Dr Cathy Honge Gong

PhD Economics; M.S Public Policy; B.S Economics
Research Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)


Dr Cathy Honge Gong is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW) at ANU since 2013. 

She has a PhD in Applied Economics from ANU and has been previously working as a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at ANU, and at NATSEM, University of Canberra, as well as an Assistant Director at DEEWR, and a Statistician/Assistant Director at National Bureau of Statistics of China. 

She has contributed primarily to the ARC CEPAR and Discovery research projects in Healthy and Productive Ageing in both Australia and China. Her research has strong policy impacts on promoting health, productivity and wellbeing. 

She has published in the top journals in multi-disciplinary research areas of social sciences, population health, gerontology, labor economics and demography, such as Social Science and Medicine (SSM) Population Health, BMC Health Services Research, Journal of Ageing and Health, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Population, Space and Place etc. She has also been invited to review articles for 16 top journals, including Social Sciences and Medicines; BMJ Open.   

Her research interests include life course impacts on late life health and wellbeing, social determinants of healthy and productive ageing, intergenerational support relationships, health services use, comparative study on ageing in Asian-Pacific region, age friendly cities and communities, income and health inequalities; transitions of health, employment and wellbeing, labor market participation and retirement choices at later life.

She was a CIC of ARC Linkage grant in 2011: “Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond” and a named collaborator (AI) of ARC Discovery grant in 2015 "Ageing in China and Australia: promoting health, productivity and wellbeing".

She is also a Partner Investigator (PI) in 2017 for a China Social Science Research Funding project on "Health care utilization among older Chinese with chronic diseases and its impact on health care system reform"; and a China Natural Science Research Funding project on " Policy Implications on Chinese Economic, Environment and Energy using Simulation Modelling".



Research interests

  • Healthy and productive aging
  • Spatial disparity and age friendly communities for older people
  • Inequality and mobility in health, employment and economic well-being
  • Labor market and retirement choices
  • Microeconometrics for cross sectional and longitudinal analysis
  • Indexation, microsimulation and applied statistics