Ning Wang

Ning Wang

PhD Student

Ning joined the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) in February 2017. She acquired her Master’s degrees in Applied Ethics (MA, Erasmus Mundus scholar), and Political Science (MS), from Norway and Sweden respectively, during 2007-2011. From 2010 to 2013, Ning worked as an ethicist for a number of international organizations on policy development, in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2013 to 2016, Ning worked for a Swiss-based multinational company as the Business Ethics Manager, and subsequently a humanitarian NGO as the Ethics Policy Advisor, in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, Ning returned to academia to pursue a PhD project at the Program of Biomedical Ethics and Law, University of Zurich. Ning is a native Chinese, and speaks English, French and Spanish, in addition to her mother tongue. In her spare time, Ning is passionate about Argentine tango, photography and traveling.

Research Interests

Ning has a broad research interest in the ethical assessment and responsible governance of new and emerging technologies applied in the broader context of public health, such as artificial intelligence (AI), artificial reproductive technology (ART), robotics and autonomous systems. On the normative level, Ning is interested in exploring such philosophical conceptions as human nature, identity, agency, autonomy, social responsibility, distributive justice, and the good life, among others. Methodologically, she seeks to draw an empirical perspective into the field of bioethics, and a normative perspective into science and technology studies (STS).

Ongoing Projects


Value Sensitive Humanitarian Innovation (VSHI)

In her PhD project, Ning investigates how to integrate ethical values in the humanitarian use of drones, in collaboration with international organizations and academic institutions across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Through empirical case studies, Ning intends to address the ethical, legal and regulatory challenges new technologies pose to society, propose appropriate and sensible analytical approaches in the understanding and evaluation of them, and outline feasible and pragmatic policy recommendations for the responsible development and deployment of them.Her project is funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Link



  • N. Wang, “We Live on Hope…”: Ethical Considerations of Humanitarian Use of Drones in Post-Disaster Nepal,” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 76-85, IEEE, 2020, DOI
  • N. Wang, “A Successful Story that Can Be Sold”? A Case Study of Humanitarian Use of Drones, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), IEEE, 2019, DOI