Ruonan Chen

Ruonan Chen

Position: PhD Candidate in Anthropology
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology



MA, Cross-Cultural Communication and Education, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2013 MA, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages; Liaoning University, 2012

Ruonan Chen completed her undergraduate studies at the Henan University of Finance and Economics with a major in Law, where she was most interested in the relationship of law and culture. 

Then she was accepted by the Master program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Liaoning University with a full scholarship, finishing with a dissertation on researching the management and teaching mode of International College of Liaoning University. Following this, she completed a MA degree in Cross-Cultural Communication and Education with a dissertation entitled ‘Living out of the System: An Ethnographic Study of a Counterculture Eco-village in UK’. 

Ruonan Chen then relocated for her job in Tibet Health Capacity Building Program in Lhasa, the Tibet Autonomous Region, China, working on capacity building and development. After 3 years working in the health arena there, she was accepted by the Australian National University to pursue further study.

Ruonan Chen is currently a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University, working on her research of the relationship of hospitals and people in it. 

Thesis Title

Making Hospital in Tibet


Medical anthropology; organizational anthropology; international development; counterculture; youth culture; Tibetan culture; cross-cultural communication; locals and sojourners.

Conference Presentations

2019 Chen, R. Mētis matters — A Research on Medical Pluralism in Public Hospitals in Modern Tibet, Asia As Action Scaling Ethnography of the Everyday A Graduate Student Conference, Beijing, China.


2016 Lai, Y. Cisong. Chen, R. and Liu C. Survey and Analysis on the Effectiveness of the Township Clinic Staff Training in Tibet, Chinese Health Economics, 2016,35(9):32-34. DOI:10.7664/CHE20160909

2010-2012: Tuition Scholarship –Liaoning University
2007: President Scholarship–Henan University of Finance and Economics


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