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

Director of Studies, Sociology
Director of Admissions (Strategic), SSPSSR, University of Kent
Editorial Boards, Sociology and Environmental Politics
Human Practices Executive Committee, iGEM


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. 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. Growing up in post-reform China, my parents have taken me to more than 20 countries 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 in 2000. I obtained an accounting certificate 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 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.



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。”




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