Ning Wang

Ning Wang, PhD

Academic Associate


Ning is an ethicist and a political scientist based at University of Zurich. She acquired her Master’s degrees in Applied Ethics (MA) and Political Science (MS) from Norway and Sweden respectively, during 2007-2011. From 2010 to 2015, Ning worked as an ethicist for a number of international organizations across public, private and NGO sectors in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, Ning joined the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), carrying out research on the topic of value sensitive innovation. Ning is a native Chinese and speaks English, French and Spanish. 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, robotics, and autonomous systems. Through empirical case studies, Ning aims to address the ethical, social, legal and regulatory challenges new technologies pose to society, explore responsive analytical approaches in the understanding and evaluation of them, and propose practical tools and policy outcomes for the development and governance of them. 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.

Research Projects

Value Sensitive Innovation - Integrating Ethical Values in the Humanitarian Use of Drones

In her PhD project, Ning investigated 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. The project was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and came to an end in August 2021.


Project Video

This video features the Framework for the Ethical Assessment of Humanitarian Drones (FEAHD), developed by the researchers at University of Zurich and McGill University, and in consultation with international humanitarian organisations.

Webinar Series

This webinar series features the key findings of a research project conducted during 2018-2021. In this project, researchers at University of Zurich and McGill University explored how to integrate ethical values in the humanitarian use of drones, in the broader context of value sensitive innovation.The objective of the webinar series is to share insights acquired on this topic, disseminate research outputs to the scientific community and beyond, and facilitate knowledge exchange among stakeholders involved in humanitarian innovation more broadly.