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 social psychology of their coping mechanisms. More broadly, she’s interested in the anthropology of responsibility, rights, justice, and the politics of ‘victimhood’ in contemporary China.

Healing Nature: Green Living and the Politics of Hope in Hong Kong  (2011-ongoing)

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

Based on my doctoral research at Oxford, my first book project 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)

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.                                                                                 — Audre Lorde  

Since 2010 I have been investigating various ‘gynotechnics’ (Bray 1997), citizen science, 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.