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Darcy Pan

Research topic 

Digital technologies and IT industry in China


April 2018 to April 2021

Darcy Pan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for East and Southeast Asian Studies since April 2018. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Stockholm University (2017). Entitled “Laboring through uncertainty: an ethnography of the Chinese state, labor NGOs, and development,” Pan’s doctoral thesis investigates how international development projects supporting labor activism are implemented in contemporary China. Pan’s research interests focus on the state, labor, civil society, infrastructure, regimes of governance, big data, and global technology and development. She has done fieldwork in Ireland, China, and Hong Kong. Having received International Postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council in November 2017, Pan is currently working on a research project that focuses on digital technologies and IT industry in China. This project adopts an ethnographic approach to study the development and circulation of big data discourses in China, and the related infrastructures and economy that are taking place in Southwest China.