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Dr He Jingwei, Alex is Associate Professor and Associate Head (Research and Development) of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK, previously known as HKIEd). He received his PhD degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and bachelor degree in public administration from Xiamen University. Dr He specializes in public policy analysis, health policy and governance and social policy reforms, with particular reference to the Greater China region. He has published extensively in these areas, contributing articles to leading international journals and publishing houses, including Public Administration Review, The China Quarterly (2013, 2018), Health Policy & Planning (2014, 2016, 2019), Social Science & Medicine (2014, 2021), Health Policy (2018, 2021), Journal of Contemporary China (2015, 2021), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Social Policy & Administration, Policy & Society, Public Administration & Development (2011, 2021), and Ageing & Society. He also has a rich portfolio of academic articles and book chapters published in Chinese.

In May 2021, the University Grants Council (UGC) announced the results of the 2020 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Hong Kong’s official scheme assessing the research performance and achievement of public universities. All eight public universities in Hong Kong participated in the disciplinary area of political science (including public administration, public policy, and international relations), or Unit of Assessment #25 (UoA 25), submitting their best research impact cases. In the entire Unit, Dr He's impact case was among the only two research impact cases unanimously rated ‘outstanding’ (four star)—the top score—by the international expert panel.

Since 2012, Dr He has secured various external as well as internal research grants totaling to HK$ 3.5 million, including five major projects funded by the General Research Fund (GRF x2), the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR), the Early Career Scheme (ECS), and the World Health Organization. He led a GRF project (rated 5.0 full score by the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong SAR Government) that examined the sub-national variation of public attitudes towards social policy in urban China. He is currently leading a PPR project that examines the demands for long-term care insurance in Hong Kong through quantitative methods and attempts to offer concrete policy recommendations for long-term care financing to the SAR Government.

In July 2019, Dr He was selected as a core member of the consortium of The Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) of the World Health Organization (WHO), which comprises leading scholars from Hong Kong, India, and mainland China. This is the first time APO has funded a research consortium that is not formed by clinicians. Over the next three years, Dr He will work with collaborators from Fudan University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Shanghai Health Development Research Center on a number of strategic health policy issues in the Asia Pacific region, including the integration of health services for the elderly and long-term care financing.

In a high-profile report jointly published by the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Chinese Government in 2016, titled "Healthy China: Deepening Health Reform in China, Building High-Quality and Value-Based Service Delivery", six of Dr He's research works are heavily cited, making him one of the very few international scholars recognized in such a high-level study.

Dr He is Associate Editor of Policy and Society: An Interdiscplinary Journal of Policy Research (SSCI Q1) and the Journal of Asian Public Policy (SSCI), Executive Member of the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP), Editorial Board Member of Urban Governance (Elsevier), Chinese Public Administration Review (公共管理評論) and Journal of Public Administration (公共行政評論), Adjunct Research Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization, and the alumnus of the Ronald Coase Institute. He was a member of the President's task force for strategic development of HKIEd and served as the Programme Leader for Master of Social Science Education (Greater China Studies) from 2011 to 2013. He was twice the recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Research, EdUHK, Dean's Research Prize of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (2015-2016 and 2016-2017) EdUHK, the Ronald Coase Institute Fellowship, NUS Research Scholarship, and received the First Prize of the All-China University Student Research Project Competition (the Challenge Cup, with teammates) when he was a undergraduate student at Xiamen University.

Dr He serves as anonymous reviewer of many premier international journals, including Policy Sciences, Governance, The China Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Social Science and Medicine, Public Administration, Health Policy, Journal of Social Policy, and Public Health. He is also a Panel Member (Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Assessment Panel for Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.

As a policy scholar, Dr He actively participates in policy advocacy and knowledge transfer. His articles appeared in leading newspapers, including China Daily, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Ming Pao and Singtao Daily. He was interviewed by the Phoenix TV, China Central Television (English channel), The Financial Times, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), ATV, China Radio International, South China Morning Post, and CBS News in the US on various policy issues.

Research interests

  • Public policy
  • Health policy and governance
  • Social policy reforms

External Appointments

Associate Editor, Policy and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research (SSCI Q1)

Associate Editor, Journal of Asian Public Policy (SSCI)

Member, Executive Committee, the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP)

Panel Member (Humanities and Social Sciences), Assessment Panel for Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong

Adjunct Research Fellow, Center for China and Globalization

Member, Editorial Board, Urban Governance (Elsevier),《公共管理評論》,《公共行政評論》

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