Pei-Chun Ko

Dr Ko Pei-Chun


Centre for University Core

Tel: +65 6248 0312

Email: cGNrb0BzdXNzLmVkdS5zZw==

Educational Qualifications

  • 2011 - 2015

    Ph.D., Economics and Social Sciences (Sociology; magna cum laude), University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2009 - 2011

    MSc., Sociology and Social Research, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • 2006 - 2008

    M.A., Sociology, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

  • 2000 - 2005

    B.A., Education (minor: History), National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2017 - 2019

    Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute (ARI) and Centre for Family and Demographic Research (CFPR), National University of Singapore

  • 2015 - 2017

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute (ARI) and Centre for Family and Demographic Research (CFPR), National University of Singapore

  • 2015

    Lecturer, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Journal Articles:

Ko, P. C., and Yeung, W. J. (2019)
Contextualizing productive aging in Asia: Definitions, determinants, and health implications, Social Science & Medicine. 229, 1-5.

Ko, P. C. and Yeung, W. J. (2019)
Childhood conditions and productive aging in China, Social Science & Medicine. 229, 60-69.

Ko, P. C. and Yeung, W. J. (2018)
An ecological framework for active aging in China, Journal of Aging and Health. 30 (10), 1642-1676

Ko, P. C., Buskens, V., and Wu, C. C. (2015)
The interplay between gender and structure: Dynamics of adolescent friendships in single-gender classes and mixed-gender classes, Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25(2), 387-401.

Ko, P. C., and Hank, K. (2014)
Grandparents caring for grandchildren in China and Korea: Findings from CHARLS and KLoSA, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 69, 646-651.

Book Chapter:

Nakazawa, J., Hyun, J.-H., Ko, P. C. and Shwalb, D. W. (2018)
Grandparents in Japan, Korea and China: From Filial Piety to Grandparenthood in D. W. Shwalb & Z. Hossain (Eds.) Grandparents in Cultural Context. New York: Routledge.


  • 2016 - Event Grant (about S$22,400) by Asia Research Institute (Convenor; with Wei-Jun Jean Yeung)
    Research Cluster Conference "Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia"
  • 2016 - Fieldwork Grant (about S$5,000) by Asia Research Institute (Principal Investigator)
    Research Project: "Investigating Social Networks and Productive Engagement in Late Life in Singapore: The Case of National Silver Academy".
  • 2018 - Present
    Member, International Sociological Association

  • 2017 - 2018
    Guest editor, Social Science & Medicine

  • 2016 - Present
    Member, American Sociological Association

  • 2016 - Present
    Member, The Gerontological Society of America
  • Productive Aging
  • Neighborhoods and Health
  • Life Course and Health
  • Intergenerational Relationships
  • Social Networks
  • 2014
    Study Completion Grant (about S$3,001.6), German Academic Exchange Service (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst, DAAD), Germany

  • 2011 - 2014
    Three-year full scholarship (about S$74,062.5), German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), Germany

  • 2014
    Next Generation Sociologists Grant (about S$279.7), Japan Sociological Society

  • 2010 - 2011
    Utrecht Excellence Scholarship (about S$17,413), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • 2009 - 2010
    The 2009 Holland Scholarship Award (about S$17,413), Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO), The Netherlands

  • 2008
    The Outstanding Master Thesis Award, The Taiwanese Sociological Association, Taiwan
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