We are living in a global risk society, which has complicated the legitimising devices for scientific policies and has rendered social space for subaltern actors to develop new modes of intervention. I’ve established my expertise in the transnational governance of emerging science in the nexus of these themes.

Originally trained as a surgeon, my work on the life sciences and environmental sciences emphasizes aligning theoretical frameworks with real-world challenges. My work has fed into the policy-making of the Royal Society in the UK, China’s Ministry of Health, and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Apart from contributing to a number of European Commission Framework Programme projects, I’ve obtained individual research grants from the British Council, ESRC, the Wellcome Trust in the UK, la Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme in France and the National Science Foundation in the US.

My research interests are focused on

  • Transnational governance of scientific uncertainties
  • Chinese-European scientific cooperation
  • Cosmopolitanism and Cosmopolianization
  • State-society relations
  • Art-Science interface


I welcome students with interests in the social study of emerging technologies, health, bioethics, scientific governance, climate change or East Asian societies. I currently supervise five PhD students:

  • Ada Cheung – Changing intergenerational support for older people in urban China
  • Tom Douglass – An exploration of pharmaceuticalisation in NICE Clinical Guideline 181
  • Daisy Alero Emoekabu – Environmental policy making and implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Nigerian experience
  • Trent Grassian – Reducing Social Harms Through the Regulation of Animal Agriculture in the EU
  • Mengwei Tu – Chinese middle class migrants in the UK

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