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Dr Henglien Lisa Chen

Post:Lecturer in Social Work (Social Work and Social Care)
Other posts:Associate (Social Work and Social Care)
 Visiting Lecturer (Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 213

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873721
International:+44 1273 873721

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Henglien Lisa Chen joined the University of Sussex in April 2010 as a Lecturer in Social Work with particular interests in social and health care for older people, care workforce and informal carers.

Lisa’s first degree is in Child and Youth Welfare (1992-1996) in Taiwan where she comes from. She has a MA/ Dip in Social Work (1997-1999) from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Social Policy (2001-2008) from Loughborough University, which focused on qualitative research in long-term care systems: a cross-national comparison between the East and the West. She has worked as a researcher in Taiwan (1994-1996; 1995-1996; 1996-1997), specialising in education, ethnic minorities, prostitution and drug addicts. She qualified and practiced for six years as a social worker (2000-2006) and is a registered social worker with HCPC (Registration number: SW 97909). Lisa lectured at the University of Lincoln (2007-2010) before moving to Sussex.

Workshop and Talks

  • Invited lecture ‘Diversity in Dementia’, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK (May 2014)
  • Invited lecture ‘Social exclusion and inclusion’, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (December 2013)
  • Invited lecture ‘Social work: global, local or colonisation?’ at the School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University , UK (March 2013)
  • Invited research seminar ‘ Social Inclusion’ at the School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University , UK (March 2013)
  • Invited lecture ‘Knowledge-based practice’ at the Department of Social Work, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (December 2011)
  • Invited lecture ‘Knowledge-based practice’ at College of Indigenous Studies, Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan (December 2011).
  • Invited lecturer ‘Social work with older people in Britain, the Netherlands and Taiwan’ at the Department of Social Work, Tunghai University, Taiwan (April 2009).
  • Invited lecturer ‘Deprofessionalisation in the long-term care of older people: international comparison of the East and the West’ at the Institute of Health and Welfare Policy, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan (April 2009).
  • Invited Staff Seminar ‘Welfare and the long-term care system: Britain, the Netherlands and Taiwan’ at the Centre of Public Administration and Social Policy, National Chi-Nan University, Taiwan (April 2009).

Professional Conference Presentations

  • Many professional presentations including to: the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the East Asia Social Policy Association, the International Sociology Association, the National Nursing Association, the International Federation of Ageing and the Centre for Research Social Policy. This list excludes the talks associated with conference paper publications.
  • Invited presenter. ‘Horizontal and Vertical partnership working in long-term health and social care system’, Digital at ageing: a new horizon for health care and active ageing, at  the 20th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, Seoul, Korea, 23-27 June 2013.
  • Invited presenter. ‘Successful ageing in long-term care: international comparison and lesson learning’ International Sociology Association, Argentina, 1-4 August 2012.
  • Invited presenter. ‘a comparative framework for successful ageing in long-term care’, World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Stockholm, Sweden, 8-12 July 2012
  • Invited presenter. ‘Cross-national comparative methods in social care research: a qualitative approach to understand long-term care of older people’, 1sr European Conference of Social Work, Oxford, England, 22-23 March 2011.
  • Invited presenter with Bum Jung Kim. ‘Anti-falls designs for older people: A review’, International Federation of Ageing 10th Global Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 3-6 May 2010.
  • Invited symposia speaker. ‘Confucianism in transition? Migration, work and care of older people in East and Southeast Asia’, Symposia programme on ‘Global ageing and the reconciliation of employment and care for older family members: Do different cultural contexts result in varying reconciliation strategies? African, Asian, European and North American responses’, at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, Paris, France, 5-9 July 2009.
  • Invited presenter. ‘Affordability and responsibility: long-term care of older people in England, the Netherlands and Taiwan’, 6th East Asia Social Policy Conference, White Rose East Asian Centre, University of Sheffield, England, 3-4 July 2009.
  • Invited presenter. ’Welfare and long-term care system’, Centre for Research Social Policy, University of Loughborough, Loughborough. UK, 22-23 January 2009.
  • Invited presenter. ‘Market pluralism in the long-term care of older people: England, the Netherlands and Taiwan’, East Asia Social Policy Association: Welfare reform in East Asia, meeting the needs of social change, economic competitiveness and social justice, Taipei, 3-4 November 2008.
  • Invited presenter. ‘Resources, resources and resources: Comparing long-term care provision in Western Europe and East Asia’, in RC11 Programme at the First International Sociology Association (ISA) World Forum of Sociology, Barcelona, Spain, 5-8 September, 2008.
  •   Invited presenter. ‘Nurses’ Role in Successful Ageing - England, the Netherlands and Taiwan’, at the National Nursing Association Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, 12-15 October 2006.
  •   Invited presenter. ‘Clients’ choice, autonomy and empowerment - global and local context’, at Older People’s Community Care Services, Warwickshire County Council, UK, 13 June 2006.
  • Invited presenter. ‘Consumer choice and decision-making on long-term care in England, the Netherlands and Taiwan’, at International Federation of Ageing 8th Global Conference - Global Ageing: the North-South Challenge, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 30 - Jun 2, 2006. 



  • Course lead for BA in Wellbeing and Social Care 
  • Department representative at  JUCSWEC International Committee
  • Advisory group member, Environment and Health Research Theme Advisory Group, University of Sussex
  • Panel member at Junior Research Associate Bursaries Panel, University of Sussex