Aurélia Martin has been working for UrbaChina since May 2013. After her studies in English Language at the University of Glasgow, she returned to France where she went through the majority of her schooling.
She has travelled in China and is interested in Chinese cinema and photography.
Aurélia’s role is to help with all publications and communications of research papers. Her linguistic skills are invaluable to the UrbaChina project. Completely bilingual in French and English, she translates and corrects English publications for the French CNRS team in the project, especially the working papers for the UrbaChina collection. She works on all projects in English, including most recently the subtitles for an interview with François Gipouloux on his book The Asian Mediterrannean, which will be put online soon.
While studying in Scotland, she followed some courses in digital humanities and was introduced to a number of relevant computer programmes. She contributes to the UrbaChina blog as well as the project’s digital photo collection (UrbaChina photo collection). She helps manage the collection and train project members to upload their photos, as well as uploading for them. She works especially to ensure that the photos come with quality metadata, and that the UrbaChina blog’s English is coherent and correct.
Oriane Pillet has been an intern at the Joint Research Unit China Korea Japan, CNRS, since February 2014 to help with the UrbaChina FP7 project.
Oriane studied international development and received a joint degree in geography and law from Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne). She is currently working for her masters “Local development: social actors and spatial dynamics” at the Institut des Etudes de Développement Economique et Social (IEDES) [Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies] of Paris I.
Her interest in Asia started as a result of her travels in Southeast Asia, India and Nepal, where she did a work experience with a Nepalese NGO at Kathmandu. China and its cities are particularly compelling to her as they abound with challenges tied to urbanisation. She is focused on the issues of urban heritage and how it ties in modern day upheavals in Chinese cities. She is also focused on issues linked to the urban practices of city dwellers and their participation in the making of the city.
Her role within UrbaChina
Oriane contributes to the UrbaChina blog by writing posts and is working on an article on the question of urban heritage and urban rehabilitation and revitalisation in China. She is especially interested in the rehabilitation of industrial heritage in Chongqing and its impact on the urban practices of the zone’s inhabitants. She will have the opportunity to travel to Chongqing where she will be able to do some field surveys to understand today’s challenges for the revitalisation of old industrial areas in a post-industrial city and to analyse how citizens are involved in the project to develop and preserve their urban industrial heritage.