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 organisations 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 2016, Ning left the career path she had followed and returned to academia to pursue a PhD project at the Program of Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Zurich (UZH).
Ning has a 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), robotics and autonomous systems. In her PhD project, she 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).
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 the study of science, technology and society (STS).