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

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Kent
Editorial Board, Sociology
Human Practices Executive Committee, iGEM

(中文简介见下)

My expertise is on the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on the Sino-European context. My work on the life sciences and climate science contributes to cosmopolitan social theories by empirically examining how actors in non-Western societies capitalize on the concept of global risk and how this gives rise to new modes of social intervention.

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’m an Affiliated Researcher of le Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), France. I also hold a research position at the Research Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Peking University Health Science Centre from 2011 to 2015.

I’ve always tried to have a flavour of different lives when I can. I once worked as a journalist, a columnist and I’ve obtained an accounting certificate issued by China’s Ministry of Finance. But most importantly, I’m keen on exploring artistic tools in exploring bioethical and 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, China and Denmark.

From January 2015 to March 2018, I led the ESRC Future Research Leaders project on ‘Governing Accountability in China’s Life Sciences: A Comparative Study of Stem Cell and GM Food Governance’. Please visit the project website www.kent.ac.uk/gsa for details.


张悦悦,社会学副教授,2005年自动放弃临床医学系硕士阶段学习,并放弃剑桥大学的硕士录取,赴伦敦政治经济学院攻读社会学。其学术专长为1)风险社会,2)新兴科技风险国际协作治理,3)世界主义社会学理论。其研究曾为中国卫生部,中国科技部以及英国皇家学会科技政策的拟订所采纳。

29岁时受英国皇家学会和英国皇家工程学会邀请,在英国皇家工程学会就合成生物学治理策略进行发言。30岁在英国社会科学领域科研综合实力排名第一(2014REF)的肯特大学社会政策、社会学与社会研究学院获得终身教职。历任学院首席考官、风险与不确定性研究组主任。

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Technology Assessment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,继续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。

她受法国著名社会学家、法国人文科学之家基金会会长米歇尔-维沃尔卡之邀,担任人文科学之家基金会长期兼职研究员。

张悦悦曾经为记者、专栏作家,因为好奇考取过中国会计从业资格,举办过三次摄影个展,出版过两本非学术中文书籍(1999年由中国少年儿童出版社出版的《十二岁我到美国读中学》;以及2017年由三联出版社出版的《小世界:在欧洲做学术的注脚)),其学术和个人经历目前为20多家中外媒体采访和报道过。

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