MDMP is a collaboaration between the IT University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University, with staff located in both universities in Denmark. We have been collaborating remotely since the beginning of the project, which began during 2020 lockdowns, and continue to work online and in person where possible.


IT University of Copenhagen

PI Rachel Douglas-Jones.

A a social anthropologist and STS scholar, Rachel is the head of the Technologies in Practice research group and co-directs the ETHOSLab. Her research revolves around questions of technology governance and ethics, and she has conducted fieldwork in the Asia-Pacific region since 2009.

Han Tao, Postdoc

Han is currently working for the ‘Moving Data, Moving People’ research project at Technologies in Practice (TiP). Han received her PhD in Social Anthropology at University of Sussex. Her doctoral research examined the practices of same-sex intimacies, marriage of convenience between a gay man and a lesbian, and queer parenting in urban China. Han’s research interests centre around kinship, sexuality, migration, and morality.

Mace Ojala, Lab Assistant Lecturer
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Mace Ojala researches the phenomenological, affective and processual qualities of programming and computer software, and how code entangles with human and non-human biographies. Mace aligns with the software studies tradition, and is a member of the ETHOS Lab, the Technologies in Practice research group as well as teaches in the design department at IT University of Copenhagen. He has supported the MDMP project through his role in ETHOS Lab.



Aalborg University

Co-Investigator Jesper Willaing Zeuthen 

Jesper is an Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society, and holds affiliations with DIR, the Research Centre on Development and International Relations, and MOX the Centre for Displacement, Migration and Integration. He has fieldwork experience in rural China, publishign on rural-urban relations, diplomatic relations and tourism.

Co-Investigator Ane Bislev

Ane an Associate Professor in Chinese Area Studies and Head of the Study Board for International Affairs at the Department of Politics and Society. Since her PhD fieldwork in southwest China she has worked on the question of capital and credit in China, and has published on microcredit and China’s online credit rating system.

Hailing Zhao, Postdoc

Hailing  trained as an anthropologist of development during her doctoral study at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Her PhD thesis looks at the changing landscape of Chinese NGO sector in the past decade, focusing on the charitable foundations launched by super-rich Chinese entrepreneurs and their relations with different local governments. This ethnographic research provides a deeper understanding of how corporatism and philanthrocapitalism work together in shaping the knowledge production and organizational culture of Chinese NGOs. Hailing was active in Chinas NGO sector before her PhD. She volunteered for a labor organization during her undergraduate studies at Sun Yat-sen University in the City of Guangzhou in south China. After finishing the masters program in Political Sociology at London School of Economics, Hailing went back to Guangzhou again and worked for both international donors and grassroots organizations in the field of education and youth development. While she has great interests in researching China’s political and social changes, she is also keen to develop her cooking skills. She believes food is one of the best ways in understanding culture and society.


Former MDMP Employees

Qiuyu Jiang, Research Assistant 2020-2021

I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University. My research interests center around translational migration, Africa-China relations, and Contemporary China. Specifically, I am interested in the ways in which governments and legal systems limit the mobility opportunities for individuals. My dissertation examines both the formal and informal legal practices of African migrants in Guangzhou, including their navigation of China’s rigid immigration system, their creation of an ethical business code, and their trans-ethnic and trans-national religious practice. Before joining the MDMP Project at ITU, I was a researcher at the Canadian Institute of Social Inclusion for Immigrant Parents, a Montreal-based NGO