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Dr Di Zeng

Di Zeng
Centre for Global Food and Resources
Faculty of the Professions

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.

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Dr Di Zeng

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.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) — 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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Lecturer University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
Virginia Tech United States PhD

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Zeng, D., Alwang, J., Norton, G., Jaleta, M., Shiferaw, B., & Yirga, C. (2018). Land ownership and technology adoption revisited: Improved maize varieties in Ethiopia. Land Use Policy, 72, 270-279.
DOI Scopus1
2018 Zeng, D., Thomsen, M., & Nayga, R. (2018). Neighborhood Convenience Stores and Childhood Obesity: A Panel Data Instrumental Variable Approach. Applied Economics, Online, 1-16.
DOI
2018 Kassie, M., Marenya, P., Tessema, Y., Jaleta, M., Zeng, D., Erenstein, O., & Rahut, D. (2018). Measuring Farm and Market Level Economic Impacts of Improved Maize Production Technologies in Ethiopia: Evidence from Panel Data. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 69(1), 76-95.
DOI Scopus4 WoS2
2018 HUANG, Z., XU, Y., ZENG, D., WANG, C., & WANG, J. (2018). One size fits all? Contract farming among broiler producers in China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 17(2), 473-482.
DOI
2017 Zeng, D., Alwang, J., Norton, G., Shiferaw, B., Jaleta, M., & Yirga, C. (2017). Agricultural technology adoption and child nutrition enhancement: improved maize varieties in rural Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics, 48(5), 573-586.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2
2016 Zeng, D., Thomsen, M., Nayga, R., & Rouse, H. (2016). Middle school transition and body weight outcomes: evidence from Arkansas public schoolchildren. Economics and Human Biology, 21, 64-74.
DOI
2016 Huang, Z., Zeng, D., & Wang, J. (2016). Factors affecting Chinese broiler farmers’ main preventive practices in response to highly pathogenic avian influenza. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 134, 153-159.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
2015 Zeng, D., You, W., Mills, B., Alwang, J., Royster, M., & Anson-Dwamena, R. (2015). A closer look at the rural-urban health disparities: insights from four major diseases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Social Science & Medicine, 140, 62-68.
DOI
2015 Zeng, D., Alwang, J., Norton, G., Shiferaw, B., Jaleta, M., & Yirga, C. (2015). Ex post impacts of improved maize varieties on poverty in rural Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics, 46(4), 515-526.
DOI
2015 Huang, W., Zeng, D., & Zhou, S. (2015). Welfare impacts of modern peanut technologies in China. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, 221-238.

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2014 Zeng, D., Alwang, J., Norton, G., Shiferaw, B., Jaleta, M., & Yirga, C. (2014). Agricultural Technology Adoption and Child Nutrition: Improved Maize Varieties in Rural Ethiopia. In Proceedings of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s 2014 AAEA Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, USA.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2018 Genova, C., Umberger., Newman., Peralta., & Zeng. (2018). The impact of smallholder vegetable production on child nutrition in rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 Annual Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Conference. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA.
2018 Pagliuca, L. G., Dumbrell, N., Umberger, W., & Zeng, D. (2018). Drivers of changing meat expenditure and consumption patterns in urban Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of 62nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Adelaide, Australia.
2018 Nguyen, A. D., Umberger, W., & Zeng, D. (2018). Concerns and valuation of food quality and food safety in urban Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 62nd Annual Conference.
2017 Nguyen, A. D., Umberger, W. J., Zeng, D., & Dumbrell, N. P. (2017). Concerns and valuation of food quality and food safety in urban Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of North-West Vietnam Research Symposium: Mountains of Opportunity. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
2017 Dumbrell, N. P., Umberger, W. J., Zeng, D., Nguyen, A. D., & Pagliuca, L. (2017). Consumer preferences and consumption patterns for fruit & vegetables in urban Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of North-West Vietnam Research Symposium: Mountains of Opportunity. Hanoi, Vietnam: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
2017 Dumbrell, N., Umberger, W., Zeng, D., Nguyen, A., & Pagliuca, L. (2017). The role of market research in agricultural development for northwest Vietnam: The case of fruit and vegetables. Poster session presented at the meeting of North-West Vietnam Research Symposium: Mountains of Opportunity. Hanoi, Vietnam: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
2017 Rupa, J., Ahmed, S., Umberger, W., Zeng, D., & Sim, N. (2017). Analysing the association between rural farm household health and economic shocks and food security in Bangladesh: a consolidated approach of measuring food security. Poster session presented at the meeting of PowerPoint presentation at 61st Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society's Annual Conference. Brisbane, Qld..
2016 Rupa, J., Ahmed, S., Umberger, W., & Zeng, D. (2016). Analysing the association between rural farm household health and economic shocks and food security in Bangladesh: a consolidated approach of measuring food security. Poster session presented at the meeting of XXIII Agri-food Research Network (AFRN) conference. Adelaide, SA.
2016 Zeng, D., Thomsen, M., & Nayga, R. (2016). Food Desert and Weight Outcome: Disentangling Confounding Mechanisms. Poster session presented at the meeting of Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) 2016 Annual Meeting.
2015 Zeng, D., Thomsen, M., Nayga, R., & Rouse, H. (2015). Supermarket Access and Childhood Obesity: Natural Experiments of Store Openings and Closings. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting.
2013 Zeng, D., Alwang, J., Norton, G., Shiferaw, B., Jaleta, M., & Yirga, C. (2013). Ex-Post Impacts of Improved Maize Varieties on Poverty in Rural Ethiopia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 2013 Annual Meeting.
2012 Zeng, D., You, W., Mills, B., Alwang, J., Royster, M., Studer, K., . . . Zeng, D. (2012). How Much DoWe Know about Rural-Urban Health Disparities: Lessons from Four Major Diseases in Virginia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 2012 Annual Meeting.

Working Paper

Year Citation
2016 Rupa, J. A., Ahmed, S., Umberger, W., Zeng, D., & Sim, N. (2016). Analysing the association between rural farm household health and economic shocks and food security in Bangladesh: a consolidated approach of measuring food security.

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)

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
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
2017 Co-Supervisor The Impact of International Food Trade Policy on Household Nutrients Consumption and Cardiovascular Disease Risks in the Pacific Countries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Phassara Khamthara
2017 Co-Supervisor Globalization, Food Consumption Patterns and Health Outcomes In Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jesmin Ara Rupa
2016 Co-Supervisor Seasonal Variation in Hybrid Seed Adoption, Chili in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Apri Laila Sayekti
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