults against the backgrounds of changing families and sociocultural structures in Asian countries have been her long-term research interests.

With a fully funded scholarship from the German Research Foundation, she obtained her PhD from the University of Cologne, Germany with magna cum laude. Prior to relocating to Australia, she did her postdoc and then she was a research fellow with the joint appointment from the prestigious Asia Research Institute (ARI) and Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) at National University of Singapore. She then joined Singapore University of Social Sciences as lecturer and later senior lecturer. 

Her work has been published in internationally acclaimed journals, including Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Aging and Health, Social Science & Medicine, etc. She was the guest editor of Social Science & Medicine for the special issue – Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia (2019) which provided empirical evidence of key determinants and health outcomes of social and productive engagement (working, caregiving, volunteering, etc.) among older adults in 10 Asian societies. She is now serving on the editorial board of Journal of Family Studies as associate editor.

Trained as a quantitative researcher, she has not only applied quantitative methods, but also has employed quantitative-driven mixed method design in her research projects.

She has an academic website: https://peichunko.wordpress.com

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Ageing and Health
  • Intergenerational Relationships
  • Life Course
  • Social Networks


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