Publications: Journal Articles

Africa’s Urban Adaptation Transformation Pathways Under a 1.5°C Climate Change

Mark Pelling, Hayley Leck, Lorena Pasquini, Idowu Ajibade, Emanuel Osuteye, Susan Parnell, Shuaib Lwasa, Cassidy Johnson, Arabella Fraser, Alejandro Barcena, Soumana Boubacar

Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability. 2018, 31, 10-15. For cities in sub-Saharan Africa a 1.5 °C increase in global temperature will bring forward the urgency of meeting basic needs in sanitation, drinking water and land-tenure, and underlying governance weaknesses. The challenges of climate sensitive management are exacerbated by rapid population growth, deep and persistent poverty, a trend…

Urban Household Food Security in China and Mozambique: A Gender-Based Comparative Approach

Liam Riley, Mary Caesar

Development in Practice. 2018, 28(8): 1012-1021.  International comparison of development indicators is a perennial challenge in global development studies. The challenge is especially difficult when measuring urban household food security using experience-based metrics that are influenced by countless contextual factors. This article presents a gender-based analysis of household food security surveys conducted in Nanjing, China…

An Overview of Critical Issues of Alternative Food Networks in the Global Context

Zhenzhong Si, Ning Dai, Danshu Qi

Journal of China Agricultural University (Social Science Edition). 2018, 4:127-135. (in Chinese) The industrialization of agriculture and food industry around the globe has resulted in increasingly severe environmental, economic and social consequences, such as environmental pollution, large quantity of carbon emission, food safety crisis, the marginalization of smallholders and the sustainability of their livelihoods. To cope…

Wet Markets, Supermarkets and Alternative Food Sources: Consumers’ Food Access in Nanjing, China

Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott, Cameron McCordic

Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2018 (online)  Based on a survey of 1,210 households in Nanjing, China, the article looks at the purchasing frequency of various food items in different food retail outlets, the accessibility of these outlets and the use of different food sources. We found that while supermarkets are the top venues for purchasing…

Food Safety in Urban China: Perceptions and Coping Strategies of Residents in Nanjing

Zhenzhong Si, Jenelle Regnier-Davies, Steffanie Scott

China Information. 2018, 32(3): 377-399. Food safety has become an increasingly pressing sociopolitical issue in China due to the outbreak of food safety scandals since the 2000s. Existing studies have highlighted the socio-economic context of this issue, its drivers and implications. Yet, few studies have examined the perceptions of food safety conditions and strategies undertaken…

Ghosts and Things: Agriculture and Animal Life

Tony Weis

Global Environmental Politics. 2018, 18(2): 134-142. This article makes a case for centering animal life in conceptions of environmental, agrarian, and dietary change. It begins with a brief discussion of the extinction spasm and defaunation and suggests that envisaging landscapes of animal “ghosts” might help to evoke the ecological impoverishment this entails. Landscapes of ghosts…

Rural Land Rights Reform and Agro-environmental Sustainability: Empirical Evidence from China

Yuting Xu, Xianjin Huang, Helen X.H. Bao, Xiang Ju, Taiyang Zhong, Zhigang Chen, Yan Zhou

Land Use Policy. 2018, 74: 73-87. The landscape of China’s rural land market has been changed by several significant land right reforms since the 1970s. It is always of great interest to both the government and the public to gauge the effectiveness of these reforms. We address this question by investigating the impact of a recent land use right…

Links Between China’s “Virtual Land Use” and Farmland Loss

Zhiying Xu, Taiyang Zhong, Steffanie Scott, Yumei Tang, Guoliang Xu, Qiong He

Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2018, (Online) China has experienced notable loss of farmland and increase in food imports during the past three decades. This article provides an econometric examination of the interactions between virtual land use through food trade and farmland loss in China. The results show that net virtual land imports have grown…

Impact of the Top-down Quota-oriented Farmland Preservation Planning on the Change of Urban Land-use Intensity in China

Taiyang Zhong, Zhu Qian, Xianjin Huang, Yuntai Zhao, Yan Zhou, Zehui Zhao

Habitat International. 2018, 77: 71-79.  Although the National General Land Use Plan (1997–2010) came into effect in 1999, there has been no research investigating whether the farmland protection planning embedded within the top-down general land-use plans has contributed to promoting intensive utilization of urban land. This paper aims to assess the impact of farmland preservation efforts in…

The Impact of Proximity to Wet Markets and Supermarkets on Household Dietary Diversity in Nanjing City, China

Taiyang Zhong, Zhenzhong Si, Jonathan Crush, Zhiying Xu, Xianjin Huang, Steffanie Scott, Shuangshuang Tang and Xiang Zhang

Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1465. This study investigated the influence of the proximity to wet markets and supermarkets on urban household dietary diversity in Nanjing. Based on the data collected through a citywide survey in 2015 and the map data of wet markets and supermarkets, the Poisson regression model was deployed to examine the correlations between geographical proximity…