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Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent

Joy Y. Zhang is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at SSPSSR, University of Kent. Originally trained as a medical doctor, her research investigates the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on the Sino-European context. She is particularly interested in how actors in non-Western societies capitalise on the concept of global risk and how this gives rise to new modes of social intervention. Her work has fed into the policy making of the Royal Society in London and China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, and Ministry of Science and Technology. She is the author of two academic monographs: The Cosmopolitanization of Science: Stem Cell Governance in China (2012) and Green Politics in China: Environmental Governance and State-Society Relations (2013).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent


  • 2010 
    London School of Economics, Sociology