2022: Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies-Japanese External Trade Organisation
2021: Research Officer (Casual), The Australian National University
2021: Research Assistant, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra
2017-2021: PhD Anthropology, The Australian National University
2015-2016: Master of International Development, University of Canberra
2010-2014: Research Officer, Centre for Bhutan and GNH Studies
Dendup Chophel has received a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University, becoming one of the few Bhutanese to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology. He studied the processes and impact of Buddhist gentrification in displacing localised ritual practices in historically marginal communities in rural Bhutan. At the Center for Advance Studies-Erlangen, he will study elderly female mediums (rnal-‘byor-ma, Yogini and/or bsnyen-jo-mo, ‘Invocation-Lady’) in Ketokha and Bongo villages of Bhutan, and their often asymmetrical relation with institutionalised Buddhism. On a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of Developing Economies-JETRO in Japan, he has explored the fundamental ways in which Buddhism counterintuitively valorises and promotes economic productivity and material prosperity in Bhutanese communities. He is an Associated Researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences.