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Jinbao Zhang

University of Kent

Jinbao Zhang

Jinbao is a postdoctoral researcher in the Personal Social Services Unit at the University of Kent. He is working on the NIHR ARC project. Prior to this, he received his PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong.


Countries China; UK;
Topics Access to care; Ageing in place; Community-based LTC; Economics of LTC; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; New models of care; Person-centered care; Unmet needs;
Methods Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Comparative policy analysis; Panel data analysis; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis; Thematic analysis;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Economics of Long-Term Care; Long-Term Care Policy; Quasi-experimental methods;
Research interests

His research focuses on consumer-directed care, social policy and long-term care policy. Jinbao has investigated how to improve consumer-directed care for community-dwelling older people in China.  He is currently working on evaluating the effectiveness of Direct Payments in England. Overall, he is interested with promoting access to LTC and improving older people’s care outcomes.

Key publications
Zhang, J., Wang, J. S.-H., & Chan, W. K. (2024). Utilizing consumer-directed care among older adults: Identifying barriers from behavioral economics perspectives. Research on Aging, 01640275231226228.
Zhang, J., Chen, Y.-C., Shi, C., & Wang, J. S.-H. (2023). Developing an operationalized framework for comparing consumer-directed care for older adults: Evidence from expert survey and cross-national comparison. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 1–21.
Li, Y., Zhang, J., Luo, H., Pei, X., Wu, T., & Jing, J. (2023). The role of contextual factors in shaping urban older adults’ intention of institutional care in china: A mixed-methods study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(6), 4731.
Wang, J. S.-H., Peng, C., Luo, H., Zhang, J., & Oh, H. (2021). Containment, health, and social policies in the time of covid-19 – determinants and outcomes of initial responses across 120 countries. Health Policy and Planning, 36(10), 1613–1624.
Wang, J. S.-H., Zhang, J., & Fu, T.-H. (2021). The effects of universal child allowance on family expenditure in Taiwan. Children and Youth Services Review, 129, 106157.
Yang, Y., Zhang, J., & Liu, P. (2021). The impact of public assistance use on charitable giving: Evidence from the usa and china. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 32(2), 401–413.