Ning Wang

Ning Wang

Academic Associate


Ning is an ethicist and 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. 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 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. This project was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).