Federica Mirra is a postgraduate research student at Birmingham City University (BCU) where she holds a Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award. Her research investigates contemporary Chinese artistic responses to the unprecedented urbanization in China in order to raise awareness of this phenomenon’s social implications. In September 2018, she completed her MA Contemporary Arts China at Birmingham City University with distinction. Before joining BCU, she obtained her BA in Chinese Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy (2015), and pursed an MA in East Asian Studies, Specialisation Chinese at Leiden University, The Netherlands (2016). She worked as curatorial assistant for the first Thailand Biennale 2018-19, Krabi. Currently, she is working as Research Assistant for the PGR Studio Team, BCU.