Dr. Joy Yueyue Zhang  张悦悦,  MBBS, MSc, PhD

Reader/Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Kent
Visiting Fellow, Global Biopolitics Research Centre, Kings College London
Editorial Boards, Sociology and Environmental Politics
Human Practices Executive Committee, iGEM
External Examiner, Sociology, University of Sheffield

Twitter: @DrJoyZhang


I’m a Chinese-born British sociologist with a first degree in medicine. My expertise is on the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on the Sino-European context. Conceptually, my work contributes to the sociological investigations on Cosmopolitanism and subaltern politics, for my research focuses on the breaking down of epistemic boundaries formed by disciplinary, geo-political and state-society power struggles.

Before joining SSPSSR, I worked at l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I also obtained my PhD in Sociology in 2010 and MSc in 2006. Previous to that, I was graduated from Peking University Health Science Centre, majoring in clinical medicine.

I’ve always tried to have a flavour of different lives when I can. Before coming to the UK, I travelled to more than 20 countries with my parents and we lived in California for two years in the early 1990s. These are immensely valuable experiences. I once worked as a journalist and a columnist. I was China’s first student journalist to report on the Olympic Games (Sydney 2000). I obtained Accounting qualification issued by China’s Ministry of Finance while carrying on with my medical training. But most importantly, I’m keen on exploring artistic tools in exploring sociological questions. To date, I have had three solo photographic exhibitions (two of which were sponsored by Canon (China). I love being a sociologist, but if you ask me what my ‘dream job’ is, it’s being an art restorer.

I’ve obtained individual research grants from the British Council, ESRC, the Wellcome Trust in the UK and la Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme in France. I have also been interviewed by two dozen media in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, China and Denmark.

Since October 2019, I’ve been collaborating with Kathleen Vogel and Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley on the project, Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Germline Genome Editing, funded by the National Science Foundation in the US.



其学术成果在自然科学和社会科学顶级国际期刊均有发表,如Nature, EMBO Report, Sociology, Public Understanding of Science等。其第一部学术专著《The Cosmopolitanization of Science》(世界化科研)被著名社会学家乌尔里希·贝克(Ulrich Beck)誉为世界主义社会学理论研究的破冰之作。2013年4月,欧洲第一届科技评估会议对此书进行了专场讨论,张悦悦受捷克国家科学院之邀出席了讨论。其第二部学术专著《Green Politics in China》(中国绿色政治,与M Barr合著)为哈佛大学国际关系学教授托尼·萨志 (Tony Saich)推崇为“任何关注地球未来与中国正在变化的政府与社会关系的人都应该阅读的一本书。” 

2014年,张悦悦获得英国国家经济和社会研究委员会的“未来科研领袖”奖金,进一步推动中国和欧洲关于生命科学合作与公众互动方面的研究。2019年获得美国自然科学基金(NSF)的经费,和美国学者Kathleen Vogel and Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley一起研究(中英美)关于人类基因编辑的伦理治理问题。


  • Society for Social Studies of Science
  • British Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Association of the Advancement of Science
  • UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab


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