Chang-Xue Shu joined the digital humanities program of Chinese Local Gazetteers in Department III, MPIWG in 2017. She has been working on mineral materials (non-metallic) used in construction cultures, adopting a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach. Her latest discoveries on the ceramic building material, in particular, will be summarized in the article “Towards modern ceramics in China.” She is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (Post-Doc) at the University of Leuven and Flemish Research Foundation (FWO), Belgium, undertaking the project “Fired Earth in the Build: Western Heritage in China,” combining diverse resources. She is also working with peers on deterioration issues in the Palace Museum Beijing.
Chang-Xue received her PhD in Conservation of Architectural Heritage from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy (2013). Afterwards she was granted a fellowship to join the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK (2015–16), and has collaborated with the Institute for Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, National Research Council of Italy, Florence (CNR-ICVBC). She is a Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)-Getty International Program Grantee and member of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and a Master's degree in History of Chinese Architecture, both from Tongji University, Shanghai, as well as a Master's in Urban Studies from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.