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Mr. Kai Wang

Egenis Research Student


PhD Student


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Soon after gaining my BA in English Education from Anhui Normal University (AHNU) of China in 2004, I decided not to delay undertaking my plan to study history & philosophy of science, and my prior academic competence won me quick acceptance into the Department of Philosophy of Science at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), where I received my Master of Arts in 2007. I joined Egenis (ESRC Centre for Genomic in Society) at the University of Exeter with an Exeter Research Scholarship in 2008; I am currently working on my doctoral project investigating interdisciplinarity in the R&D sector of China’s biotechnology industry under the supervision of Prof. John Dupre and Prof. S. Barry Barnes.


Book Wang, K., and Liu, Z, Selected Classics of Science Masters: Richard Feynman (in Chinese), Shanghai, China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, in press.Chapter in Book Wang, K., Hong, J., ‘Case studies on interdisciplinary scientific research organizations in overseas universities’ (in Chinese), in Liu, Z. (ed), China Interdisciplinary Science (Vol. 2), Beijing, China: Science Press, 2008, pp. 82-88.Articles Wang, K., Hong, J., Marinova, D., Zhu, L., ‘Evolution and governance of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry of China’, Math. Comput. Simul. (2008), doi: 10.1016/ j.matcom. 2008. 09. 001.Zhang, J., Hong, J., Wang, K., ‘Study on the scale of industrial innovation’ (in Chinese), East China Economics Management, 22 (2), 2008, pp. 67-70.Hong, J., Wang, K., ‘Study of technological dynamics in the development of military technology’ (in Chinese), Science and Technology Progress and Policy, 24 (5), 2007, pp. 53-55.Wang, K., Liu, Z., ‘On radar research: Typical interdisciplinary research’ (in Chinese), Studies in Dialectics of Nature, 22 (8), 2006, pp. 39-42.Hong, J., Wang, K., ‘On Peter Galison’s “Trading Zone” theory’ (in Chinese), Science Technology and Dialectics, 23 (3), 2006, pp. 67-70.Ma, Y., Tian, X., Wang, K., ‘Reciprocal Development of Public and Artistic Nature’ (in Chinese), Architecture and Culture, 27 (5), 2006, pp. 62-66. Report Wang, K., Hong, J., ‘Analysis of the Interdisciplinary and Innovative Activities in Overseas Universities’ (in Chinese), in Liu, N. and Zhao, W. (eds), Building Innovation Capacity in Chinese Universities for Achieving the Goal of an Innovative Country, Beijing, China: China Renmin University Press. 2006, pp. 213-217.Conference Publications Wang, X., Tang, S., Wang, K., ‘Research in knowledge management literature: Current practices, trends, and implications for future research’, in Wu, D. (ed), Journal Publication Meeting: Proceedings of International Conference on Risk Management & Engineering Management, Toronto, Canada, 2008, pp. 195-200.Wang, K., Hong, J., Marinova, D., Zhu, L., ‘Analysis of the Evolution and Governance of the Biotechnology Industry in China’, Theses of International Congress on Modeling and Simulation (session 41 – Science and Technology Policy – Models and Indicators), Christchurch, New Zealand, 2007.Ma, Y., Wang, K., ‘Balanced development of publicity and artist feature of public art’ (in Chinese), in Huang, Y. (ed), Public Arts for Beijing Olympics Theses, Beijing, China: China City Press, 2006.Conference Presentations “Interdisciplinary Research (IDR): A Case Study of China’s Bio-pharmaceutical Industrial Research and Development (R&D)” (in Chinese) – China 3rd Symposium on Science and Technology Study (S&TS), Huangshan, China (31 July – 3 August, 2008) “Methodological Analysis of Interdisciplinary Research” –The 13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Beijing, China (9-15 August, 2007).

Research Interests

My research has been focused on general issues of scientific practice and particularly on the historical and social setting of scientific research. My M.A. degree is in philosophy of science, but my interest has been to gain perspectives also from historical and social settings. I have been, and continue to be, especially interested in Research and Development (R&D) Management.To uncover, identify and analyze common underlying patterns in R&D strategies, I propose to study several examples of work carried out by interdisciplinary R&D groups within China’s biotechnology industry and allied research in Chinese university laboratories. My primary aim is to examine how Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) pattern develops in the form of evolving networks within a social context and to identify what distinctive strategies are used in such groups for solving research problems. Comparative studies of biotechnological research in the UK with that in China will also be needed to reach guiding insights that might serve to improve research governance both at the policy level and in management practices.