Personlig profil


Wenqian Xu is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Active and Healthy Ageing Research Group at Lund University. Xu holds a PhD in Ageing and Social Change from Linköping University (2021) funded by the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Currently, he is conducting a three-year research project on Ageing without Children, which has received funding from the Swedish Research Council.

Xu’s research interests encompass various aspects of healthy ageing, including ageing policy, age-friendly environments, ageism, digital equity, and integrated care. His work mainly revolves around the active and healthy ageing paradigms, with a policy-oriented approach aimed at driving community impact.

  • Ageing policies: Xu led a collaborative project "Toward Healthy Ageing in Palau," documented in The Gerontologist (DOI: This research provides insights into fostering healthy ageing, emphasizing the importance of environmental and cultural perspectives in creating an age-friendly Palauan society—a model for other Pacific Island nations. Additionally, Xu drafted the National Policy on Care for the Aging, signed by the President on April 27, 2023.
  • Ageism: Xu’s doctoral dissertation, available at, undertook an examination of ageism within social media. This work aimed to advance our understanding of social media representations of older individuals and contribute to the academic discourse on ageism from institutional, international, and intersectionality perspectives.
  • Age-friendly environments: Xu has engaged in generating evidence, fostering multi-sectoral collaboration, and securing funding for pertinent studies. Published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy (DOI:, this work presents a critical policy review that goes beyond conventional approaches, addressing the age-friendliness of a smart society.
  • Digital equity: Xu is investigating technological innovations for promoting healthy ageing through sociocultural, material, and technological lenses. His current research explores the lived experiences of digital gaming in later life, tests the feasibility of a virtual healthy ageing coach, and scrutinizes age biases in generative artificial intelligence.


Xu served as a full-time consultant for healthy aging at the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific for two years. In this capacity, he offered technical expertise for several United Nations reports on active and healthy aging. Leading collaborative initiatives with scholars and technical experts, Xu played a key role in delivering the following technical products.


Xu worked as a part-time/guest lecturer at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and Linköping University. His commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy is evident in the study assessing the experiences of doctoral students and teachers in a Sino-Nordic Summer School on Ageing. The results, documented in Educational Gerontology (DOI:, provide valuable insights that can shape pedagogical approaches for international summer schools on ageing.


Xu has experience in organizing multisectoral and multistakeholder meetings, such as an international workshop on fostering age-friendly environments Bridging Science, Policy and Implementation (2024).

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