I successfully defended my PhD thesis with the title « Co-producing Tourist Places in Lashi Hai (Yunnan, China): An Ethnographic Study on Representations of Ethnicity and Identity." in February 2020. The research project is anchored in the discipline of social- and cultural anthropology. Data was collected during long-term field wok using participant observation as main methodological approach. The case study site is located in Northwest Yunnan, in the Lashi Hai wetland area, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang's Old Town.
Previous to my PhD research I had completed a bachelor's degree in Sinology and Ethnology at the University of Zurich and spent two years in Kunming, studying Chinese language and working for intercultural exchange projects. My master's degree in Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary program at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and also included several months of fieldwork in Yunnan.