Dr. Alex He Jingwei

Dr. Alex He Jingwei is Associate Professor and Associate Head (Research and Development) of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) 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 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 MedicineHealth PolicyJournal 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 secured various external as well as internal research grants totaling to HK$2.6 million, including three major projects funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR), and the Early Career Scheme (ECS). He is currently leading a GRF project (rated 5.0 full score by the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong SAR Government) that examines the sub-national variation of public attitudes towards social policy in urban China.

In a newly released report jointly published by the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Chinese Government, 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-profile study.

Dr. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Asian Public Policy, Executive Member of the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP), 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 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, Governance, The China QuarterlyPolicy Studies JournalSocial Science and MedicineJournal of Social Policy, and Public Health.

As a policy scholar, Dr. He actively participates in policy advocacy and knowledge transfer. 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, 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. 


  • PhD (National University of Singapore)
  • MA (Xiamen University‚ China)
  • BA (Xiamen University‚ China)


  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Health Policy and Reforms
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Public Administration


  • PPG6002 Public Policy and Governance: Processes and Techniques
  • PPG6009 Comparative Health Policy
  • GCS6015 Politics and Public Policy in Greater China
  • SSC6155 Comparative Social Policy


Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters:

Chapter in Edited Book (Author)

He, J. (2015). Transplantation Tourism in Asia: Snapshot, Consequences and the Imperative for Policy Changes. In N. Lunt, J. Hanefeld and D. Horsfall (Eds.), The Elgar Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility (pp. 411-420). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

和經緯、羅源昆(2014):中國大陸公立醫院治理結構改革:模式、局限與方向,輯於王春光編,《社會政策評論(第五輯)》,(pp. 156-175),北京,社會科學文獻出版社。

Phua, K.H. and He, J. (2013). Health Care Reform: Where is China Heading? In L. Zhao (Ed.), China’s Social Development and Policy: Into the Next Stage (pp. 99-112). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

He, J. (2013). The Chinese Health System: Problems, Reform Initiatives and Prospect. In M. Popejoy and C. Akukwe (Eds.), Global Public Health Policy (pp. 193-209). New York: Nova Science.

Xu, H., He, J., Zheng, K. and Kwan, H. (2010). The Chinese Health System. In J. Johnson and C. Stoskopf (Eds.), Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspective (pp. 33-57). Sudbury: Jones & Bartlett.

Edited Book (Editor)

Saunders, P. & He, J. (2018). Social Protection in East Asian Chinese Societies. London: Routledge.

He, J. and Meng, Q. (2015)(Eds.). Chinese national health care reform: On the mend? London: Routledge.

Journal Articles:

Qian, J., He, J.*, & 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, DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czz001.

He, J.* & 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), 221-251.

He, J. (2018). Maneuvering within a Fragmented Bureaucracy: Policy Entrepreneurship in China’s Local Healthcare Reform. China Quarterly, 236, 1088-1110.

Liu, K. & He, J.* (2018). Able to Purchase? Agency Problems in China’s Social Health Insurance System and the Pitfalls of Third-Party Strategic Purchasing. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33(4), 1045-1059.

Li, Q. & He, J.* (2018). 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, xx, 1-19.

Yin, J.D.C. & 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.

He, J. (2018). Public Satisfaction with the 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.

He, J.* & Chou, K.L. (2018). What Affects the Demand for Long-Term Care Insurance? A Study of Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Hong Kong. Journal of Applied Gerontology, , DOI:

Qian, J. & He, J.* (2018). The Bonus Scheme, Motivation Crowding-out and Quality of the Doctor-Patient Encounters in Chinese Public Hospitals. Public Organization Review: A Global Journal, 18(2), 143-158.

He, J. (2017). Introducing voluntary private health insurance in a mixed medical economy: Are Hong Kong citizens willing to subscribe? BMC Health Services Research, DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2559-7.

He, J. and Chou, K.L. (2017). Long-term care service needs and planning for the future: A study of middle-aged and older adults in Hong Kong. Ageing and Society, DOI: 10.1017/s0144686x17000824.

He, J., Lai, A.Y. and Wu, X. (2016). Teaching policy analysis in China and the United States: Implications for curriculum design of public policy programs. Policy and Society, 35(4), 385-396.

He, J. (2016). Public satisfaction with the health system and popular support for state involvement in an East Asian welfare regime: Health policy legitimacy of Hong Kong. Social Policy and Administration, DOI: 10.1111/spol.12274. Available at

Qian, J. and He, J. (2016). The bonus scheme, motivation crowding-out and quality of doctor-patient encounters in Chinese public hospitals. Public Organization Review, DOI: 10.1007/s11115-016-0366-y.

Yang, W., He, J., Fang, L. and Mossialos, E. (2016). Financing institutional long-term care for the elderly in China: A review of new models. Health Policy and Planning, 31(10), 1391-1401.

He, J. and Wu, S. (2016). Towards universal coverage via social health insurance in China: Systemic fragmentation, reform imperatives and policy alternatives. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, DOI: 10.1007/s40258-016-0254-1.

He, J. and Qian, J. (2016). Explaining medical disputes in Chinese public hospitals: The doctor-patient relationship and implications for health policy reforms. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 11(4), 359-378. Available on CJO2016, DOI: 10.1017/S1744133116000128.

Zeng, Y., He, J., Lin, P., Sun, Z., and Fang, Y. (2016). Developing case-mix standards with diagnosis-related groups for payment reforms and hospital management in China: A case study of Xiamen City. International Journal of Healthcare, 2(1), 102-110.

He, J. and Yang, W. (2015). Clinical pathways in China: An evaluation. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 28(4), 394-411.

He, J. and Huang, G. (2015). Fighting for migrant labor rights in the world's factory: Legitimacy, resource constraints and strategies of grassroots migrant labor NGOs in South China. Journal of Contemporary China, 24(93), 471-492.

He, J. and Meng, Q. (2015). An interim interdisciplinary evaluation of China's national health care reform: Emerging evidences and new perspectives. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 8(1), 1-18.

He, J. (2014). The doctor-patient relationship, defensive medicine and overprescription in Chinese public hospitals: Evidence from a cross-sectional survey in Shenzhen City. Social Science and Medicine, 123, 64-71.

Mok, K.H. and He, J. (2014). The re-emerging China and its implications in East Asia and beyond. China: An International Journal, 12(2), 3-13.

Ramesh, M., Wu, X. and He, J. (2014). Health governance and healthcare reform in China. Health Policy and Planning, 29, 663-672.

He, J. and Qian, J. (2013). Hospital behaviors under administrative cost-containment policy in urban China: The case of Fujian province. The China Quarterly, 219, 946-969.

He, J. (2012). Is the Chinese health bureaucracy incapable of leading healthcare reforms? The case of Fujian province. China: An International Journal, 10(1), 93-112.

He, J. (2011). China's ongoing public hospital reform: Initiatives, constraints and prospect. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 4(3), 342-349.

He, J. (2011). Combating healthcare cost inflation with concerted administrative actions in a Chinese province. Public Administration and Development, 31(3), 214-228.

He, J. (2010). China's ongoing healthcare reform: Reversing the perverse incentive scheme. East Asian Policy, 2(3), 39-48.

He, J., Lai, A. and Leong, C. (2010). Living organ transplantation policy transition in Asia: Towards adaptive policy changes. Global Health Governance, 3(2), 1-14.

Wu, X. and He, J. (2009). The paradigm shift in public administration: Implications for the teaching of professional training programs. Public Administration Review, 69(S1), 21-28.

Lai, A., He, J., Tan, T. and Phua, K. (2009). A proposed ASEAN disaster response, training and logistics centre: Enhance regional governance in disaster management. Transition Studies Review, 16(2), 299-315.








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