Governing Scientific Accountability in China

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Dr Joy Yueyue Zhang

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR); University of Kent

Dr. Joy Zhang’s expertise is on the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on the Sino-European context. Her work on the life sciences and climate science contributes to cosmopolitan social theories by empirically examining how actors in non-Western societies capitalize on the concept of global risk and how this gives rise to new modes of social intervention.

Before joining Kent, she worked at l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she also obtained her PhD in Sociology in 2010 and MSc in 2006. Previous to that, she was graduated from Peking University Health Science Centre, majoring in clinical medicine.

She is an Affiliated Researcher of le Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), France. She also holds a research position at the Research Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Peking University Health Science Centre from 2011 to 2015.

She is the author of two academic monographs (in English) and one biographic novel (in Chinese): The Cosmopolitanization of Science: Stem Cell Governance in China (Palgrave, 2012), Green Politics in China: Environmental Governance and State-Society Relations (Pluto, 2013) and A 12-Year-Old’s Studying Experience in the US (China’s Children and Juvenile Publishing House, 1999). She currently writes a biweekly column on higher education in Chinese for the People’s Daily (Overseas Edition). To date, she has had three solo photographic exhibitions exploring bioethical and sociological questions. Find more information on her website:

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Last Updated: 06/02/2015

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