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Dr Gerald Roche Senior Research Fellow, Politics

I am an anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and Philosophy. My research focuses on the politics of language endangerment and revitalization, with a regional focus on Tibet.

I was previously a DECRA fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Uppsala University's Hugo Valentin Centre. Prior to that I lived on the northeast Tibetan Plateau for eight years (2005-2013), working as an applied anthropologist.

As an applied anthropologist, I have collaborated with people in Tibet on various educational and cultural initiatives, including the creation of the world's largest online archive of oral traditions from the Tibetan Plateau, and the publication of the first nationally-distributed English language textbooks designed specifically for Tibetans.

My publications have appeared in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Modern Asian Studies, China Quarterly, International Journal for the Sociology of Language, Anthropos, and Asian Ethnicity amongst others. I recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization.

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