New Project: Diffractive Knowledge Production

On my last day as the Director of Studies for Sociology, I was thrilled to learn to that my BA/Leverhulme Small Grant has been successful. It’s only a one-year project but the perfect time and perfect way to kick start a bigger intellectual journey. The project, ‘Diffractive Knowledge Production in North-South Innovation Strategies: A Study … Continue reading

Book Reviewed in the Journal of Development Studies

It’s really wonderful to see my new book with Saheli reviewed in the Journal of Development Studies. Thanks to Professor Larry Au at the Department of Sociology, the City College of New York, for this excellent review! I love how this review concluded: ‘Perhaps, in the future, we can come to speak of a global … Continue reading

Science Diplomacy Review Special Issue

I am to organise a panel discussion at the EASST annual conference in Madrid this July, with the aim to expand our understanding of the ‘Track II’ diplomacy by incorporating new initiatives from the Global South. But then I thought, actually one of the best ways to ‘de-colonise’ our epistemology is to directly participate in … Continue reading

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!

China is the world’s second largest investor in science and a leading research powerhouse. Over the past two decades, the vast government investment in science has propelled China from the ninth-largest biomedical sector in 2006  to the fourth place in 2015, and in 2021 China reached  the second place (after the U.S.)  in biological science. … 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