Christiaan de Koning

Doctoral Candidate


Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Christiaan started his DPhil in Management Studies in 2015 under the supervision of Sue Dopson and Javier Lezaun.

His research explores the governance of emerging biotechnology and is funded by the Saïd Business School-Saïd Business School Foundation Scholarship. Christiaan is affiliated with the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) and is a member of Christ Church College.

Prior to starting his doctorate, Christiaan was a Visiting Fellow at the BioProperty Research Group (InSIS) and received his MPhil degree in Science and Technology Studies from Maastricht University. He also studied international business, sustainable (green) innovation, and political science as part of his BA Honours degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht.


Christiaan’s research explores the governance of emerging biotechnology.

More precisely, he looks at the quickly evolving industrial, political, and regulatory landscapes that are brought into being by novel forms of transgenic life and GMOs (i.a. CRISPR/Cas9) - with a particular interest in the divergent responses of different societies, in local and global contexts. To date, his empirical investigation has covered the contexts of the UK, Europe, and Latin America. Special attention is drawn towards social innovation, commercialization of new biotechnologies, leadership, grassroots initiatives, public health, and global North-South relations.

The working title of Christiaan’s thesis is: “Racing into the unknown: Biotechnology, Society, and Governance”.

Selected publications & research papers

Lezaun, J., and de Koning, C. (2015) Memorandum on regulatory pathways for genetically modified insects. House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Genetically Modified Insects. 

"When Technology Travels: Responsible innovation and transgenic mosquitoes” (with Campos, A.,Hartley, S., Lezaun, J., and Velho, L.) (Forthcoming, in Journal of Responsible Innovation).

Two (nr. 4 & 5) ethnographic photos published online by BBC’s Science Editor in “Is the world ready for GM animals?”, 25 February 2015.

“The Public Intellectual: A short reflection on the STS scholar” (in Proceedings of the first São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences on Biotechnology, Biosocialities and the Governance of Life Sciences Conference, November 2014).

“Beyond Cure and Controversy: Exploring the deployment of Genetically Modified Insects (GMI) in Panama and Spain” (Master thesis, October 2014, Available online through Maastricht University Library).

Selected presentations

Expert to the European Commission: “Do It Yourself Biotechnology with(out) borders”. Workshop on DIY Science at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. Part of a panel with Prof. Mariachiara Tallacchini, Dr Ana Delgado, and Dr Sarah Davies (June 2015).

“Beyond Cure and Controversy: Exploring the deployment of genetically modified insects”; Counting differently seminar series, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at Saïd Business School and the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (February 2015).

“Beyond Cure and Controversy: GM insect deployment from a socio-historical perspective”; The British Society for the History of Science Conference, University College London, Department of Science and Technology (January 2015).

“Beyond Cure and Controversy: Exploring the deployment of genetically modified insects (GMI) in Panama and Spain”; Thesis presented at the first São Paulo School of Advanced Science Conference on Biotechnology, Biosocialities and the Governance of Life Sciences, University of Campinas, Brazil (August 2014).

“GM and Activism: GM products in the light of wider debates”; Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford (December 2013).