Sussex Asia Centre

Dr Ibanez-Tirado

Diana Ibañez Tirado is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex. She has conducted long-term field research in southern Tajikistan exploring people’s experiences and narratives of time and social change, and theorising the formation of daily routines and the rhythms of everyday life there. As well, she has published her work on southern Tajikistan that analyses the connection between kinship, intimacy and  the senses. More recently, Diana has carried out long-term anthropological fieldwork in the Chinese city of Yiwu, a major centre for the global trade of commodities of everyday use and home to 14 000 foreign merchants from around the world. As part of the ERC-funded project “Yiwu: Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International City”, Diana has been investigating the lives of female traders who had established companies in Yiwu, as well as the trajectories of Persian and Russian speaking traders who travel between their home-countries and China.