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2012-2014 Steering Committee


Dr Emma Kowal, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne 

Senior Research Fellow in anthropology within the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. After graduating from a combined Medicine and Arts (Honours) degree in 2000, Emma moved from Melbourne to the Northern Territory of Australia. Her work in Aboriginal health as a doctor, public health researcher and anthropologist led to my PhD project: ethnography of a medical research institute in Darwin (capital of the Northern Territory). Since 2007 I have been researching the use of genetics in Indigenous Australian communities. My current research, supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) is an anthropological and historical study of blood samples taken from Indigenous communities for twentieth century human biological research and preserved in Australian institutions, some of which now seek to use them for genetic research.


Jerome Whitington, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Jerome Whitington is an environmental and political anthropologist at the National University of Singapore. He has a joint appointment as a Fellow of Tembusu College and a Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Research Fellow in the Science and Technology Studies cluster of the Asia Research Institute. His primary book project Accounting for Atmosphere: Climate Change as a Human Problem, studies emerging regimes to manage the chemical composition of the atmosphere. In particular, it investigates practices of quantification, conventions and technology, such as in carbon accounting, emissions management, carbon markets and other forms of interactive practices with the atmosphere. He formerly held positions at Dartmouth College and the New School University in the United States and lived for six years in Thailand and Laos. His previous project deals with sustainable hydropower in Southeast Asia, specifically industry management attempts to incorporate new environmental objectives, and the fuzzy boundaries between nature and media in risk management practices. In 2008, he edited a special issue of Parallax entitled“Science and the Political”, including his article “Intervention, Management, Technological Error”

Steering Committee regional representatives


Lecturer in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is currently investigating the manner in which the media report science with a particular emphasis on the way in which public relations is involved in the process. He is also involved in a project examining where and how people access science information and is particularly interested in how much the Internet is being used and how. Doug is very keen to see STS studies expanded in New Zealand and also wants to work to increase the profile and membership of APSTSN in New Zealand.

Associate Professor Wei Hong: CHINA

 Associate Professor of the Institute of Science, Technology and Society, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University. She received her B.S. in Physics in 1996 from Nanjing University, M.A. in Sociology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and PhD in Sociology from University of Illinois at Chicago in August 2007. She is currently conducting a NSFC funded research concerning the geographic constraint on technology transfer from university to industry. She has also been involved in two national surveys on Chinese scientists. Her papers appear in Social Studies of Science, Research Policy, Nature, etc. She teaches Sociology of Science, Social Studies of Science and Technology, and Introduction to Science, Technology and Society.

Stephen Healy: AUSTRALIA

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of New South Wales, and also involved in the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets. He has worked for Greenpeace International, the NSW EPA and Middlesex University (UK) where he led the STS Program. His research interests include technoscientific decision-making; energy policy and politics; risk/uncertainty; public participation; post-humanist approaches to science studies, and consumption.

Masato Fukushima: JAPAN

Professor of Social Anthropology and STS at the University of Tokyo. His research includes comparative religion; theory of body, learning and cognition; and social studies of science and technology. He was in Java, Indonesia. 1983-85 studying Javanese religion and society, and in Thailand in 1988 researching new Buddhist movements. He was a visiting scholar to London School of Economics 1990-92, where he developed his interest in cognitive science. In the 1990’s, his research extended to the study of cognition and learning in situ in modern institutions with complex technological practices, including psychiatric institutions and emergency medical centres. During this period, he  chaired the Committee of Nuclear Safety Culture in the Government Office. He was a visiting scholar to Centre de la sociologie de l’innovation, École des Mines de Paris in 2003. Since 2007, he has conducted field research on a laboratory of chemical biology in RIKEN, the largest national research complex of basic science in Japan. His recent interests are in the analysis of the development of chemical and nano-biology, the international politics of research on proteins, the political and scientific process of the formation of infrastructure for drug discovery, and the meaning of contemporary architecture in the context of technology and culture. He is the author of Constructing Body Socially(1995), Anatomy of Tacit Knowledge (2001), Religion and Society of Java (2002), Anthropology in the Time of Science and Technology (2005) and most recently, Ecology of Learning: Experiment, Risk, High Reliability (2010).

Wen-Ling Hong: Taiwan

Dr Wen-ling Hong is Director of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Research Center, College of Engineering, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan. She is also Ass. Professor in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. She has been involved with STS since 2007 in co-leading an inter-disciplinary STS teaching project in the College of Engineering and Hydrosphere, sponsored by Taiwan’s Advisory Office of the Ministry of Education. Dr. Hong is a council member of the Taiwan STS Association, and leads a sub-project in an integrated STS research about environment impact assessment (ETA) policy in Taiwan. Her current research interest includes gender and technology (especially, women in engineering), public participation on pollution and remediation issues in local communities, engineering education reform, and science and technology communication. In addition to an emphasis on STS in science and medicine, in recent years Taiwan’s STS community has become more involved with environmental issues and public participation, both in academic research and societal participation. There is also keen interest in exploring aboriginal issues related to environment and policy.