Social networks and subjective wellbeing in Australia, China and the United Kingdom

ARC Discovery Project

Professor Mark Western (University of Queensland), Dr Xianbi Huang (Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University), Professor Yanjie Bian (Xi'an Jiaotong University; University of Minnesota), Professor Yaojun Li (University of Manchester)

Social science and social policy increasingly recognise that people's family, friendship and other networks matter for their health and well-being. But it remains unclear why networks are important and what kinds of positive and negative effects they might have. Research has also been confined to developed countries.

We develop a new theory of network effects on wellbeing and examine it in Australia, China and UK. We will contribute to the social scientific understanding of networks and their effects in developed and developing societies and will also inform policy and program design and delivery in areas relating to individual and community well-being.

This project was funded by the Australian Research Council, 2013-2015 (DP130100690).


Xianbi Huang, Mark Western, Yanjie Bian, Yaojun Li, Rochelle Côté, Yangtao Huang (2018 online first) "Social Networks and Subjective Wellbeing in Australia: New Evidence from a National Survey" Sociology.


For further information about this project, please contact:

Dr Xianbi Huang
Department of Social Inquiry
La Trobe University
T: +61 3 9479 2286