Nahui Zhen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. She completed a PhD in human geography at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examines political trust and public risk perception and management in China through the lens of freshwater consumption in Shanghai, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. Her current research focuses on hydro-politics, water pollution, and agrarian change in China.

Doing Fieldwork in China During and Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Study

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for those conducting fieldwork in China. To understand how the situation has shifted, we collected firsthand accounts from internationally based China specialists, showcasing the difficulties they encountered and the strategies they used to cope. We also obtained insights from scholars based in China, which provided valuable perspectives on the changing fieldwork environment in the country. By reflecting on these findings, we aim to support a smoother transition for researchers looking to resume their fieldwork-based research in China in the post-pandemic era and beyond.

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