Di Zeng

Dr Di Zeng

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Di is an applied economist with research experience in agricultural development and food and health economics. His previous work covers Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the United States. His research aims to disentangle the complicated mechanisms linking food, health and economic development from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Before joining the Centre for Global Food and Resources, Di has worked extensively with CGIAR centres in Africa and Europe and governmental agencies in the United States. His work has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and several state government agencies in the United States. He has taught advanced impact evaluation methods to doctoral-level economists and social scientists from several CGIAR centres.

Di is an applied economist with research experience in agricultural development and food and health economics. His previous work covers Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the United States. His research aims to disentangle the complicated mechanisms linking food, health and economic development from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Before joining the Centre for Global Food and Resources, Di has worked extensively with CGIAR centres in Africa and Europe and governmental agencies in the United States. His work has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and several state government agencies in the United States. He has taught advanced impact evaluation methods to doctoral-level economists and social scientists from several CGIAR centres.

Executive Dean's Award for excellence in research. Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide (AUD: 2000). 

AGRIBUS 7055 Global Food and Agricultural Markets, 2017 (Instructor and Coordinator)

AGRIBUS 7054 Global Food and Agricultural Policy, 2017 (Co-instructor and coordinator)

AGRIBUS 7061 Research Principles and Methods, 2017 (Co-instructor and coordinator)

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor The Pattern and Rate of Adoption for Commodity Choices and Land Use in Upland Catchment Area in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sara Ratna Qanti
    2019 Principal Supervisor Trust and social capital in emerging cross-border e-commerce channels: case studies of Daigou Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wenzhu Tang
    2017 Co-Supervisor Testing your food market integration: A study of the vegetable trade in the Indo China region Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Anh Duc Nguyen
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Horticultural Farming and Development Outcomes: Examining Human and Social Capital Investment Among Horticultural Households in Rural Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Phassara Khamthara
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Analysing the Drivers of Dietary Diversity, Diet Quality and Household Food Security in Developing Asia: Evidence from Urban Vietnam and Rural Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jesmin Ara Rupa
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Understanding the Roles of Gender in Rural Development: The Case of Labour-Intensive Chilli Production in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Apri Laila Sayekti
  • Phone: 83136226
  • Email: di.zeng@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 6
  • Room: 6 24
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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