Public Lecture- Max Planck Institute

I’m thrilled to be invited by Dr Anna Ahlers and the Lise Meitner Research Group to speak at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science’s Trusting Science colloquium on 31 May. I was tasked to address the provocative question -‘Can We Trust Science from China?’ To be honest, when I first received the … Continue reading

The Ethics of Protecting ‘CRISPR Babies’

You may recall that I’ve established a new research centre at Kent earlier this year. Although the official launch is/was scheduled for September 2022, I’m so pleased to say that journey of making a difference in the world was kicked off by a fantastic international roundtable this March. On 18 March, I convened an international … Continue reading

New Book -Out 15 March!

This book discusses how the global governance of science can be improved in the face of emerging powers. The rise of India’s and China’s life sciences are used as examples. We use the terms ‘elephant’ and ‘dragon’ metaphorically. That is, China and India are both seen as emerging ‘dragons’ and as ‘elephants’. Both countries have … Continue reading

New Book, New Project, New Centre

It’s been a few busy months but I’m delighted to say that it has also been quite productive. New Book: my next book, Democratic Participation and the Cosmopolitics of Science, is now under contract with Springer. It will be part of their ‘Emerging Globalities and Civilizational Perspectives’ series. I’m quite excited about this writing project, … Continue reading

Decolonizing Risk Sociology

What a better way to kick off the reading week (half term break in UK universities) in a teaching-heavy term than being part of a discussion on decolonisation with leading risk theorists across different time zones? I enjoyed every bit of it which makes me miss in-person meetings. If this were in-person, some the discussions … Continue reading

BioGovernance Commons Launched!

Over the summer, I’ve founded a BioGovernance Commons, a transnational online policy forum with my two long-term collaborators: Kathleen Vogel at Arizona State University and Ruipeng Lei at Haungzhong University of Science and Technology This is our response to the negative impacts political tensions have on transnational research collaborations. The aim is to enable continuous … Continue reading

Media and New Editing Roles

Summer is not just for conferences but also for new collaborations and new beginnings. I was really glad to receive the invitation to join the editorial board of Economy and Society. I was also delighted to join the book project, Routledge Handbook of Global Political Participation. I’ll lead the sections relating to science and technology … Continue reading

Runner-Up Research and Innovation Prize 2021

Glad to be the runner-up for University of Kent’s Consolidator Research Prize this year. The other runner-up was Dr Marina Ezcurra at the School of Biosciences, who explores microbiota as an avenue for novel treatments to cognitive problems during ageing. This year’s winner was Dr Jennifer Hiscock at the School of Physical Sciences, whose research … Continue reading

Globalisation, Cosmopolitanization, and a New Research Agenda

I’m very pleased to receive this collected volume edited by Ino Rossi. I can only imagine the amount of editing work that was put into this volume. For myself, I actually drafted two very different pieces for this book. The original piece was more empirical and regional focused, but later Into and I both decided … Continue reading

New piece in Nature

I think everyone is getting tired of the politicisation of COVID and the blame games – both Chinese and Western politicians bear responsibilities. Yet the victims of China-bashing are not limited to China and its citizens. It has serious implications for global science. Here is my short piece on how Western media may unwittingly help … Continue reading