Yuxi Wu is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts. She got her MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Currently, her focuses are on memory and heritage studies, with particular interests in collective memory and public heritage-making process, and memory shifts in renovated historic cities in China. Her thesis is titled 'Heritage and memory: vernacular collective memory and public heritage-making in renovated historic cities in China'. This is a case study on a Chinese historic city- Datong and on its heritage renovation project. She will explore the consequences and effects that the urban renovation project produces on local residents in Datong. Yuxi will also examine how heritage is utilised as a political tool by national and local governments in China.