Ruyu Lin joined the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) as a PhD student in February 2018. Her doctoral research looks at the relationship between migration and environmental changes with the focus on the wellbeing of indigenous population and displacement in the Eastern Himalayas.
She has extensively travelling to Southwest China and Tibet while doing her undergraduate in Economics, Gender Studies, and Theatre. She has worked in the role of research assistant, fieldwork researcher, and administrator at different universities and the Academia Sinica (top research institute in Taiwan), projects include the transnational white-collar workers, resources redistribution and equality after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, social architecture for the disaster-prone area, religion as cultural industry, the carpet business run by the refugees in Nepal and Leprosy. She was a visiting scholar at the Northwest Ethnic Minority Research Centre of Lanzhou University (China) in 2013.
Her MA Sociology dissertation is an ethnography of the construction of national identity as refugees embedded in education institutions by the Tibetan diaspora in India. Besides the five months fieldwork at the charity-based residential school, she also moved along with the Tibetan youth to the Resettlement Camps, followed their lives after the Basic Education and tracedback the outmigration context to East Tibet. Since 2012, she participated in, produced works along with the social change of, and provides services based on the need expressed by the exile community – she coordinated and managed Mandarin classes and PhotoVoice workshops for the teenagers to rethink the existing discourse frame of conflict, nationality, otherization, and dignity. Her recent works with the Tibetans focus on the elders, she is conducting interviews with the retired Tibetan army personnel and look into the ageing and dying in camps.
Before coming to IDS, she completed her second Master’s degree in Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. Her dissertation tells the story of how farmers adapted to the 2016 Demonetization with adjustments made based on their different financial vulnerability and dependency to the government. She was a visiting faculty at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) from 2013 to 2015. Her role functioned as a teaching fellow for both language and social studies, also maintaining the tie of higher education collaboration between Taiwan and India. She designed courses to approach, analyse and experience cultures through interactive sessions and she also curated public events.