Donkey Politics: How Chinas Belt & Road shapes everyday life in Pakistan

    Project Details

    Description

    This project will develop a socio-cultural understanding of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the flagship project of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), through an ethnographic examination of the donkey trade with China. The research will produce fine-grained data on the impacts of the massive export of donkeys on the work, livelihoods, and health-seeking behaviour of marginalised populations in Pakistan. Expected outcomes include enhanced understanding of Chinese mega projects on host countries. It will benefit Australian and international policymakers seeking to develop a grounded understanding of BRI and its broader implications for the Indo-Pacific region, including the risk of zoonotic diseases associated with animal trade.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date5/06/234/06/26

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$476,331.00
    • Australian National University (ANU): A$113,846.00