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Global Biopolitics Research Centre

About the centre

The Global Biopolitics Research Centre is an international, interdisciplinary centre comprised of academics conducting research projects and consultancy work in global biopolitics. We aim to uncover and specify the many far-reaching social and political issues generated by the rapid development of the life sciences and new health technologies in the global bioeconomy. 

Funding agencies for projects include ESRC, Wellcome Trust and private foundations

Our research is theory driven and policy relevant, offering stakeholders from government, industry and civil society academically informed policy insights. We publish widely in both academic and professional journals to reach the full range of potential beneficiaries of our research and to maximise stakeholder impacts.

Recent publications


Visiting fellows

Vincenzo Pavone - Permanent Research Fellow

With a background in political science and a master in politics and government, Vincenzo Pavone is a Doctor in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) with a thesis on the impact of scientific humanism on the creation, developments and programmes of UNESCO.

Pierre Delvenne

Pierre Delvenne holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences of the University of Liège. He is currently Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Lecturer at the University of Liège (Department of Political Science), and Associate Director of SPIRAL Research Centre.

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Edison Bicudo, Sussex University

With Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), Master's Degree in Geography (University of Sao Paulo) and PhD in International Politics (King's College London, UK), Edison has developed studies on the relation between biomedical technologies and the configuration of space and society. His studies have focused on themes such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, neurosciences, and bionformatics.

Yinhua Zhou, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Dr Yinhua Zhou is a research associate professor in the Center for Humanities of Clinical Medicine at the Seventh Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University in China. His research interests include medical sociology, science and technology studies, and development studies.

Joy Zhang, University of Kent

Dr Joy Zhang’s expertise is on the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on the Sino-European context. Her work on the life sciences and climate science contributes to cosmopolitan social theories, by empirically examining how actors in non-Western societies capitalise on the concept of global risk and how this gives rise to new modes of social intervention.


Our partners


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

National Institute for Health Research

European Commission


King's Together Seed Fund

Contact us

If you would like to discuss our work or you are interested in joining our group, please contact us at:

Brian Salter, Director, Global Biopolitics Research Center Professor of Politics, Department of Political Economy.
+44 (0)20 7848 2300

Alternatively, you can contact us by mail at:

Global Biopolitics Research Center
Department of Political Economy
Bush House, North East Wing, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG