Man Fang joined the IASS in January 2018 as a Fellow.
She is working on the transformation of knowledge to practice based on her Ph.D. research on risk perception with an intercultural perspective and focusing on values ethics and moral concerns in risk governance. She published scientific papers, blogs and essays and gave many workshops and presentations, aiming at developing self-awareness and ethical concern in policy-making procedure. Her main objective is to enhance the sustainability of the managers and officials with respect to risk governance and emergency management organizations.
Within the structure of IASS, Man Fang is working with both Systemic Risk group and AMA project group, based on the empirical study on values and ethical issues in risk governance. Her work integrates the western and eastern philosophy and methodology in order to explore a new mindset suitable for coping with the Risk Society. Such an approach starts with a personal transformation: from inner mindfulness to outside harmony and safety, and extends the individual sphere to society as a whole and inspires the transition from knowledge to action.
Man Fang holds a Ph.D from the Social Management and Public Policy School of Beijing Normal University. She majored in Public Administration and spent two years at the Social Science Department in University of Stuttgart. Her thesis "Influential Effects of Risk Perception and Value Orientation on Risk Prevention Behaviors" focuses on the value transition in risk society in the context of westernized China.
Man Fang also holds a master degree from China University of Geosciences. She majored in Applied Psychology with the thesis "Research on Psychological Health Status and its Related Factors of Maritime Rescue and Salvage Personnel". During this time period she was trained as a Licensed Counseling Psychologist (National level Two since 2006), with internships in Wuhan Hospital for Psychotherapy and Psychological Counseling Center in China University of Geosciences.
She has been involved in the following projects:
- 2017: "Influence of Experts' Role and their Values on Risk Communication", Key project from Beijing Municipal Social Science Foundation
- 2012-2015: Team leader for "Consuming Behaviors Research of Safety Products based on the Risk Perception Investigation-Case of Beijing Municipal", Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists, Beijing Academy of Science and Technology
- 2012-2015: Team leader of consulting project: "Risk Legislations Study of Urban Community", from Emergency Management Office of Beijing Municipal Government
- 2011: Research Fellow at Paris-Est University. Egide: Partenariats Hubert Curien (PHC) XU GUANGQI: "Urban Systems: Hazards, Vulnerability and Risks. Integrated and Multidisciplinary Framework: Case of Lifeline Systems & Subways"