Qian Fang received her PhD in Social Policy in 2018. She is a post-doctoral researcher at Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales. Her research approach is to study social policy through the lens of social service nongovernment organisations (NGOs). Her research combines Chinese and Australian comparative analysis with particular focus on cultural responsiveness of social services and international Chinese community comparative research. Another line of her research is Chinese social policy analysis and comparative analysis of disability policies in China and Australia.
2019 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme
2019 UNSW President's Awards 2019 nominees (Diversity and Respect)
2016 ‘Jing E’ Project Shortlisted Candidate. Funded by Yifang Foundation (China),
2014 Australia China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) Chinese delegate
2013-2017 University International Postgraduate Award, UNSW
1. Coproducing social support for migrants in the digital era: Online migrant peer support groups in Australia and China, Australia-China Joint Action Program, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
How could online peer support groups run for and by migrants be more effective? By examining online migrant peer support groups in Australia and China, this project will provide much-needed empirical evidence to inform better models of social support to migrants in the digital era. Answers could help reduce social support disparities for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in both countries.
2.Culturally responsive disability support with Chinese people in Sydney, Disability Innovation Institute UNSW, 2020-2021
The action research project is about how disability support organisations facilitate and support peer support groups for people with disability and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and how the support is related to organisational cultural responsiveness in disability support.
3. Social support for Chinese families with children with disability, UNSW, 2019-2020
This project aims to understand the social support experiences of Chinese families with children with disability in Sydney, Beijing, New York City and Taipei. Findings of this project will contribute to the knowledge about culturally responsive disability support and generate implications for policies and support services for people with disability from diverse cultural backgrounds.
4. Disability support organisations coproducing culturally responsive support with CALD communities, UNSW and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, 2018-2019
The action research project is about how disability support organisations provide culturally responsive supports to enhance the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) experience of Australian Chinese people with disability, their families, and communities in Sydney. The project involves action research in three Chinese peer support groups set up in 2018, exploring the process and outcome of co-production between the organisations and Australian Chinese people with disability and their families.