Ding Fei

Ding Fei
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus


Ding Fei is a development and economic geographer. Her research focuses on the relationship among state, capital and human agency in the uneven process of globalization, and its implications on industrial transformation and local capacity building in the “Global South”. Fei's empirical research examines the variegated construction of local work regimes by globalized Chinese state and private capitals in Ethiopia, with comparative case studies of Chinese companies operating in multiple sectors of overseas investment. Fei earned both of her doctoral and master degrees from the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota.


Ph.D., Geography, University of Minnesota, 2018

M.A., Geography, University of Minnesota, 2013

B.S., Resource Science and Engineering, Beijing Normal Univesrity, 2010

B.A. (dual degree), English Language and Literature, Beijing Normal Univesrity, 2010

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Research Interests

Globalization and Development

Economic and Development Geography

China-Africa Relations

State and State Agency


Critical GIS



Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Liao, C., Brown, D., Fei, D., Long, X., Chen, D., Che, S. Data Biases Undermine Geospatial Inference Based on Location-Based Crowdsourced Data (in press, Transactions in GIS).
  • Fei, D., Samatar, A., Liao, C. 2018. Chinese-African Encounters in High-Tech Sectors: Comparative Investigation of Chinese Workplace Regimes in Ethiopia. Development Policy Review, 36 (S1): O455-O475.
  • Fei, D. 2017. Worlding Developmentalism: Spatiality of China’s Special Zones within and beyond Border. Journal of International Development, published online, doi/10.1002/jid.3277.
  • Liao, C., Fei, D. 2017. Sedentarization as Constrained Adaptation: Evidence from Pastoral Regions in Far Northwestern China. Human Ecology. 45 (1), 23-35.
  • Liao, C., Fei, D. 2017. “Pastoral Adaptations to Socio-Environmental Risks under NGO Interventions in Southern Ethiopia”. The Rangeland Journal. 39 (2), 189-200.
  • Liao, C., Fei, D. 2016. Resilience of What to What: Evidence from Pastoral Contexts in East Africa and Central Asia. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, 4(1), 14-29.
  • Liao, C., Morreale, S. J., Kassam, K.-A. S., Sullivan, P. J., & Fei, D. 2014. Following the Green: Coupled pastoral migration and vegetation dynamics in the Altay and Tianshan Mountains of Xinjiang, China. Applied Geography, 46, 61–70.

Book Chapters and Working Papers

  • Fei, D. 2018. Work, Employment, and Training Through Africa-China Cooperation Zones: Evidence from the Eastern Industrial Zone in Ethiopia. Working Paper No. 2018/19. China Africa Research Initiative, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. 

  • Liao, C., Fei D. 2017. Pastoral Resilience in East Africa and Central Asia. In Chandler, D., Coaffee J. (Ed) Routledge Handbook of International Resilience, 198-210.

  • Fei, D. 2016. Book Review of Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South. By Ananya Roy and Emma Shaw Crane. (Eds.). University of Georgia Press. Southeastern Geographer, 56 (3), 370-373.

Research Activity

  • Graduate Research Assistant, IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series) International Project, Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, 2014 - 2018
  • Summer Fellow, China-Africa Research Initiative, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2016


Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
GIS 341 Cartography&Georepresentation
GCU 432 Geography of China
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
GIS 341 Cartography&Georepresentation
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GIS 270 Stats for Geography & Planning
GIS 341 Cartography&Georepresentation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GCU 432 Geography of China