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The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a wonderful place to work. I had the good fortune to be a Research Fellow there from 2010 to 2016 where I used my time to finalise and write up the research for a monograph (based on my PhD thesis, which I defended in TU Delft in 2009). The book, The Shanghai Alleyway House: A Vanishing Urban Vernacular, was published by Routledge in 2013, and it was through contacts made at IIAS that it was translated into Chinese two years later. While at IIAS I also organised a series of annual conferences around themes I was interested in. This proved to be not only a very effective way of getting in touch with people interested in similar topics (often from other disciplines – a good way of broadening horizons), it also proved a fecund generator of publications, with just over fifty percent of these events leading to books or special issues of journals.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBiographical article
Media of outputprint and online
PublisherIIAS Newsletter
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationLeiden
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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NameThe Newsletter
PublisherInternational Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)


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