Dr. Zhenzhong Si is the Project Manager of the MiFOOD Project that examines the interactions between migration and food security in the Global South. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Through the Hungry Cities Partnership, Zhenzhong investigates the dynamics of urban food systems in Nanjing, China with a particular focus on the role of wet markets in urban food security and its interactions with modern food outlets, household food security status and policies for food provisioning. Zhenzhong also works on the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant project that studies agroecology’s potential for achieving the SDGs, and the SSHRC-funded project about COVID-19’s impacts on food security in China. His doctoral research examined the recent development of ecological agriculture and alternative food networks in China. It focused on the dynamic relationship between the state and civil society actors that shapes the sustainability transition of China’s food system. He published papers in development and agrifood themed journals and co-authored the book Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom-up Ecological Initiatives. Zhenzhong also co-edited a special journal issue (“China’s Changing Food System”) in Canadian Journal of Development Studies and a special issue (“Urban Food Deserts: Perspectives from the Global South”) in Sustainability.
Project Manager, MiFood Project
- Zhenzhong Si and Steffanie Scott. 2020. Employing an agroecological approach to achieve sustainable development goals: A case study from China. In C. D. Cadwell and S. Wang (eds) Introduction to Agroecology. Singapore: Springer, pp. 313-333.
- Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, Weiping Chen, Tony Fuller and Steffanie Scott. 2020. What makes a CSA a CSA? A framework for comparing CSAs with cases of Canada and China. Canadian Food Studies, 7(1): 64-87.
- Zhenzhong Si. 2019. Shifting from Industrial Agriculture to Diversified Agroecological Systems in China. The Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship Series. UK: Coventry University.
- Zhenzhong Si, Yanyan Li, Ping Fang and Li Zhou. 2019. ‘One Family, Two Systems’: Food safety crisis as a catalyst for agrarian changes in Rural China. Journal of Rural Studies, 69: 87-96.
- Zhenzhong Si and Steffanie Scott. 2019. China’s changing food system: Top-down and bottom-up forces in food system transformations. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 40(1): 1-11.
- Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott and Cameron McCordic. 2019. Wet markets, supermarkets and alternative food sources: Consumers’ food access in Nanjing, China. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 40(1): 78-96.
- Taiyang Zhong, Zhenzhong Si, Jonathan Crush, Steffanie Scott and Xianjin Huang. 2019. Achieving urban food security through a hybrid public-private food provisioning system: The case of Nanjing, China. Food Security, 11(5): 1071-1086.
- Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, and Aijuan Chen. 2018. Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom-up Ecological Initiatives. New York: Routledge.
- Zhenzhong Si, Jenelle Regnier-Davies and Steffanie Scott. 2018. Food safety in daily lives: Perceptions and coping strategies of urban residents in Nanjing, China. China Information, 32(3): 377-399.
- Zhenzhong Si. 2017. Rebuilding consumer trust in food: Community supported agriculture in China. In Jessica Duncan and Megan Bailey (eds.) Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutions. Routledge, pp. 34-45.
- Zhenzhong Si and Steffanie Scott. 2016. The convergence of alternative food networks within ‘rural development’ initiatives: A case of the New Rural Reconstruction Movement in China. Local Environment, 21(9): 1082-1099.
- Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas and Steffanie Scott. 2015. Characterizing alternative food networks in China. Agriculture and Human Values, 32(2): 299-313.
- Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas and Aijuan Chen. 2014. Contradictions in China’s path to zero food safety risk: State- and civil society-driven developments in the ecological agriculture sector. Food Policy, 45(2): 158-166.