Post-doctorate researcher at Tongji University, Shanghai. She has worked as Research Associate at the University of Sheffield in the UK and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was Luce Visiting Scholar in Trinity College in the US. She has a rich fieldwork experience through working in UN-Habitat’s slum upgrading projects, her role as Project Manager in building a school in Nairobi’s informal settlements, and various research projects on Chinese infrastructure development in Africa. Her work focuses on African urbanisation and China’s impact on urban development, especially on housing, urban governance and development finance, and geographically covering Ethiopia and the East African region.