The Cosmopolitanization of Science: How the Global South Shapes Emerging Science | Dr Joy Zhang

Good governance of science is at the heart of developing national competitiveness for many countries. It is commonly perceived that the ‘globalization of science’ may result in a ‘Westernization of science’. Yet the embedded ambiguity of new scientific advancements and the changing nature of transnational collaborations have enabled a shift in power dynamics in world science.

Drawing on her 2012 book ‘The Cosmopolitanization of Science’, Dr Joy Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent, uses China’s experience in stem cell research as an example to demonstrate how actors from the Global South can assume a more contributory role in steering global scientific norms.

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Dr Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. Her 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 SSPSSR, Dr Zhang 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 obtained her PhD in Sociology in 2010 and MSc in 2006. Previous to that, Dr Zhang graduated from Peking University Health Science Centre, majoring in clinical medicine.
An Affiliated Researcher of le Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), France, Dr Zhang also held a research position at the Research Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Peking University Health Science Centre from 2011 to 2015. From January 2015 to January 2018, she will be leading the ESRC Future Research Leaders project on ‘Governing Accountability in China’s Life Sciences: A Comparative Study of Stem Cell and GM Food Governance’.

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