Dr Kin Wing (Ray) Chan
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Kin Wing (Ray) Chan is a human geographer who is interested in the areas of agri-food governance, animal health and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the United Kingdom and China. He is currently working on a four years research project: Diagnostic Innovation and Livestock (DIAL) with Henry Buller and Steve Hinchliffe that examines how diagnostic innovations reduce the utilisation of antibiotics in livestock farming in the United Kingdom.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Human Geography from Cardiff University in 2015, Ray worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University in the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 project with Gareth Enticott on vaccination practices in Europe and China. His previous and current research on animal health management demonstrates his passion and commitment to equipping farmers and veterinary practices with the knowledge of more benign diagnostic practices to support the smarter use of antibiotics in the United Kingdom.
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Cardiff University (2016)
Ph.D Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK (2015)
MA Human Geography, University of Calgary, Canada (2011)
BA Hons (1st Class Honours) Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong (2007)
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Being a human geographer, my research work is founded on and motivated by a desire to better understand the relationships between farm animal production, the regulation of food, and farmers’ and veterinarians’ behaviour in both western and non-western contexts.
I was keen to understand how government policies affect the production and consumption patterns of meat, and also how they affect farmers’ practices in Hong Kong. My publications in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and Routledge series’ Political Ecologies of Meat show my eagerness to write about how different governing tools have the potential to transform farmers’ behaviours and affect human-animal relationships.
During my PhD, I produced a novel framework which goes beyond the traditional conceptualisation of the Chinese state, and which emphasises top-down policy delivery and state-led transformation. My dissertation has contributed to the understanding of the dynamic role played by county government and the territorial strategies it can implement to manage forest and land resources. Two of my articles, published in The China Quarterly and Journal of Rural Studies, have also contributed to the understanding of the dynamic role and territorial strategies of county government in overseeing agri-food supply chains and food production standards.
In moving from human geography to animal geography, I draw further insight from science and technology studies (STS) links with veterinary knowledge in order to conceptialise vaccination practices of farmers and veterinarians and their use of antibiotics in farm animals in both the United Kingdom and China. My current postdoctoral research allows me: (1) to explore the perceptions of British and Chinese meat producers in order to delineate what considers to be a “good farmer” in relation to animal health management (published in Journal of Rural Studies); (2) to theorise British farmers’ and veterinarians’ diagnostic tools and practices on farms in relation to the use of antibiotics.
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External Engagement and Impact
2011-2014: President’s Research Scholarship (Cardiff University, UK, £84, 500)
2009-2011: Geography Excellence Award and Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship (U of Calgary, Canada, CAD $ 50,000)
2010: The University of Calgary Graduate Student Travel Grant (CAD $ 1,000)
2007: Epson Foundation Scholarship Fund (HK Territory, HKD $ 10,000)
2007: The American Chamber Charitable Foundation Prize Book Award (USD $100)
2006: HK Baptist University Geography Alumni Scholarship (HKD $ 10,000)
2006: Agricultural Products Scholarship Fund (HKD $ 20,000)
2005: Agricultural Products Scholarship Fund (HKD $ 20,000)
2004: Lam and East Exchange Scholarship at Ohio University, U.S. (HKD $35,000)
I am a review editor for the Journal of Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
I have conducted peer review for academic journals including Environment and Planning D, China Quaterly, Journal of Rural Studies, Geoforum, The Pacific Review, Agriculture and Human Values and other social science journals.
‘Filthy Pigs: Governmentality, Subjectivities, and the Regulation of Animal Waste Practices in Hong Kong (1973-1997)’, Department of Geography, National Taiwan University, 5th Jan 2018
‘Rethinking the mechanism of the Social Impact Assessment with the Right To the City concept: a case study of the Blue House Revitalization Project in Hong Kong (2006-2012)’, Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University, 4th Jan 2018
‘Capitalist Pigs: Governmentality, Subjectivities and the Regulation of Pig Farming’, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong, 3rd Feb 2016
My initiative in course design and care in teaching have rewarded me with the teaching qualification of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. I have experience as a teaching assistant in modules on both human geography and urban planning for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Current teaching experiences
I contributed to the following modules at the University of Exeter:
- GEOM131 Geographies of life (MSc)
- GEO3126 Geographies of Monsters: Sciences, Society and Environmental Risk
Previous teaching experiences
- I contributed to 5 modules in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2013-2017):
- CPO 146 - The Chinese Countryside
- CPO 310 - Contemporary Planning in China
- CPO 241 - Contemporary Geographical Ideas
- CPO 343 - Hong Kong Field Study Tour
- CPT 855 - Eco-Cities (MSc) - Governance of the Eco-City Development
I was involved in the Urban Social Geography course in the Geography Department at the University of Calgary (2009-2010)