Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner is Professor of Social and Medical Anthropology. Her work focuses on processes of nation-state building in China and Japan and on biotechnology and society in Asia. She currently leads the Centre for Bionetworking and two projects on ‘Bionetworking in Asia’ focusing on bionetworking in advanced stem cell therapies (funded by the ESRC, 2011-2014) and biobanking in the life sciences and hospitals (financed by the ERC, 2012-2017).  See:

Margaret has set up and directed the Socio-genetic Marginalization in Asia Programme (SMAP) in co-operation with NWO, the IIAS and the ASSR (2004-2009) and co-led various projects on International Science and Bioethical Collaboration (ISBC), a joint research project with the anthropology departments of Cambridge and Durham Universities. She publishes widely on the socio-science aspects of new genetic, regenerative medicine and medical technologies, on issues of ethnic and national identity in Asia, and on the history of academia and science in China in international journals. 


Graduated Doctoral Students: 

Suli Sui - Predictive genetic testing in China (University of Amsterdam)

Current Doctoral Students

Jan-Eerik Leppaenen (ASSR, UvA) -- Ethnicity and biobanking in China

Ole Kaland – Internal migration and education in China

Kwangwoo Park – Transnational migration in South Korea

Samara Khan - Food security in the UK

Pin-Hsien Wu - Environmental movements in China and India - mining

Leo Kim (UoS) - Governance of stem cell researech in South Korea and the UK

James McMurray (UoS) - Language policy and identity among the Uyghur in the PRC

Yeyang Su (UoS) - Public engagement and the life sciences in China

Liu Tao (UoS) - NGOs in China