Carla de Utra Mendes is an affiliate of the Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK. She is also a member of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS), the Chinese Collections Group, and a writing fellow of the Urban Photographers Association (UPA). She holds a PhD in Global Studies (University of Saint Joseph, Macao S.A.R., China), as former fellow of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal. Graduate in Art History, and since her Masters degree, both from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Universidade NOVA Lisbon, Portugal, she has been focusing on East Asia, particularly on Chinese Studies. She continues to develop research on contemporary China with interests that range from politics to art and cultural analysis. Her most recent publications were on China Daily, co-authoring with Professor Kerry Brown ‘China’s vision of common destiny of a shared future’ (2018) and, individually ‘Xi’s speech lays out positive vision’ (2018). In the field of contemporary art and museums, she has fulfilled several roles from museum and independent curator, museum educator and independent art critic, having collaborated with institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal), amongst many others.