Dr. Madlen Kobi is a post-doctoral researcher at the Academy of Architecture of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, Switzerland in the SNSF-funded research project "The City as Indoors. Architecture and Urban Climates" by Prof. Dr. Sascha Roesler, where she investigates the relations between architecture, socio-technical knowledge and everyday climate-related practices in residential spaces in Chongqing, China.
She obtained her PhD from the Institute of Social Anthropology of the University of Bern in 2014. During her PhD, she was a guest researcher at Xinjiang University in Ürümqi (China) and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. From September 2015 to January 2017, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Ethnographic Museum / Institute of Social Anthropology and Empirical Cultural Studies of the University of Zürich.
Her main research and teaching interests include urban anthropology, architectural anthropology, anthropology of waste and urban space use with a regional focus on China. Her PhD entitled Constructing, Creating and Contesting Cityscapes. A Socio-Anthropological Approach to Urban Transformation in Southern Xinjiang, P.R. China was published in 2016 at The Harrassowitz Publishing House. Her articles have been published among others in The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Social Anthropology, TSANTSA, Inner Asia and Central Asian Survey.