Wen-Ching Ting is a Research Fellow under the research project entitled ‘Capitalising Human Mobility for Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development in Myanmar’ (CHIME), at the Department of Geography, the School of Global Studies. This project is jointly implemented by a consortium of agencies consisting of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), the Metta Development Foundation and the University of Sussex. The research is funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT).

She obtained a doctoral degree in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex in 2016. Her doctoral research was supported by the Government Scholarship for Study Abroad (GSSA), Taiwan and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. She also completed a master degree in Development Studies at the University of Manchester. Her research interest focuses on migration, displacement, homemaking, livelihoods, aid and development. Her regional focus is mainly on Southeast Asia countries, due to her previous work experiences with NGOs for educational and income-generational projects in Thailand, Cambodia and north India. Moreover, she also has seven years of experience working for cultural and educational projects in a variety of indigenous communities in Taiwan and New Zealand and some experience in project evaluation in Malawi.


Research Fellow in CHIME project, Department of Geography

Member of Sussex Asia Centre

Accompany Tutor (2014 China Field Class, Geography)



DPhil Migration Studies, University of Sussex 

MA Development Studies, University of Manchester 

BA Economics, National Taiwan University                




Deshingkar, Priya and Wen-Ching Ting  (2017). “Precarity and Opportunity: Rural Livelihoods, Migration and Change in Myanmar”. Paper was presented at  Agrifood XXIV: The 24th International Conference of Agri-food Research Network: Food, Youth and the Future of Farming, at the session of Reimagining Rural Myanmarin Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (2-5 December 2017).

Ting, Wen-Ching (2016). “War Politics, Contested Territory and the transformation of Shan Ethnoscape”. Paper was presented at the conference of 6th Prague Conference on Southeast Asian Studies: Power and Strategies of Political Order in Southeast Asia at Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czechia (14 Oct, 2016)

Ting, Wen-Ching (2016). “Mobility, Fragmented Journeys and Search for Liveable Lives: Case of Displaced Shan Migrants along the Thai-Burma Border”. Paper was presented at the 13th Asia Pacific Sociological Association Conference: Globalisation, Mobility and Borders: Changes and Opportunities in the Asia-Pacific" at Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (24-25 September, 2016).

Ting, Wen-Ching (2016). ” (Re) making Intimate Connections: the role of religious and ritual practices in the displaced Shan communities along both sides of the Thai-Burma border”. Paper was presented at the workshop of Intimate Connections: Everyday Experiences of Inter-Asian Ties at the Japan Institute, the Australian National University (11-13, August, 2016).

Ting, Wen-Ching (2016). “Charting Interfaces of Power: actors, constellations of mobility and weaving displaced Shan’s translocal, ‘Home’ Territory along the Thai-Burma border”. Paper presented at the conference of InterAsian Connections V (Seoul), at the workshop of Forced Migration in/ of Asia: Connections, Covergences, Comparisons at the Seoul National University Asia Center, South Korea (27-30 April, 2016) .


Other activities

International Summer School “Migrations, Borders, Cultures”, University of Aegean (04-15 July 2016)

Winter School “Migration in the margins of Europe: from Istanbul to Athens, Netherlands Institute at Athens and Turkey (04-30 Jan. 2016)

International Summer School in Forced Migration, University of Oxford (UK) (11-29 July 2011)

Judge Business School: Diageo Entrepreneurship Management Programme, University of Cambridge (UK) (23 April-18 May 2007)

"Forced Migration" workshop, Academy of The Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (India) (18-22 Sep. 2006)