Skip links

Dr Alex He Jingwei

Dr Alex He Jingwei

OFFICE      B1-2/F-31
PHONE      2948 7033

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. Dr He specializes in public policy analysis, health policy and governance and social policy reforms, with particular focus on East Asia. He has published extensively in these areas, contributing articles to leading international journals and publishing houses, including Public Administration ReviewThe China Quarterly (2013, 2018), Health Policy and Planning (2014, 2016, 2019), Social Science and MedicineJournal of Contemporary ChinaSocial Policy and AdministrationPolicy and SocietyPublic Administration and Development, and Ageing and Society. He also has a rich portfolio of academic articles and book chapters published in Chinese.

Since 2012, Dr He has received 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), 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 recommendation for long-term care financing.

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 Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research (SSCI Q1) and the Journal of Asian Public Policy (SSCI), Executive Member of the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP), Adjunct Research Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization (Beijing-based key think-tank), 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 the recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research, HKIEd, Dean’s Research Prize of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (2015-2016 and 2016-2017) EdUHK, the Ronald Coase Institute Fellowship, and NUS Research Scholarship.

Dr He serves as anonymous reviewer of many premier international journals, including Policy Sciences, The China QuarterlyPolicy Studies JournalSocial Science and MedicineJournal of Social Policy, and Governance.

As a policy scholar, Dr He is actively engaged in policy advocacy. His articles appeared in leading newspapers, including China DailySouth China Morning PostHong Kong Economic JournalMing Pao and Singtao Daily. He was interviewed by the Phoenix TV, China Central Television (English channel), The Straits Times, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), ATV, China Radio International, and CBS News in the US on various policy issues.


  • PhD (National University of Singapore)
  • MA (Xiamen University‚ China)
  • BA (Xiamen University‚ China)
  • Social Policy and Reform
  • Health Policy and Governance
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Public Policy and Governance: Processes and Techniques
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Comparative Health Policy

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters:


Edited Book (Editor)

Mintrom, M., Maurya, D., and He, J.* (eds.), 2020. Policy Entrepreneurship: An Asian Perspective, London: Routledge.


Book chapters

He, J. (2020). Access to social protection by immigrants, emigrants and resident nationals in China. In: J. Lafleur and D. Vintila (eds). Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond (Volume 3): A Focus on Non-EU Sending States. Berlin: Springer, 63-73.

He, J., Li, Z., and Huang, G. (2020). Social policy and reforms in China. In: N. Ellison and T. Haux (eds). Handbook on Society and Social Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 238-251.

He, J. (2019). Healthcare policy and reforms in Hong Kong. In: W. Dong (eds). Social Policy in China: From State-led to Market-led Economy, Oakville, Canada: Rock’s Mills Press, 211-224.

He, J. (2018). Local policy entrepreneurship in authoritarian China: the case of a “model” health care reform. In: C. Bakir and D. Jarvis (eds). Institutional Entrepreneurship and Policy Change: Theoretical and Empirical Explorations, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 113-138.


Journal articles

He, J. and Tang, V.F.Y. (2021). Integration of health services for the elderly in Asia: A scoping review of Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia. Health Policy,

He, J., Ratigan, K., and Qian, J. (2020). Attitudinal feedback towards sub-national social policy: a comparison of popular support for social health insurance in China. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis,

He, J. and Ma, L. (2020). Citizen participation, perceived public service performance, and trust in government: evidence from health policy reforms in Hong Kong. Public Performance and Management Review,

He, J.* and Chou, K.L. (2020). What affects the demand for long-term care insurance? A study of middle-aged and older adults in Hong Kong. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 39(4), 413-422.

Yang, H., Bin, P. and He, J.* (2020). Opinions from the epicenter: an online survey of university students in Wuhan amidst the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Journal of Chinese Governance , 5(2), 234-248 (corresponding author).

Liu, N., Bao, G., and He, J.* (2020). Does health insurance coverage reduce informal payments? Evidence from the “red envelopes” in China. BMC Health Services Research, 20:95 (corresponding author).

Jarvis, J. and He, J.* (2020). Policy entrepreneurship and policy change: who, why, how? Public Administration and Development, 40(1), 3-10 (corresponding author).

He, J., Qian, J., and Ratigan, K. (2020). Attitudes towards welfare spending in urban China: Evidence from a survey in two provinces and social policy implications. Journal of Chinese Governance , (online first, corresponding author).

He, J., Shi, Y., and Liu, H. (2020). Crisis governance, Chinese style: Distinctive features of China’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Policy Design and Practice, (online first).

Mintrom, M., Maurya, D., and He, J.* (2020). Policy entrepreneurship in Asia: the emerging research agenda. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 13(1), 1-12 (corresponding author).

He, J. and Ma, L. (2020). Corporate policy entrepreneurship and cross-boundary strategies: How a private corporation champions mobile healthcare payment innovation in China? Public Administration and Development, 40(1), 76-86.

Qian, J., He, J.*, and Yin, J.D.C. (2019). The medical arms race and its impact in Chinese hospitals: implications for health regulation and planning. Health Policy and Planning, 34(1), 37-46 (corresponding author).

He, J.* and Chou, K.L. (2019). Long-term care service needs and planning for the future: A study of middle-aged and older adults in Hong Kong, Ageing and Society, 39(2), 221-253.

Li, Q. and He, J.* (2019). Popular support for the social security system in urban China: evidence from a cross-sectional survey in a Chinese city. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 35(3), 261-79 (corresponding author).

He, J. (2018). Maneuvering within fragmented bureaucracy and vested interests: policy entrepreneurship in China’s local health care reform, The China Quarterly, 236, 1088-1110.

Liu, K. and He, J.* (2018). Able to purchase? Agency problems in China’s social health insurance system and the pitfall of third-party strategic purchasing. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33(4), 1045-1059 (corresponding author).

Yin, J.D.C. and He, J.* (2018). Health insurance reforms in Singapore and Hong Kong: How the two ageing Asian Tigers respond to health financing challenges? Health Policy, 122(7), 693-697(corresponding author).

He, J. (2018). Public satisfaction with health system and popular support for state involvement in an East Asian welfare regime: health policy legitimacy of Hong Kong, Social Policy and Administration, 52(3), 750-770.