Postdoctoral Research

Perceptions of environmental pollution in urban China (2017-ongoing)

Shan Shui style art by  landscape artist Yong Liang Yang.

Part of the Toxic Expertise project, this research focuses on the petrochemical industry as a controversial source of pollution in a number of Chinese cities. I am particularly interested in the ways Chinese people make sense of environmental pollution; the psychology of their coping mechanisms; and the Chinese understandings of responsibility, rights, and justice in face of (environmental) adversity in contemporary China.

Doctoral Research (2011-ongoing)

Healing Nature: Green Living and the Politics of Hope in Hong Kong

What makes people ‘go green’? Why are some people more committed to environmentally friendly practices than others? What does Hong Kong’s green living movement tell us about Hong Kong’s social and political environment?

produce green

My doctoral research is an ethnographic study of a new way of living called ‘green living’ in Hong Kong. I am interested in the implications of ‘green living’ for self-nature relationship, social dynamics, ethics, political mobilizations, and the ways these domains are being shaped by Hong Kong’s social and political climate since its handover from British to Chinese sovereignty. You can read more about my research on green living in this interview.

club oReconnecting with nature (photo courtesy of Club O).

Gynotechnics, citizen science, and the politics of care (2010-ongoing)

Since 2010 I have been investigating various ‘gynotechnics’ (Bray 1997) and women’s wellbeing movements in the U.S., U.K., and Greater China. I am particularly interested in the biological citizenship and the citizen science of menstruation, contraception, fertility awareness, ante/post-natal care, and hysterectomy. These women’s movements are part of the ongoing radical self-care movement that not only have significant implications for women’s wellbeing, they also conjure up new debates regarding the politics of care and the so-called neoliberal feminism.

My research on pregnant Chinese women’s experiences of antenatal screening and diagnostic testing in Scotland has contributed to the production of an earlier version of this NHS health booklet.