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Zhenzhong Si is a human geographer with broad research interests in sustainable food systems, alternative food networks, food security, food safety and rural development initiatives. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Hungry Cities Partnership COVID-19 and Food Security in China Project at the BSIA. He co-authored the book Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom-up Ecological Initiatives. His doctoral research examined the emerging alternative food networks in China, their roles in sustainable rural development and their interactions with the state. He is also facilitating a LinkedIn Discussion Group “China’s Changing Food System”.


  • 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 and Steffanie Scott. (forthcoming) “China’s Changing Food System: Top-down and Bottom-up Forces in Food System Transformations.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
  • Zhenzhong Si, Ning Dai, and Danshu Qi. 2018. “An Overview of Critical Issues of Alternative Food Networks in the Global Context.” China Agricultural University Journal of Social Sciences Edition. 35(4): 127-136. (in Chinese)
  • Taiyang Zhong, Zhenzhong Si, Jonathan Crush, Zhiying Xu, Xianjin Huang, Steffanie Scott, Shuangshuang Tang, and Xiang Zhang. 2018. “The Impact of Proximity to Wet Markets and Supermarkets on Household Dietary Diversity in Nanjing City, China.” Sustainability. Online first.
  • Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott, and Cameron McCordic. 2018. “Wet Markets, Supermarkets and Alternative Food Sources: Consumers’ Food Access in Nanjing, China.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Online first.
  • Zhenzhong Si, Jenelle Regnier-Davies, and Steffanie Scott. 2017. “Food Safety in Daily Lives: Perceptions and Coping Strategies of Urban Residents in Nanjing, China.” China Information, 32(3): 377-399.
  • 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.
  • Raymond Yu Wang, Zhenzhong Si (corresponding author), Cho Nam NG, and Steffanie Scott. 2015. “The Transformation of Trust in China’s Alternative Food Networks: Disruption, Reconstruction and Development.” Ecology and Society, 20(2): article19.
  • 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.
  • Jodi Koberinski, Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott. (upcoming) “Food Safety and Urban Food Security in the Global South.” In Jonathan Crush (ed) Elgar Handbook on Food Security in Cities of the Global South.
  • Geoff Luehr, Alesandros Glaros, Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott. (upcoming) “Urban Agriculture in Chinese Cities: Practices, Motivations and Challenges.” In Alec Thornton (ed) Urban Food Democracy and Governance in North and South. International Political Economy Series (IPE) Palgrave.
  • 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.

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