From 2008 to 2012 I coordinated a five-year research project that was funded by the French National Research Agency:
This project — a collaboration of scholars working in Paris, Zürich, Taipei, and Beijing — aimed at a systematic documentation and a phylogenetic assessment of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in the Muli Tibetan Autonomous County of Sichuan Province in China.
Qiaowazhen — county seat of Muli Tibetan Autonomous County in Sichuan Province in the People's Republic of China
The project focused on languages that are classified as belonging to the "southern branch of Qiangic" (a putative subgroup of Sino-Tibetan languages proposed in the 1980s by Chinese linguists). Languages included Xumi (Shuheng), Pumi, Kami, Lizu, Namuzi, and Laze.