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 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.


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

Economic Globalization

International Development

Political Economy

Capital-Labor Relations

South-South Migration

China-Africa Cooperation


Refereed Journal Articles

Fei, D. 2020. Networked Internationalization: Chinese Companies in Ethiopia’s Infrastructure Construction Sector. The Professional Geographer. Published online.

Fei, D. 2020. Employee Management Strategies of Chinese Telecommunication Companies in Ethiopia: Half-Way Localization and Internationalization. Journal of Contemporary China. https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2020.1852740

Fei, D. 2020. The Compound Labor Regime of Chinese Construction Projects in Ethiopia. Geoforum. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.08.013

Liao, C. Fei, D. Huang, Q.X., Jiang, Lu., & Shi, P.J.  2020. Targeted Poverty Alleviation through Photovoltaic-Based Intervention: Rhetoric and Reality in Qinghai, China. World Development. Published online. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105117

Fei, D. 2020. Variegated Work Regimes of Chinese Investment in Ethiopia. World Development. Published online. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105049

Fei, D. 2020. Chinese Telecommunications Companies in Ethiopia: The Influences of Host Government Intervention and Inter-firm Competition. The China Quarterly. Published online: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741020000417.

Fei, D. 2020. Negotiating Chineseness: Incorporating Critical Reflection into Workplace Research on Chinese Companies in Ethiopia. Area. Published online: https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12607

Fei, D., Liao, C. 2019. China’s Eastern Industrial Zone in Ethiopia: Unpacking the Enclave. Third World Quarterly. Published online: https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2019.1694844.

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. Retrieved from http://www. sais-cari.org/publications.

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.

Book Reviews

Fei, D. 2020. Book Review of China in Ethiopia: The long-term perspective. By Aaron Tesfaye. State University of New York Press. China Quarterly. Forthcoming.

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.


Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
GIS 341 Cartography&Georepresentation
GCU 432 Geography of China
GCU 496 Geographic Research Methods
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
GIS 341 Cartography&Georepresentation
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
GIS 270 Stats for Geography & Planning
GIS 341 Cartography&Georepresentation
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