Publications: Journal Articles

Urban Carbon Footprint and Carbon Cycle Pressure: The Case Study of Nanjing

Zhao Rongqin, Huang Xianjin, Liu Ying, Taiyang Zhong, Minglei Ding, Xiaowei Chuai

Journal of Geographical Sciences. 2014, 24: 159-176. Urban carbon footprint reflects the impact and pressure of human activities on urban environment. Based on city level, this paper estimated carbon emissions and carbon footprint of Nanjing city, analyzed urban carbon footprint intensity and carbon cycle pressure and discussed the influencing factors of carbon footprint through LMDI decomposition…

Contradictions in China’s Path to Zero Food Safety Risk: State- and Civil Society-Driven Developments in the Ecological Agriculture Sector

Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas & Aijuan Chen

Food Policy. 2014, 45: 158-166. Considering certified organic production as ‘zero’ (including the absence of genetically modified seeds and feed, and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers as inputs), we outline how, since the 1990s, China has developed a unique system of progressively stringent food quality production standards—‘hazard-free’, ‘green food’, and organic—on its purported path to zero…

Household Food Insecurity & Survival in Harare: 2008 and Beyond

Godfrey Tawodzera

Urban Forum. 2014, 25: 207-216. In 2008, Zimbabwe was in crisis, with an economy in ruins and a volatile political environment. The country’s GDP had contracted by over 40 % since 2,000 level; the official unemployment rate was over 80 %; hyperinflation was running at over 200 million percent; and food production deficits of the staple crop, maize,…

Carbon Flow of Urban System and Its Policy Implications: The Case of Nanjing

Rongqin Zhao, Xianjin Huang, Taiyang Zhong, Ying Liu & Xiaowei Chuai

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2014, 33: 589-601. China is now in the process of rapid urbanization. City׳s operating efficiency was directly determined by the scale and efficiency of energy consumption and flow. The pattern, scale and efficiency of urban carbon flow are not only important indicators that reflect urban efficiency and sustainable development, but also…

Hungry Cities: A Critical Review of Urban Food Security Research in Sub-Saharan African Cities

Jane Battersby

Geography Compass. 2013, 7(7): 452-463. There has been renewed interest in the issue of food in cities in sub-Saharan Africa. A similar renewal has been noted in the North American and European contexts. However, the political, practical, and ideological starting points of these research endeavors are quite different. This paper presents a historical and political…

Growing Communities: Integrating the Social and Economic Benefits of Urban Agriculture in Cape Town

Jane Battersby & Maya Marshak

Urban Forum. 2013, 24(4):447–461 There has been growing interest in the use of urban agriculture to address food insecurity and poverty in Cape Town. This reflects debates on urban agriculture in the global south. In the north, growing food in cities has been tended to be framed in terms of its social benefits. This paper…

Linking Food Security, Migration and Development

Jonathan Crush

International Migration. 2013, 51(5): 61-75. The issue of food security is strikingly absent from current debates about the relationship between migration and development. The current international food security agenda displays a similar disregard for migration. There thus appears to be a massive disconnect between these two global development agendas. The reasons are hard to understand since…