PhD candidate Ning Wang was invited to hold a seminar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law (CBEL), in the University of Tokyo, Japan. During the seminar, Ning and researches at UT-CBEL had a fruitful scholarly discussion on the notion "Value Sensitive Humanitarian Innovation”, with a focus on a recent field study in rural Nepal on using drones as a mapping tool for post-disaster reconstruction purposes after the 2015 earthquake.
Established in 2008, UT-CBEL aims to make contribution to the international development of research and education in biomedical ethics as one of the world’s leading centers in the the field. To this end, the centre has formed Global Alliance of Biomedical Ethics Centers (GABEX), an international network of world-class research institutions in biomedical ethics.
In collaboration with a number of international humanitarian organizations, Ning’s PhD project comprises three case studies of different applications of drones in the humanitarian and public health contexts, of which mapping is the first use case.