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

Recent public lectures

Before you know it, the summer is already half way over! Although it’s another year where international travels are largely restricted, thanks to Zoom, VooV, Cisco and Teams (I’m sure I’m forgetting some other apps!), boisterous conversations are always a click away – minus the local beers and dubious quality conference coffees. I gave a … Continue reading

SGroup discussion

It was a real pleasure to lead the discussion on how to bridge European-Chinese Higher Education cooperation at the SGroup Think Tank Academy Conference last week. The SGroup – Universities in Europe (SGroup) network is a non-profit organization founded in 1989, composed of over 42 higher education institutions from 20 European countries and 4 countries outside Europe. In … Continue reading

Spain-China Foundation Interview

Thanks to Jesús Gámiz, my earlier conversation with Spain China Council Foundation, an organization fostered by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has now been published online. The focus is on the implication of China’s most recent Five Year Plan on transnational Research and Development collaborations:

Infodemic documentary now online!

The INFODEMIC mini documentaries are streaming online! You can find the full list of the 6 episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7fuyfNu8jfN_wrmAf_FW4CQffBIA_cds I watch all 6 episodes in one go. Great conversation and excellent production! – I can already see myself using Episodes 2 and 4 for my PG module next year. You can find episode 1 featuring … Continue reading

Sociology SAGE Prize Announced

It was a great pleasure to be on the judging panel with Dr Ala Sirriyeh at Lancaster and Prof Ian Tucker at University of East London for this year’s SAGE Innovation/Excellence Prize for the journal, Sociology. It was not easy to decide on a winner as all shortlisted papers were exceptional in their own ways – … Continue reading

AstraZeneca, Scientific ‘Cold War’ and Infodemic

I know, the title doesn’t quite make sense. It is a cluster of key words to summarise a few outreach highlights from last month. Thanks to the platform the Aspen Institute provided, I was on the Italian foreign policy radio programme ‘Nessun luogo è lontano’ when the side-effect of AstraZeneca was sensationalised in Europe. This … Continue reading

From the South to Mars!

How does one depart from the Global South and reach Mars in 12 weeks? Well, we had an answer! By ‘we’ I mean me and my 61 inquisitive and amazing students! The second week of April marked the end of my module SO627 Sociology of the Global South. I designed this module as a reaction … 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