Dr. Jianghong Li Ph.D.


jianghong.li [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
E 118
Research Fellow of the

Research fields

Welfare State and Social Inequality
Social, economic, psychological, cultural influences on child health and development; the interface between socioeconomic, psychological and biological factors contributing to inequalities in child health and development | Health and wellbeing in immigrant and refugee children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds | Current research focus: Connections between the 24 hours/7 day economy and the health and wellbeing of children in Australia, Germany and other developed countries. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of parental employment status, work hours and work scheduling (e.g., nonstandard work schedules) and job characteristics on children’s health and development (e.g., behavioural problems, diet and obesity, risk taking, and educational achievement) and factors that may mediate or moderate this impact, such as family resources and processes. | Research Fields: Labour Market, Gender and Family, Public Health

Professional Background and Research Profile in Brief

Dr. Jianghong Li completed her Bachlor Degree of Arts with a major in English and English Language from Yunnan University, China, in 1982. She then obtained her Master degree in 1986 and PhD in sociology with a minor in economics in 1992 in the United State.  She was awarded the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1992-1993 at the University of Washington in Seattle. Between 1994 and 1996 she was a Research Associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Since 2000 she has being conducting research in social epidemiology and child health and development in Perth, Western Australia, collaborating with scientists from population health and epidemiology, psychology, labour economics and biomedical sciences.  Before she joined WZB in 2012, Jianghong Li was a Senior Research Fellow  at Curtin University and Associate Professor at Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia.

She is interested in the broad issue of modernity’s paradox whereby we witness declines in indicators of human development and rising social inequality despite postmodern society’s unprecedented economic prosperity and medical and technological advancements. Her research interest centres around social, economic, psychological, cultural determinants of child health and development; the interface between socioeconomic, psychological and biological factors contributing to inequalities in health and wellbeing. Her research interest and activities (present and past) are multidisciplinary in nature and involve various national contexts (China, US, Australia, and Europe). They can be grouped into five interrelated areas: "Economy and Health", "Social Inequality in Health", "Gender and Health", "Migration, Ethnicity and Health", and "Psychosocial and Nutritional determinants of child health and development". Inequality, health and wellbeing, disadvantage and complex pathways are the key concepts that link these seemingly very diverse research topics together.



Academic Qualifications


1992   Ph.D., Sociology, Louisiana State University (Minor in Economics), U.S.A.

1986   M.S., Sociology, Valdosta State University, Georgia, U.S.A.

1982   B.A., English and English Literature, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan Province, the People's Republic of China.




2007 - 2012   Curtin University Research Fellowship, Australia

1992 - 1993   Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, U.S.A.

1987 - 1991   Doctoral Scholarship, Louisiana State University, U.S.A

1984 - 1985   Rotary Scholarship, Valdosta State University (sponsored by the Rotary Club in Albany, Georgia, U.S.A.).


Positions Held


07/2012 – present  Senior Researcher, President’s Project Group, Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung).

08/2020 – 08/2022 Adjunct Associate Professor, Bankwest-Curtin Economics Centre, Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University

06/2020 -- 06/2023 Honorary Research Associate, Telethon Kids Institute

07/2013 -- 07/2019 Honorary Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute

10/2010 – 10/2013 Adjunct Associate Professor, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, the University of Western Australia

10/2012 – 09/2018 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Population Health Research, The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

01/2011 – 09/2012 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Population Health Research, The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.

04/2009 – 12/2012 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Developmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.

10/2007 – 03/2009 Research and Teaching Fellow, Centre for International Health and School of Public Health, Curtin University.

10/2007 – 09/2012 Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Population Sciences, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

10/2007 – Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, School of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Western Australia.

2003 – 2007 Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia. (80%)

2000 – 2003 Research Associate/Coordinator for a health services research project, the School of Population Health, the University of Western Australia (60%)

1996 – 1999 Affiliate Research Associate, Institute for Social Policies, University of Göttingen, Germany (parental leave)

1994 – 1996 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland (60%)

Affiliate Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Department of Sociology, University of Washington, U.S.A

1992 – 1993 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Department of Sociology, University of Washington, U.S.A. (100%)

1989 – 1991 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, U.S.A

1987 – 1988 Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, U.S.A.

1982 – 1984 Graduate Student, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.A.

1982 – 1984 Interpreter, Foreign Affairs Office, Yunnan Province, the People's Republic of China.

Selected Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Jianghong Li, Heiko Giebler, Rebecca Wetter, Hannah Kenyon Lair and Julia Ellingwood.  Unequal electoral participation: The negative effects of long work hours and unsociable work schedules in Europe. European Journal of Politics and Gender  (published online ahead of print 2022). Retrieved Sep 20, 2022, from https://bristoluniversitypressdigital.com/view/journals/ejpg/aop/article-10.1332-251510821X16602019188175/article-10.1332-251510821X16602019188175.xml
  2. Jianghong Li, Plamen Akaliyski, Jan Paul Heisig, Simon Löbl, Michael Minkov. Flexible societies excelled in saving lives in the first phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Frontiers in Psychology, 26 August, Section Cultural Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.924385
  3. Plamen Akaliyski, Michael Minkov, Jianghong Li, Michael Harris Bond, Stefan Gehrig.  The weight of culture: Societal individualism and flexibility explain large global variations in obesity. Social Science & Medicine 307 (2022) 115167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115167.
  4. Li J, Kenyon Lair H, Schӓfer J, & Kendall G. (2022). Parents’ nonstandard work schedules and parents’ perception of adolescent social and emotional wellbeing. Journal of Family Research. https://doi.org/10.20377/jfr-776.
  5. Jianghong Li, Mareike Bünning, Till Kaiser, Lena Hipp.  Who suffered most? Parenting stress and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.  Special Issue, “Family lives during the COVID-19 pandemic in European societies” in Journal of Family Research, 2021, Early View, 1–29. https://ubp.uni-bamberg.de/jfr/index.php/jfr/article/view/704/621https://doi.org/10.20377/jfr-704 .\
  6. Pablo Gracia, Wen-Jui Han, and Jianghong Li, "Nonstandard work schedules in 29 European countries, 2005–15: differences by education, gender, and parental status," Monthly Labor Review, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2021, https://doi.org/10.21916/mlr.2021.17.
  7. Jianghong Li, Heike Ohlbrecht, Matthias Pollmann-Schult, Filip Elias-Habib,
    Parents’ nonstandard work schedules and children’s social and emotional well-being:  A mixed-methods analysis. Journal of Family Research accepted 18 December 2019.
  8. Nan Hu, Catherine L. Taylor, Rebecca A. Glauert, Jianghong Li. The pervasive effects of timing of parental mental health disorders on adolescent deliberate self-harm risk. PLOS One14 (2019), H. 8, e0220704 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220704).
  9. Jianghong Li, Till Kaiser, Matthias Pollmann-Schult, and Lyndall Strazdins. Long work hours of mothers and fathers are linked to increased risk for overweight and obesity among preschool children: Longitudinal evidence from Germany. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health2019;73:723–729. doi:10.1136/jech-2018-211132 http://jech.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/jech-2018-211132
  10. Dawson Cooke, Garth Kendall, Jianghong Li, Michael Dockery. Association between pregnant women’s experience of stress and partners’ fly-in-fly-out work. Women and Birth (2018). Online first https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2018.09.005.
  11. Till Kaiser, Jianghong Li, and Matthias Pollmann-Schult. The reproduction of educational inequalities: do parenting and child behavioural problems matter? Acta Sociologica 61 (2018), OnlineFirst (doi: 10.1177/0001699318785690)
  12. Till Kaiser, Jianghong Li, Matthias Pollmann-Schult.  Evening and night work schedules and children’s social and emotional well-being. The Journal of Community, Work & Family Published on 22 November 2017 https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2017.1404443.

  13. Till Kaiser, Jianghong Li, Matthias Pollmann-Schult, Anne Y. Song. Poverty and child behavioural problems – the mediating role of parenting and parental well-being. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017 14, 981;doi:10.3390/ijerph14090981

  14. Carrington C.J. Shepherd, Jianghong Li, Matthew N. Cooper, Katrina D. Hopkins and Brad M. Farrant. The impact of racial discrimination on the health of Australian Indigenous children aged 5–10 years: analysis of national longitudinal data. International Journal for Equity in Health (2017) 16:116, DOI 10.1186/s12939-017-0612-0

  15. Jianghong Li, Plamen Akaliyski, Jakob Schäfer, Garth Kendall, Wendy H.Oddy, Fiona Stanley, Lyndall Strazdins. Non-linear relationship between maternal work hours and child body weight: Evidence from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study. Social Science & Medicine 2017, 186:52-60. Post print in PDF available at :  https://www.wzb.eu/sites/default/files/personalPage/li_jianghong/li_non-linear_relationship-postprint.pdf

  16. Nan Hu, Catherine L. Taylor, Jianghong Li, Rebecca A. Glauert. The impact of child maltreatment on the risk of deliberate self-harm among adolescents: A population-wide cohort study using linked administrative records. Child Abuse & Neglect 2017, 67: 322-337.

  17. Lorraine Yap, Su Shu, Lei Zhang, Wei Liu, Yi Chen, Zunyou Wu, Jianghong Li, , Handan Wand, Basil Donovan, Tony Butler. Psychological distress among re-education through labour camp detainees in Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Journal of Mental Health. (online first: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2016.1276529)

  18. Nan Hu, Jianghong Li, Rebecca A. Glauert, Catherine L. Taylor. Influence of Exposure to Perinatal Risk Factors and Parental Mental Health Related Hospital Admission on Adolescent Deliberate Self-harm Risk. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  2017: DOI 10.1007/s00787-017-0948-4.

  19. Lyndall Strazdins, Jennifer Baxter, Jianghong Li. Long hours and longings: Australian children’s views of fathers’ work-family time. Journal of Marriage and Family 2017: (Online first: DOI: 10.IIII/jomf.12400).

  20. Mike Dockery, Jianghong Li, Garth Kendall. Sole-parent work schedules and adolescent wellbeing: Evidence from Australia. Social Science & Medicine, 2016, 168: 167-174 DOI information: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.09.019.

  21. Anett Nyaradi; Jianghong Li;Jonathan K. Foster; Siobhan Hickling, Angela Jacques; Therese O’Sullivan, Wendy H. Oddy: Good-quality diet in the early years may have a positive effect on academic performance. Acta Paediatrica 2016, 105: e209–e218.DOI: 10.1111/apa.13324

  22. Nan Hu, Rebecca Glauert, Jianghong Li, Catherine Taylor. Risk factors for repetition of a deliberate self-harm episode within seven days in adolescents and young adults: A population-level record linkage study in Western Australia. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (Accepted on 17 November 2015).

  23. Jianghong Li and Mathias Pollmann-Schult. Fathers' commute to work and children's social and emotional well-being in Germany. Journal of Family and Economic Issues (published online first: (DOI) 10.1007/s10834-015-9467-y)

  24. Jessica E. Tearne, Monique Robinson, Karina L. Allen, Jianghong Li, Neil J. McLean. Older maternal age is associated with depression, anxiety and stress symptoms in young adult females. Journal of Abnormal Psychology (accepted 11 September 2015).

  25. Anett Nyaradi, Jianghong Li, Siobhan Hickling, Jonathan K. Foster, Angela Jacques, Gina L. Ambrosini, Wendy H. Oddy: A Western dietary pattern is associated with poor academic performance in Australian adolescents. Nutrients 2015, 7, 2961-2982; doi:10.3390/nu7042961

  26. Anett Nyaradi, Wendy H Oddy, Siobhan Hickling, Jianghong Li, Jonathan Foster. The relationship between nutrition in infancy and cognitive performance during adolescence. Frontiers in Nutrition (Accepted 21 January 2015).

  27. Lorraine Yap, Joanne Reekie, Wei Liu, Yi Chen, Zunyou Wu, Jianghong Li, Lei Zhang, Handan Wand, Basil Donovan,  Tony Butler. HIV testing in re-education-through-labour camps in Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Sexually Transmitted Infections (accepted 14th January 2015).

  28. Jessica E. Tearne, Monique Robinson, Jianghong Li, Peter Jacoby, John Newnham, Neil McLean. Does Late Childbearing increase the Risk for behavioural problems in Children? A longitudinal Cohort Study. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2015 29:41-49.

  29. Nyaradi, Anett; Foster, Jonathan; Hickling, Siobhan; Li, Jianghong; Ambrosini, Gina; Oddy, Wendy. Prospective associations between dietary patterns and cognitive performance during adolescence" The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2014 55 (9): 1017-1024.

  30. Anett Nyaradi, Jianghong Li, Siobhan Hickling, Andrew Whitehouse, Wendy H. Oddy. Diet in the early years of life influences cognitive outcomes at ten years: a prospective cohort study. Acta Paediatrica , 2013 105:1165-1173.

  31. Paula Wyndow, Jianghong Li, and Eugen Mattes. Female empowerment as a core driver of democratization:  A dynamic panel model from 1980 to 2005. World Development, 2013, 52: 34-54.

  32. Li J, Sarah Johnson,Wen-Jui Han, Andrews S, Dockery M, Kendall G and Strazdins L. Parents’ nonstandard work and child wellbeing: A critical review of the literature. Journal of Primary Prevention 2014,35 (1): 53-73 (DOI: 10.1007/s10935-013-0318-z).

  33. Anett Nyaradi, Jianghong Li, Siobhan Hickling, Jonathan Foster, Wendy H Oddy. The role of nutrition in children’s neurocognitive development, from pregnancy through childhood.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (MAR) 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00097

  34. Sarah Johnson, Jianghong Li, Garth Kendall, Lyndall Strazdins, Peter Jacoby. Mothers’ and Fathers’ Work Hours, Child Gender and Behavior in Middle Childhood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 2013, 75: 56-74.

  35. Carrington CJ Shepherd, Jianghong Li, Francis Mitrou, Stephen R Zubrick.  Socioeconomic disparities in the mental health of Indigenous children in Western Australia. BMC Public Health 2012 12:756  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-756  http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-756

  36. Li, J., Robinson, M., Malacova, E., Jacoby, P., Foster, J. & van Eekelen, J.A.M. Maternal life stress events in pregnancy link to children's school achievement at age 10. Journal of Pediatrics, 2013 162 (3), 483-489. Impactfactor: 4.115, ERA ranking: A, Category ranking: 4/113 (Q1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.09.007

  37. Barbara Nattabi, Jianghong Li, Sandra C Thompson, Christopher G Orach, Jaya Earnest. Between a rock and a hard place: stigma and the desire to have children among people living with HIV in Northern Uganda. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012, 15: 17421. http://www.jiasociety.org/content/15/2/17421 | http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.15.2.17421.

  38. Faye Lim, Jenny Downs, Jianghong Li, Xin-Hua Bao, Helen Leonard. Caring for a child with severe intellectual disability in China: The example of Rett syndrome. Disability and Rehabilitation. Posted online on September 20, 2012. (doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.715720).

  39. Bernhard Buchter, Margrit Dunkel, Jianghong Li. Multiple Sclerosis: A disease of affluence? Journal of Neuroepidemiology 2012, 39:51-56.

  40. Jianghong Li, Lijun Yang, Zhouyang Ren, Chongbin Mo, Dingwen Chen,Fuqiang Dai,Mingzhong Jiang, Zhijie Tang, Peter Jacoby. HIV Vulnerability in out-of school adolescents and youth in Yunnan, China. World Journal of AIDS 2012, 2 48-56.

  41. Carrington Shepherd, Jianghong Li, Steve Zubrick. Socioeconomic disparities in physical health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Western Australia. Ethnicity & Health 2012, 17 (5): 439-461. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2012.654768

  42. Jianghong Li, Therese O’Sullivan,Sarah Johnson, Fiona Stanley, Wendy Oddy. Maternal work hours in early to middle childhood link to later adolescent diet quality. Public Health Nutrition2012, 15 (10): 1861-1870.

  43. Barbara Nattabi, Jianghong Li, Sandra C Thompson, Christopher G Orach and Jaya Earnest.  Family planning among people living with HIV in post-conflict Northern Uganda: A mixed methods study. Conflict and Health 2011, 5:18. http://www.conflictandhealth.com/content/5/1/18.

  44. Bernhard Buchter,Margarit Dunkel, Jianghong Li. Everyday products induce multiple sclerosis. Medical Hypotheses. 2011, 77: 462-467.

  45. von Katterfeld B,  LiJ, McNamara B, Langridge AT. Perinatal complications and cesarean section in foreign-born and Australian-born women in Western Australia, 1998-2006. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  2012, 116: 153-157.

  46. Faye J Lim, Jenny Downs, Jianghong Li, Bao Xin-Hua, Helen Leonard. Barriers to Diagnosis of a Rare Neurological Disorder in China ­ Lived Experiences of Rett Syndrome Families. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Accepted 5 August 2011).

  47. Carrington Shepherd, Jianghong Li and Stephen Zubrick. Social Gradients in Indigenous Health in Australia. American Journal of Public Health 2012, 102 (1): 107-117.

  48. von Katterfeld B,  LiJ, McNamara B, Langridge AT. Maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with gestational diabetes in women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Western Australia. Diabetic Medicine 2012, 29, 372–377.

  49. Dockery, Alfred Michael and Kendall, Garth and Li, Jianghong and Mahendran, Anusha and Ong, Rachel. 2011. Housing and child development: key dimensions, knowledge gaps and issues for future research in Australia, in Dixon, J. and Dupuis, A. and Lysnar, P. (ed), 5th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference, Nov 17-19 2010, pp. 1-17. New Zealand: The University of Auckland.

  50. Dockery, A.M., Kendall, G., Li, J., Mahendran, A., Ong, R. and Strazdins, L. (2010), Housing and children’s development and wellbeing: a scoping study, Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 149:1-102.

  51. Langridge A, Li J, Nassar N & Stanley F.Community-level socioeconomic inequalities in infants with poor fetal growth in Western Australia, 1984 to 2006. Annals of Epidemiology 2011; 21(7):473-80.

  52. Oddy, W. H., Robinson, M., Kendall, G. E., Li, J., Zubrick, S.R. & Stanley, F.J. (in press). Breastfeeding and early child development: A prospective cohort study. Acta Paediatrica, 2011 100(7), 992-999.

  53. von Katterfeld B, Li J, McNamara B, Langridge AT. Obstetric profiles of foreign-born women in Western Australia using data linkage, 1998-2006. Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 2011; 51: 225-232.

  54. Nattabi B,Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J Factors associated with perceived stigma among people living with HIV/AIDS in post-conflict Northern Uganda.AIDS Education and Prevention23(3), 2011, 193-205.

  55. Oddy W, Li J, Zubrick SR, Whitehouse AJO, Malacova E. Breastfeeding duration and academic achievement at ten years. Pediatrics 2011;127;e137-e145.

  56. Robinson, M., Mattes, E., Oddy, W. H., Pennell, C.E., van Eekelen, J.A.M., McLean, N. J., Jacoby, P., Li, J., de Klerk, N.H., Zubrick, S.R., Stanley, F.J. & Newnham, J.P. (2011). Prenatal stress events and behavioural development from age two to 14 years: The influence of the number, type and timing of stressful life experiences. Development and Psychopathology, 23(2), 507-520.

  57. Langridge AT, Nassar N, Li J, Peter J, Stanley FJ.  The impact of monetary incentives on general fertility rates in Western Australia.  The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health(2010). doi:10.1136/jech.2009.100347.

  58. Whitehouse, A.J.O., Robinson, M., Li J., & Oddy, W.H. An effect of breast-feeding duration on language ability to middle childhood. Paediatric and Perinatal 2010 25(1), 44-53.

  59. Langridge AT,Nassar N,Li J, Stanley F. Social and racial inequalities in preterm births in Western Australia, 1984 to 2006. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2010; 24: 352-362.

  60. Yang L, Li J*, Zhang Y, Zhang W, Dai F, Maycock B. Reported reasons for initiating drug use among drug-dependent adolescents and youths  in Yunnan, China. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2009; 35: 445-453.

  61. Oddy WH,  Kendall GE, Li J, Jacoby J,  Robinson M,  de Klerk NH,  Silburn SR,  Zubrick SR, Landau L, Stanley FJ. The long-term effects of breastfeeding on adolescent mental health: a pregnancy cohort study followed for 14 years. The Journal of Pediatrics 2010; 156:568-574.

  62. Kendall GE, van Eekelen JA, Mattes E, Li J. Children in harm’s way: a global issue as important as climate change. Forum on Public Policy. Spring 2009 (September 2009). http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/spring09papers/archivespr09/kendall.pdf.

  63. Robinson, M., McLean, N. J., Oddy, W. H., Mattes, E., Bulsara, M., Li, J., Zubrick, S.R., Stanley, F.J. & Newnham, J.P. Smoking cessation in pregnancy and the risk of child behavioural problems: A longitudinal prospective cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Healthjech.2009.088658. doi:10.1136/jech.2009.088658 (Impact factor: 3.186).

  64. Malacova E, Li J, Blair E,  Mattes E, de Klerk NH, Stanley FJ. Neighbourhood socioeconomic factors and maternal factors at birth as moderators of the association between birth characteristics and school attainment:  A population study of children attending government schools in Western Australia. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health(Impact Factor: 2.956) 2009 63: 842-849 (first published online 18th May 2009).

  65. Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. A systematic review of factors influencing fertility desires and intentions among people living with HIV/AIDS: Implications for policy and service delivery. AIDS and Behaviour(published on line 28th March 2009).

  66. Li J, Mattes E, McMurray A, Hertzman C, Stanley F. Social determinants of child health and wellbeing. Health Sociology Review 2009 18(1): 3-11.

  67. Li  J, D’AngiulliA, Kendall G. Response to  “Reply to Li, D’Angiulli, & Kendall: The Early Development Index and children from culturally and linguistically diverse background”  by Janus M, Hertzman C, Guhn M, Brinkman S, Goldfeld S. Early Years March 200929(1):89-92.

  68. Dockery M, Li J, Kendall G. Parents work patterns and adolescent health and wellbeing. Social Science & Medicine 2009, 68:689-698.

  69. Robinson, M., Mattes, E., Oddy, W. H., de Klerk, N. H., Li, J., McLean, N. J., Silburn, S.R., Zubrick, S.R., Stanley, F.J. & Newnham, J.P. Hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and the development of behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence: The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study. The Journal of Pediatrics 2009; 154: 218-24.

  70. Li J, Luo C, de Klerk N. Trends in infant/child mortality and life expectancy in Indigenous populations in Yunnan Province, China. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2008;32: 216-223.

  71. Robinson M, Oddy W,  Li J, Kendall G, de Klerk N, Silburn SR, Stanley FJ, Zubrick SR. Pre-and post-natal influences on preschool mental health: A large-scale cohort study. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry2008; 49(10): 1118-1128.

  72. Malacova E, Li J, Blair E, Leonard H, de Klerk N, Stanley F.  Association of birth outcomes, maternal, school and neighbourhood characteristics with subsequent numeracy achievement. The American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;168:21-29.

  73. Li J, McMurray A, Stanley F. Modernity’s paradox and the structural determinants of child health and wellbeing. Health Sociology Review 2008; 17 (1): 64-77.

  74. Li J, Kendall G, Henderson A, Downie J, Landsborough L, Oddy W. Maternal psychosocial wellbeing and breastfeeding duration.  Acta Paediatrica 2008; 97(2):221-225.

  75. Yang L, Li J*, Zhang Y, Li H,  Zhang W, Dai F, Ren Z, Qi G, Cheng W.Societal perception and support for methadone maintenance treatment in a Chinese Province with high HIV prevalence. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2008; 34(1):5-16.

  76. Tian L, Li J*, Zhang K, Guest P.  Women’s status, institutional barriers and reproductive health care: A case study in Yunnan, China Health Policy 2007, 84:284-297.

  77. Li J, Luo, C, Deng, R, Jacoby, P, de Klerk, N. Maternal mortality in Yunnan, China: recent trends and associated factors, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2007, 114:865-874.

  78. Li J, D’AngiulliA, Kendall G.  The Early Development Index and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Early Years (A review and critique). 2007, 27: 221-235.

  79. Deng R, Li J*, Sringernyuang L, Zhang K. Drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and stigmatisation in a Chinese indigenous community. Social Science & Medicine 2007, 64:1560-1571.

  80. Oddy W, Li J, Landsborough L, Kendall G, Henderson S, Downie J. The association of maternal overweight and obesity with breastfeeding duration. The Journal of Pediatrics 2006 (August);149 (2):185-91.

  81. Kendall, G,  Li  J. Response to “Role of socialization in explaining social inequalities in health” by Archana Singh-Manoux and Michael Marmot (Social Science & Medicine, 2005; 60: 2129-2133). Social Science & Medicine 2005; 61: 2272-2276.

  82. Li  J. Women’s status in a rural Chinese setting. Rural Sociology 2005; 70(2): 229-252.

  83. Li  J. Gender inequality, family planning and maternal and child health in a rural Chinese county. Social Science & Medicine 2004; 59:695-708.

  84. Li  J, Morlet N, Semmens JB, NG J, Knuiman, M.  Significant non-surgical risk factors for endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: The endophthalmitis population study of Western Australia (EPSWA): Fourth Report. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 2004; 45: 1321-1328.

  85. Semmens JB,Li  J, Morlet N, Jonathon NG. Trends of cataract surgery and post-operative endophthalmitis in Western Australia (1980-1998): A population-based study. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 2003; 31(3):213-219.

  86. Morlet N, Li  J,  Semmens JB, NG Jonathan.The endophthalmitis population study of Western Australia (EPSWA): First report. British Journal of Ophthalmology2003; 87:574-576.

  87. Ng J, Li J, Morlet N, Semmens JB. Experience with coding accuracy for endophthalmitis. Health Information Management 2003; 31(2) [online].

  88. Li  J, Morlet N, Semmens JB,Gavin A and Ng J on behalf of teamEPSWA. Coding accuracy for endophthalmitis diagnosis and cataract procedure in Western Australia: The Endophthalmitis Population Study of Western Australia (EPSWA): Second Report. Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2003; 10(2):133-145.

  89. Li J, and Lavely W. Village context, women’s status and son preference among rural Chinese women. Rural Sociology 2003; 68(1):87-108.

  90. Lavely W, Li  Jianke, Li  J. Sex preference for children in a Meifu Li community in Hainan China.  Population Studies 2001; 55:319-329.

  91. Li  J,  König M, Sacchi S, Buchmann M. Further education and occupational mobility in Switzerland. European Sociological Review 2000; 16(1): 43-65.

  92. Li  J, Singelmann J. Social mobility among men: A comparison of neo-Marxian and Weberian class models.  European Sociological Review 1999; 15(1):1-23.

  93. Li  J, Singelmann J. Gender differences in class mobility:  A comparative study of the United States, Sweden, and West Germany. Acta Sociologica 1998; 41:315-333. 

  94. Li  J, Buchmann M, König M, Sacchi S. Patterns of mobility for women in female-dominated occupations: An event-history analysis of two birth cohorts of Swiss women. European Sociological Review1998; 14(1): 49-67.

  95. Lavely W, Luo C, Lu Z, Zhang Z,  Li  J, Mason W. An empirical study of rural women's status.  Population Journal (in Chinese) 1995; 3:17-25.

  96. Li  J, Lavely W. Rural economy and male marriage in China, Jurong, Jiangsu 1933.  Journal of Family History 1995; 20: 289-306.

  97. Li  J, Wojtkiewicz RA. Childhood family structure and transitions into first marriage. The Sociological Quarterly 1994; 35: 247-268.

  98. Li J, Wojtkiewicz RA. A new look at the effects of family structure on status attainment.  Social Science Quarterly 1992; 73: 581-595.

* I was responsible for writing earlier and the final drafts and was the corresponding author responsible for handling reviewers’ comments.


Journal Letters


(Lancet Letters are reviewed by three editors including the Editor-in-Chief and have an acceptance rate of 30%)

  1. Li J, Zhang K, Tian L.  Multiple facets of China’s health inequality [Letter]. Lancet 2006 367 (9520): 1397.
  2. Li  J. Integration of HIV/AIDS and Family planning [Letter].  Lancet 2005; 366 (9491):1077.
  3. Li  J. A Chinese-style one-child policy for India [Letter].Lancet 2005; 366 (9480):121.
  4. Li  J. Why is income inequality linked to altruism? [Letter]Lancet 2005; 366 (9479): 25.
  5. Li  J. Democracy does not promote health in a vacuum. Rapid response to “Effect of democracy on health: an ecological study” by Franco Á, Álvarez-Dardet C, Ruiz MT. [Letter] BMJ 2004; 329:18-25.


Peer reviewed conference proceedings


Alfred Michael Dockery, Garth Kendall, Jianghong Li, Anusha Mahendran, Rachel Ong. Housing and Child Development: Key Dimensions, Knowledge Gaps and Issues for Future Research in Australia. 2010 Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference.


Research Reports and non-peer reviewed publications


  1. Jianghong Li. Lange Reifung Die Schutzbedürftigkeit junger Menschen wird unterschätzt (Long maturation: The vulnerability of young people is underestimated). WZB Mitteilung 177, September 2022.
  2. Jianghong Li. Der Teufelskreis der Pandemie: Soziale und gesundheitliche Ungleichheit verstärken einander (The vicious circle of the pandemic: social and health inequalities reinforce each other). WZB Mitteilung 1/22, March 2022.
  3. Jianghong Li. Ohne Limit am Limit: Lange Arbeitszeiten schaden Gesundheit- auch der nächsten Generation. WZB Mitteilung Heft 170 Dezember 2020.
  4. Jan Paul Heisig, Jianghong Li, Jutta Allmendinger. Gesundheitsdaten als sozialpolitisches Gut: Warum wir eine Debatte über Ihre Nutzung für die Forschung brauchen. WZB Mitteilung Heft 170 Dezember 2020.
  5. Jianghong Li and Jan P. Heisig. Der Teufelskreis von Infektion und Ungleichheit: Corona hat soziale Ursachen und Folgen (Corona has social causation and social consequences). WZB Mitteilung, 168 June 2020
  6. Han, W., Gracia, P., & Li, J. (2020). Parental Work Schedules and Hours in 29 European Countries, 2       005-2015: A Welfare State Comparison. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK232293/
  7. Jianghong Li. Wohlstand und Intelligenz für alle: Lebenschancen müssen nicht vom Elternhaus abhängen. WZB Mitteilung, 165 September 2019.  
  8. Jianghong Li. …aber ohne Gesundheit ist alles nichts. In Touch – 50 Jahre WZB, March 2019.
  9. Jianghong Li, Till Kaiser, Matthias Pollmann-Schult. Komplizierter als gedacht: Wie sich soziale Ungleichheiten von Eltern auf Kinder übertragen. WZB Mitteilung, 162 Dezember 2018.
  10. Jianghong Li. Rich Countries and Poor Child Health: The Rise in Social Inequality Is a Threat to the Young Generation in Developed Countries. WZB Report 2017, Pp 56-60.
  11. Jianghong Li and Wen-Jui Han. Our 24/7 economy and the wealth of nations. Globalisation under Pressure The Conversation , 15 May 2017.

  12. Lyndall Strazdins, Jianghong Li, and Anne Song. Die unsichtbare Familie Geld, Zeit und Liebe sind in der Ökonomie des 21. Jahrhunderts ungleich verteilt. WZB Mitteilung, 153 September 2016.

  13. Jianghong Li. Das Paradox des Reichtums:  Massive Gesundheitsprobleme bei Kindern in entwickelten Ländern. WZB Mitteilung, 152 Juni 2016.

  14. Jianghong Li and Jaya Dantas. Australiens zwei Gesichter: Eigennützige Einwanderungspraxis und unmenschlicheAsylpolitik. WZB Mitteilung, 151 March 2016. Australia’s two faces: utilitarian immigration practice and inhumane refugee policy.

  15. Jianghong Li and Jaya Earnest. Das Beste aus zwei Welten: Vorteile einer Kombination von quantativen und qualitativen Forschungsmethoden. WZB Mitteilung, 150 December 2015 (in German). The best of both worlds: Advantages of combining quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

  16. Jianghong Li, Lu Zhaohe und  Luo Chun. Das Mosaik von Yunnan: Warum in Chinas ethnisch heterogenster Provinz Frieden herrscht. WZB Mitteilung Issue 146 December 2014.

  17. Jianghong Li and Paula Wyndow. Der entscheide Unterschied: Länder, in denen Fruaen sich entfalten können, haben bessere Chancen auf Demokratisierung. DER TAGESSPIEGEL, Donnerstag, 13 März 2014 / Nr. 21985 Wissen & Forschen.

  18. Jianghong Li. Nebenwirkungen des Wachstums: Die HIV/AIDS-Epidemie in China  hat soziale, ökonomische und kulturelle Ursachen. WZB Mitteilung Issue 144 June 2014.

  19. Jianghong Li. Wie Gesundheit Bildungswege prägt Frühe Beeinträtigungen können lebenslange Folgen Haben. WZB Mitteilung Issue 138 December 2013.

  20. A.M. Dockery, R. Ong, S. Colquhoun, J Li and G. Kendall. Housing and Children’s Development and Wellbeing: Evidence from Australian Data.  A Final Report to Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. June 2012 (peer reviewed). ISSN: 1834-7223.

  21. Jianghong Li, Sarah Johnson, Wen-Jui Han, Garth Kendall, Lyndall Strazdins, Michael Dockery.  Parents’ nonstandard work and children's wellbeing: A critical review of the existing literature. Centre for Labour Market Research Working Paper, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Perth Western Australia.

  22. Alfred Michael Dockery, Garth Kendall, Jianghong Li, Anusha Mahendran, Rachel Ong and Lyndall Strazdins. Housing and Children’s Development: A Scoping Study for Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Western Australia Research Centre. December 2009.

  23. Erica Bell, Jane Ford, Tim Gill, Ian Hickie, Jianghong Li, Hugh McKay, Brian Redican, Sally Redman, Deborah Schofield, Fiona Stanley. Rebecca James, Megan Keaney, Sally Redman, Melissa Sweet (eds.), Australian Financial Crisis: Implications for Health and Research.  Research Australia: An alliance for discoveries in health, Sydney, November 2009.

  24. Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffith J, Milroy H, De Maio JA, Cox A, Li J. 2005. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal Children and Young People. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

  25. Buchmann M, König M, Li J, Sacchi S. 1997. Determinants and effects of occupational further education, a final research report to Swiss Science Foundation.


Book Chapters

  1. Heisig, Jan Paul; Li, Jianghong; Allmendinger, Jutta (2021) :
    Gesundheitsdaten als öffentliches Gut, In: van der Eijk, Philip Ganten, Detlev Marek, Roman
    (Ed.): Was ist Gesundheit? Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus Medizin, Geschichte und Kultur, ISBN 978-3-110-71333-6, De Gruyter, Warsaw, Berlin, pp. 363-375,

  2. Wendy Oddy, Jianghong Li, Monique Robinson, Andrew J.O. WhitehouseThe long-term effects of breastfeeding on development: in Pediatrics (accpeted 26th Septmeber 2011).

  3. Buchmann M, König M, Li  J, Sacchi S. 1999. Weiterbildung und Beschäftigungschancen (Further education and labour market opportunities)

  4. Buchmann M, König M, Li  J, Sacchi S.  1996.  Berufliche Aufstiegschancen und Abstiegsrisiken im Wandel (Occupational upward and downward mobility in change), Swiss Federal Statistics Office, Bern. 

  5. Deseran FA, Li J, Wojtkiewicz RA. 1993. "Household structure, labor market characteristics, and female labor force participation", Pp. 165-190 in J. Singelmann and F. A. Deseran (eds.), Inequalities in labor market areas.  Boulder, CO.: Westview Press.

  6. Singelmann J,  Deseran FA, Mencken C, Li J. 1993. "Determinants of Labor Market Performance", Pp. 125-142 in J. Singelmann and F. A. Deseran (eds.), Inequalities in labor market areas.  Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

  7. Singelmann J, Li J.  1992.  "Place of Birth and Place of Residence in South Korea: Methodological Considerations  For Migration Research", Pp. 175-197, in K. F. Zimmermann (ed.), Migration and economic development. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

  8. Li J.  1992.  "Black and white differences in first marriage among women: Influence of contextual factors".  Working paper, No. 93-8, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington.


Published Abstract


Langridge, A.; Li, J.; Nassar, N.; Stanley, F. J.  Did the Baby Bonus Increase Fertility and Poor Birth Outcomes in Socially Disadvantaged Groups? Australasian Epidemiologist (2008) vol 15 (94).


Book Review


Li J. Wuxi City and Wuxi County: Analysis of a Pilot Census by Tuan, Chi-Hsien, ed., Rural Sociology 1991; 55(Spring):141-143.


Editorial Board


Associated Editor of Rural Sociology, published by the American Rural Sociological Society. (June 2005-2011). 

Chief Guest Editor: A special issue on Social Determinants of Child Health and Wellbeing in Health Sociology Review to appear in April 2009.


Reviews for Scientific Journal Articles


The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, Rural Sociology, Health Sociology Review,Women & Heath, Study of Family Planning, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Journal of Women’s Health, BMC Women’s Health, World Development


Review of National Competitive Grants


The National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia

The Australian Research Council



Research Grants (selection)


1.  Lavely W, Li  J.  Infant Health and Survival and Its Familial and Community-Level Determinants in Rural Yunnan, China.  The Henry Luce Foundation Grant (1993-1998, US$140,000).  I was a co-investigator equivalent to a second chief investigator in Australia term.


2. Inaugural NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Population Health (APP ID 254545, 2002-2007, $3,050,000)

Title: Improving health outcomes with population-based biological, social and environmental information and research methods.

Lead Investigators: Holman CDJ, Stanley FJ, Zubrick SR, Knuiman MW, Hobbs MST, de Klerk NH, Bower CI, Stevenson M.

Team Investigators: Bulsara MK, Glasson EJ, Hendrie D, Li J, Kendall G, Mattes E,

McKenzie A, Milne E, Semmens JB.


3. Stanley F, de Klerk N, Bower C,Li J, Ferrante A, Leonard H, Kendall GE, Cook J,  Smith MB,  Mathews RP, Kraszlan K,  Vicary D, Patterson Y, Chalmers R, Freemantle J.

Title: Developmental pathways to health, education and delinquency

outcomes in Western Australia children: a holistic approach to inform

early intervention strategies. LP0455417.

2004 :  $214,569

2005 :  $429,137

2006 :  $429,137

2007 :  $214,569

(ARC Linkage Project Grant, Total: 1,287,412)


4. ARC Linkage Project Grant (LP0776722, total $1,366,180 2007-2011: 2007 $315,340; 2008 $365,340; 2009 $331,250; 2010 $310,250; 2011 $44,000)

Title: Our Children, Our Families, Our Place: Enabling Communities for Child Health and Wellbeing

CIs: McMurray A, Stanley F, Down B, van Waddell B, Stumbles P, Peter Franklin, Kendall G. Li J, Eekelen A, Eugen Mattes, Sims M, Kickett-Tucker


5. Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY) ARC/NHMRC Research Network Seed Funding ($25,000, 2008).

Title: Impact of the labour market on the wellbeing of Australian children and youth

CIs: Li J, Dockery M, Kendall G, Strazdins L, Andres S.

PIs: Wen-Jui Han, Singelmann S.


6. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Project Grant ($49,641, May 2008-March 2009)

CIs: Dockery M, Kendall G, Li J, Strazdins L, Chan F, Ong R, Seymour R, Mahendran A.

Title: Housing and Children’s Development and Wellbeing: A Scoping Study.


7. Australian Development Research Award

CI: Yap L, Liu W, Wang X, Jiang W, Butler T, Wu Z, Li J (10%).

Title: Strengthening China’s response to HIV, TB, and HIV/TB co-infection in labour camps (lao jiao suo) in Guangxi Autonomous Region: developing a prevention model to inform national policy (App ID:ADRA0800127, $306,700, 2009-2011: 2009 $154,200; 2010 $114,500: 2011 $38,000)


8. Foundation for Children (ID: 2010-039, 2011-2012 $160,000)

CIs: Li J, Kendall G, Strazdins L.

Title: Impact of parental work on mental health in Australian children


9. ARC Linkage Project Grant (LP100200507, Total $2,094,275.00: 2010 $216,127.50; 2011 $469,252.00; 2012 $513,592.00; 2013 $485,130.50; 2014 $317,418.00; 2015 $92,755.00)

Industry partners’ cash contributions: $1.5m; Total project cost: $3.6m.

Title: Pathways, Policies and Prevention: Better Outcomes for Western Australian Children


CIs: Fiona Stanley, Helen Leonard, Nicholas de Klerk, Jianghong Li, Natasha Nassar, Stephen Zubrick, Catherine Taylor
Partner Investigators:  Eddie Bartnik WA Department for Communities

Patrick Walker WA Department of Indigenous Affairs

Cheryl Gwilliam WA Department of the Attorney General

Ian Johnson WA Department of Corrective Services

Tim Marney WA Department of Treasury and Finance

Terry Murphy WA Department for Child Protection

Karl O'Callaghan WA Police

Sharyn O'Neill WA Department of Education and Training

Grahame Searle WA Department of Housing

Ronald Chalmers Disability Services Commission WA

Diana Rosman Department of Health WA

Peter Flett Department of Health WA, Department of Health WA


10.  Fritz Thyssen Foundation (10,000 euro, 2013)

CI: Jianghong Li

Title: Developing A Data Linkage System To Enable Innovative Research.


11. German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) (178,130 euro, 2015-2016)

CI: Jianghong Li and Matthias Pollmann-Schult.

Title: The 24/7 economy and the health and wellbeing of family and children in Germany.


Teaching and Supervision Experience


PhD student completion

Eva Malacova (PhD) 2010 (The University of Western Australia (UWA)): Impact of health and social, economic, and psychological conditions in early life on educational outcomes in Western Australian children.

Amanda Langridge (PhD) 2009 (UWA): Changing socioeconomic inequalities in neonate, infant and child health and development. (Primary Supervisor)

Barbara Nattabi (PhD) 2012 (Curtin University): Fertility desires and intentions of HIV Positive Men and Women in Post-conflict Northern Uganda.

 Brilliana Katterfeld (PhD) 2012 (UWA):  Motherhood after migration:Perinatal health in children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Western Australia. (Primary Supervisor)

Carrington Clifford Joseph Shepherd (PhD) 2013 (Curtin University): The socioeconomic pattern of health and developmental outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. (Primary Supervisor)

Paula Wyndow (PhD) 2013 September (Curtin University): A gendered approach to democratic development theory. (Primary supervisor)

Jessica Tearne (PhD) 2015 June (UWA): Parental age and mental health outcomes in offspring: Findings from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study. (Co-supervisor)

Anett Nyaradi (PhD) 2015 April (UWA): Thesis title: The relationship between diet, cognitive performance and educational outcomes in a cohort of Western Australian children. (Co-supervisor)

Nan Hu (PhD) 2016 (UWA):  Thesis title: Deliberate self-harm and suicide in adolescents and youth in WA (Co-Supervisor)

Master student completion

2008- Sole supervisor of Kristen Price (Master by course work, Curtin University): Title “Rural Women’s Status in Contemporary China and the HIV Epidemic in China”.

2008-   I have been the examiner of two Master student’s thesis at CIH, Curtin University:

1)  Erin Law, The impact on care-seeking for early neonates after the introduction of Village Health Workers Trained in Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) in Matlab, Bangladesh

2) Aleta Miller, A review of the outputs of the AIDS component of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria - AIDS Round 3 phase-out grant in Myanmar


Honour student completion

2011: Primary supervision of Jessica Hall (Honors student, UWA), thesis title “Mental heath in children and adolescents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds”. 

2011: Co-supervision of Nicola Fenelon (Honors student, UWA), thesis title “Maternal stress in pregnancy and brain functions in adolescence”.

2010:  Co-supervision of Janice Lim (Honors student, UWA), thesis title “Experience of Rett Syndrome in China.


Postdoctoral Fellows mentoring

2010-2012: Primary supervision of a postdoctoral fellow: Sarah Johnson, project title “Impact of parental work on the mental health of Australian children and adolescents”.

2015-2017: Co-supervisor of a postdoctoral fellow: Till Kaiser, project title “The 24/7 economy and the health and wellbeing of family and children in Germany”.