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 China's globalization, and its implications for 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.

Education

Ph.D., Geography, University of Minnesota

M.A., Geography, University of Minnesota

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

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

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Research Interests

Globalization and Development

China-Africa Relations

Labor

Firm Internationalization

State and State Agency

Critical GIS

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Fei, D. Negotiating Chineseness: Incorporating Critical Reflection into Workplace Research on Chinese Companies in Ethiopia. Area. Forthcoming.
  • Fei, D., Liao, C. China’s Eastern Industrial Zone in Ethiopia: Unpacking the Enclave. Third World Quarterly. Forthcoming.
  • Liao, C., Fei, D. 2019. Poverty Reduction through Photovoltaic-Based Development Intervention in China: Potentials and Constraints. World Development, 122: 1-10.
  • Liao, C., Brown, D., Fei, D., Long, X., Chen, D., Che, S. 2018. Data Biases Undermine Geospatial Inference Based on Location-Based Crowdsourced Data. Transactions in GIS. 22 (6): 1351-1371.
  • 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. (Top 20 most read paper 2017-2018)
  • Fei, D. 2017. Worlding Developmentalism: Spatiality of China’s Special Zones within and beyond Border. Journal of International Development. 29 (6): 825-850.
  • 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.

Courses

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