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

Oct 2019 – NSF success!

I’m delighted to say that the project, Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Germline Genome Editing, that I’ve been developing with Kathleen Vogel (PI, University of Maryland) and Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley (George Mason University) has been funded by the National Science Foundation in the US. In the next 36 months, we will collaboratively (1) examine how U.S. and Chinese scientists … Continue reading

Policy Impact in China

I’m really delighted to share the news that on 3 January 2019, Ministry of Science and Technology in China has officially accepted a set of policy recommendations on increasing transparency and public accountability of Chinese science and have circulated these recommendations in their Neican. ‘Neican’ refers to valued policy submissions which are put forward to ministers and other … Continue reading

Fellowship, Ministry Lecture, iGEM

Phew What an October! Three updates: Visiting Fellowship at Beijing University of Technology My October started in Beijing, where I was awarded a competitive ‘Foreign Expert Visiting Fellowship’  by Beijing University of Technology. This fellowship provided financial and administrative support for me to establish exchange with staff and students on the topic of ‘What’s the … Continue reading