Ding Fei

Ding Fei
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

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”. Ding’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. Ding earned both of her doctoral and master degrees from the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota.

Education

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

Labor

Critical GIS

Ethiopia

Publications

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

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GCU 432 Geography of China

Presentations

  • Fei, D. Zone-based Ethiopia-China cooperation: new forms of territorialization? Spatial Expressions of China-Africa Relations. Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network Conference, Brussels, Belgium, June, 2018
  • Fei, D. Worlding Developmentalism through Economic Zones: Views from the Eastern Industrial Zone of Ethiopia. China's BRI - Scope and scale: How (or if) Africa and Latin America fit within the BRI. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April, 2018
  • Fei, D. Panelist. Industrial and Human Capital Development Initiatives in Africa. Yale Africa-China Conferences, Beijing, China, November, 2017.
  • Fei, D. Skills Development in the Eastern Industrial Zone of Ethiopia: A Local Labor Perspective. African Agency Perspectives: Special Economic Zones, Agricultural Modernization and Industrial Cooperation. Beijing Forum, Beijing, China, November, 2017.
  • Fei, D., Liao, C. Chinese Dispatched Labor Migration to Africa. Migration, Urbanization, Population, Development, and Environment. Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April, 2017
  • Fei, D. Comparative Investigations into Chinese Workplaces in Ethiopia: Office Buildings, Open Streets, and Industrial Parks. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development Grant Talk, Minneapolis, MN, January, 2017
  • FeiD. Mapping Researcher Subjectivity for Conducting Field-based Studies on Chinese Workplace Regimes in Ethiopia. Understanding Researcher Subjectivity in the Context of Africa-China Encounters: Attending to Intersectionality. Annual Meeting of African Studies Association (ASA), Washington D.C., December, 2016
  • Fei, D. China-Africa Cooperation: State Strategies, Corporate Practices, and Individual Perceptions. Localization Lecture Hall, Ethiopian Branch of ZTE Corporation, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October, 2016
  • Fei, D. China-Africa Cooperation in High-Tech Companies: Comparative Labor Experiences. GES Brown Day Student Presentation. Minneapolis, MN, April, 2016
  • Fei, D. Chinese Workplaces in Ethiopia: Comparative Local Labor Perspectives. Chinese Enterprises in Africa-Perceptions and Practices. Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network Conference, Nairobi, August, 2016
  • Fei, D. Spatiality of Chinas Special Zones within and beyond Border. Topics in East Asia. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2016
  • Fei, D. China-Africa Cooperation: Histories, Dynamics, and Geo-Economic Implications. Guest Lecture, GEOG 294-02 Geography of Asia, Macalester College, Minneapolis, December, 2015
  • Fei, D., Liao, C. Development through Assimilation and Integration? Evidence from Kazak Pastoral Sedentarization in China. Population, Development and Environment. Population Association of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2015.
  • Fei, D. Labor Relations in Chinese Companies in Ethiopia. China in Africa: Current Situation and Future Perspectives. Afrika! Week Panel Discussion, Macalester College, Minneapolis, April 2015.
  • Fei, D. China-Africa Cooperation in High-Tech Companies: Comparative Labor Experiences. BRICS in Africa: Shifting Geographies of South-South Cooperation. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2015
  • Fei, D. Labor Relations in Chinese Construction Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Development and Space at China's Frontiers. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 2014

Honors/Awards

Grants and Fellowships

  • Research/Travel Funds, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2014 - 2018
  • GES Conference Travel Grants, University of Minnesota, 2014 - 2018
  • Conference Travel Grants, Minnesota Population Center, 2018, 2016, 2015
  • Conference Travel Funds, Beijing Forum, 2017
  • Summer Fellowship, China-Africa Research Initiative, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2016 
  • Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network Conference Travel Funds, 2016 
  • Department of Geography, Environment and Society Travel Grant, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Department of Geography, Environment and Society Departmental Summer Funding, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • International Travel Grant, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Summer Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Student Paper Runner-up, Asian Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2018
  • Graduate Student Paper Award, Urban Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2016
  • Gary Gaile Travel Award, Development Geographies Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2016 
  • Outstanding Service Award, Minnesota Population Center, 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award, China Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2015

Professional Associations

American Association of Geographers

Specialty Groups: Development Geography, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science, China Geography, Asia Geography, and Africa Geography

African Studies Association

Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network

Population Association of America

Minnesota Population Center

Service

  • Session Co-chair (with Prof. Han Huamei). Understanding Researcher Subjectivity in the Context of Africa-China Encounters: Attending to Intersectionality. Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, Washington D.C., December, 2016
  • Student Representative. Development Geographies Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 2016 – 2018.
  • Session Chair. Topics on China/East Asia, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April, 2016
  • Session Co-organizer/Judge (with Prof. David Edgington). CGSG Special Poster/Illustrated Paper Session, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April, 2016
  • Student Representative. China Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 2015 – 2016.
  • Session Co-organizer (with Meredith DeBoom). BRICS in Africa, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April, 2015