Current journal papers

Latest Publications

  • Aziz, N., Ren, Y., Rong, K., & Zhou, J. (2021, 2021/03). Women’s empowerment in agriculture and household food insecurity: Evidence from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan. Land Use Policy, 102, 105249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.105249
  • Kuhn, L., Liu, C., Wang, T., & Luo, R. (2021). Home Environment and Early Development of Rural Children: Evidence from Guizhou Province in China. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(11), 6121. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116121
  • Lyu, J., Prehn, S., Zhang, Y., Glauben, T., & Zeng, Y. (2021, 2021/05/02). Trade creation, political sensitivity and product exclusions: the political economy of agriculture protection in China’s FTAs*. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 65(3), 627-657. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8489.12426
  • Peng, Y.-l., Ren, Y., & Li, H.-j. (2021, 2021/09). Do credit constraints affect households' economic vulnerability? Empirical evidence from rural China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 20(9), 2552-2568. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2095-3119(20)63557-2
  • Ren, Y., Castro Campos, B., Peng, Y., & Glauben, T. (2021). Nutrition Transition with Accelerating Urbanization? Empirical Evidence from Rural China. Nutrients, 13(3), 921. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030921
  • Wen, L., Chatalova, L., Gao, X., & Zhang, A. (2021, 2021/05). Reduction of carbon emissions through resource-saving and environment-friendly regional economic integration: Evidence from Wuhan metropolitan area, China. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 166, 120590. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2021.120590
  • Yu, Q., Xiang, M., Sun, Z., & Wu, W. (2021, 2021/08). The complexity of measuring cropland use intensity: An empirical study. Agricultural Systems, 192, 103180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2021.103180
  • Miao, L., Sun, Z., Ren, Y., Schierhorn, F., & Müller, D. (2020, 2020/10). Grassland greening on the Mongolian Plateau despite higher grazing intensity. Land Degradation & Development, 32(2), 792-802. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3767
  • (Dai et al., 2021; Wen & Chatalova, 2021; Castro Campos et al., 2020; Gao et al., 2020; Liu et al., 2020; Mao et al., 2020; Miao, Li, et al., 2020; Miao, Sun, et al., 2020; Ren, Peng, et al., 2020; Ren, Zhang, et al., 2020; Tao et al., 2020; Wen et al., 2020; Yin et al., 2020; Zhang et al., 2020; Zhong et al., 2020; Liu et al., 2019)
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  • Dai, X., Sun, Z., & Müller, D. (2021, 2021/01). Driving factors of direct greenhouse gas emissions from China’s pig industry from 1976 to 2016. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 20(1), 319-329. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2095-3119(20)63425-6
  • Wen, L., & Chatalova, L. (2021, 2021/01/13). Will Transaction Costs and Economies of Scale Tip the Balance in Farm Size in Industrial Agriculture? An Illustration for Non-Food Biomass Production in Germany. Sustainability, 13(2), 733. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020733
  • Castro Campos, B., Ren, Y., & Loy, J.-P. (2020, 2020/06/19). Scarce Water Resources and Cereal Import Dependency: The Role of Integrated Water Resources Management. Water, 12(6), 1750. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061750
  • Gao, X., Zhang, A., & Sun, Z. (2020, 2020/01). How regional economic integration influence on urban land use efficiency? A case study of Wuhan metropolitan area, China. Land Use Policy, 90, 104329. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104329
  • Liu, H., Sun, Z., Luo, X., Dong, X., & Wu, M. (2020, 2020/05/20). A Spatial-Temporal Analysis of the Effects of Households’ Land-use Behaviors on Soil Available Potassium in Cropland: A Case Study from Urban Peripheral Region in Northeast China. Land, 9(5), 160. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9050160
  • Mao, Q., Ren, Y., & Loy, J.-P. (2020, 2020/09/22). Price bubbles in agricultural commodity markets and contributing factors: evidence for corn and soybeans in China. China Agricultural Economic Review, 13(1), 22-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/caer-10-2019-0190
  • Miao, L., Li, S., Zhang, F., Chen, T., Shan, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2020, 2020/06). Future Drought in the Dry Lands of Asia Under the 1.5 and 2.0 °C Warming Scenarios. Earth's Future, 8(6). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019ef001337
  • Miao, L., Sun, Z., Ren, Y., Schierhorn, F., & Müller, D. (2020, 2020/10). Grassland greening on the Mongolian Plateau despite higher grazing intensity. Land Degradation & Development, 32(2), 792-802. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3767
  • Ren, Y., Peng, Y., Castro Campos, B., & Li, H. (2020, 2020/11/20). Higher minimum wage, better labour market returns for rural migrants? Evidence from China. Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/1331677x.2020.1848607
  • Ren, Y., Zhang, Y., Castro Campos, B., & Loy, J.-P. (2020, 2020/08). Unhealthy consumption behaviors and their intergenerational persistence: The role of education. China Economic Review, 62, 101208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2018.08.004
  • Tao, C., Zhao, Q., Glauben, T., & Ren, Y. (2020). Does Dietary Diversity Reduce the Risk of Obesity? Empirical Evidence from Rural School Children in China. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(21), 8122. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218122
  • Wen, L., Chatalova, L., Butsic, V., Hu, F. Z., & Zhang, A. (2020, 2020/09). Capitalization of land development rights in rural China: A choice experiment on individuals’ preferences in peri-urban Shanghai. Land Use Policy, 97, 104803. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104803
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  • Yin, Q., Hu, J., Sun, Z., Xu, D., Ntim-Amo, G., & Tang, H. (2020, 2020/11/21). Assessing the Viability of Vacant Farmhouse Market in China: A Case Study in Sichuan. Land, 9(11), 467. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9110467
  • Zhang, S., Sun, Z., Ma, W., & Valentinov, V. (2020, 2020/08). The effect of cooperative membership on agricultural technology adoption in Sichuan, China. China Economic Review, 62, 101334. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2019.101334
  • Zhong, J., Kuhn, L., Wang, T., Liu, C., & Luo, R. (2020). The Interrelationships between Parental Migration, Home Environment, and Early Child Development in Rural China: A Cross-Sectional Study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(11), 3862. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113862
  • Liu, C., Zhang, F., Miao, L., Lei, Y., & Yang, Q. (2019, 2019/12/18). Future haze events in Beijing, China: When climate warms by 1.5 and 2.0°C. International Journal of Climatology, 40(8), 3689-3700. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6421

Nutrition, food safety and rural welfare

  • Li, H., Ren, Y., & Wang, X. (2019, 2019). Comparative analysis of the Mechanism of Mediation Effects: Evidence from Farmers' Income and Health. Journal of Agrotechnical 9, 58-72.
  • Ren, Y., Campos, B. C., Loy, J.-P., & Brosig, S. (2019, 2019/08). Low-income and overweight in China: Evidence from a life-course utility model. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 18(8), 1753-1767. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2095-3119(19)62691-2
  • Ren, Y., Li, H., & Wang, X. (2019, 2019/07). Family income and nutrition-related health: Evidence from food consumption in China. Social Science & Medicine, 232, 58-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.04.016
  • Ren, Y., Zhang, Y., Loy, J.-P., & Glauben, T. (2018, 2018/07/30). Food consumption among income classes and its response to changes in income distribution in rural China. China Agricultural Economic Review, 10(3), 406-424. https://doi.org/10.1108/caer-08-2014-0079
  • Huang, J., Peng, B., & Wang, X. (2017, 2017/09/04). Scientists’ attitudes toward agricultural GM technology development and GM food in China. China Agricultural Economic Review, 9(3), 369-384. https://doi.org/10.1108/caer-05-2017-0101
  • Huang, J., Wang, X., & Dang, H. (2017, 2017/09/04). Impacts of and attitudes toward GM technology in China: challenges, policy and research implications. China Agricultural Economic Review, 9(3), 334-339. https://doi.org/10.1108/caer-07-2017-0131
  • Wang, X., Luo, R., Zhang, L., & Rozelle, S. (2017, 2017/01/04). The Education Gap of China’s Migrant Children and Rural Counterparts. The Journal of Development Studies, 53(11), 1865-1881. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2016.1274395
  • Castro Campos, B., Ren, Y., & Petrick, M. (2016, 2016/12). The impact of education on income inequality between ethnic minorities and Han in China. China Economic Review, 41, 253-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2016.10.007
  • Castro Campos, B., Yiu, C. Y., Shen, J., Liao, K. H., & Maing, M. (2016, 2016/01/22). The anticipated housing pathways to homeownership of young people in Hong Kong. International Journal of Housing Policy, 16(2), 223-242. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2015.1130605
  • Kuhn, L., Brosig, S., & Zhang, L. (2016, 2016/04). The Brink of Poverty: Implementation of a Social Assistance Programme in Rural China. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 45(1), 75-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/186810261604500105
  • Ma, W., & Abdulai, A. (2016, 2016/01). Does cooperative membership improve household welfare? Evidence from apple farmers in China. Food Policy, 58, 94-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.12.002
  • Zhao, Q., Brosig, S., Luo, R., Zhang, L., Yue, A., & Rozelle, S. (2016, 2016/11/07). The new rural social pension program in rural China: participation and its correlates. China Agricultural Economic Review, 8(4), 647-661. https://doi.org/10.1108/caer-07-2016-0116

Labor, Migration

  • Castro Campos, B., Liao, K.-H., & Yiu, E. C. Y. (2018, 2018/03/29). The Displacement Risks and Impacts of Hong Kong’s Nonindigenous Villagers: A Grounded Theory Analysis. Urban Affairs Review, 55(6), 1646-1665. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087418766607
  • Wang, X., Huang, J., & Rozelle, S. (2017, 2017/02). Off-farm employment and agricultural specialization in China. China Economic Review, 42, 155-165. doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2016.09.004
  • Ma, W., & Abdulai, A. (2016, 2016/01). Does cooperative membership improve household welfare? Evidence from apple farmers in China. Food Policy, 58, 94-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.12.002
  • Wang, X., Han, L., Huang, J., Zhang, L., & Rozelle, S. (2016, 2016/05). Gender and Off-farm Employment: Evidence from Rural China. China & World Economy, 24(3), 18-36. https://doi.org/10.1111/cwe.12156
  • Ma, X., Heerink, N., van Ierland, E., & Shi, X. (2014, 2014/06/25). Land tenure insecurity and rural-urban migration in rural China. Papers in Regional Science, 95(2), 383-406. https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12129

Agricultural structure, production and markets

Natural resource use

  • Wen, L., Chatalova, L., Butsic, V., Hu, F. Z., & Zhang, A. (2020, 2020/09). Capitalization of land development rights in rural China: A choice experiment on individuals’ preferences in peri-urban Shanghai. Land Use Policy, 97, 104803. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104803
  • Zhang, S., Sun, Z., Ma, W., & Valentinov, V. (2020, 2020/08). The effect of cooperative membership on agricultural technology adoption in Sichuan, China. China Economic Review, 62, 101334. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2019.101334
  • Yu, C., Huang, X., Chen, H., Godfray, H. C. J., Wright, J. S., Hall, J. W., Gong, P., Ni, S., Qiao, S., Huang, G., Xiao, Y., Zhang, J., Feng, Z., Ju, X., Ciais, P., Stenseth, N. C., Hessen, D. O., Sun, Z., Yu, L., Cai, W., Fu, H., Huang, X., Zhang, C., Liu, H., & Taylor, J. (2019, 2019/02/28). Managing nitrogen to restore water quality in China. Nature, 567(7749), 516-520. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1001-1
  • Zhang, L., Sun, Z., & Zhang, S. (2019). Transformation and development of characteristic agriculture under the background of supply-side reform: A case study of bee industry. Research of Agricultural Modernization, 40(01), 63-71.
  • Ma, M., Wang, H., Jia, P., Liu, R., Hong, Z., Labriola, L. G., Hong, Y., & Miao, L. (2018, 2018/01/11). Investigation of inducements and defenses of flash floods and urban waterlogging in Fuzhou, China, from 1950 to 2010. Natural Hazards, 91(2), 803-818. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-017-3156-0
  • Miao, L., Sun, Z., Cui, X., & Veuthey, J. (2018, 2018/06). Wake up “boiling frogs”: a study on animal husbandry under climate change in Northern China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 77(12). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-018-7639-4
  • Yin, F., Sun, Z., You, L., & Müller, D. (2018, 2018/09/03). Increasing concentration of major crops in China from 1980 to 2011. Journal of Land Use Science, 13(5), 480-493. https://doi.org/10.1080/1747423x.2019.1567838
  • Yin, Q., Tang, H., Ran, R., & Sun, Z. (2018, 2018/08/09). Supporting capacity and structural optimization of water resources in the oasis city of Urumqi, China. Water Policy, 20(6), 1112-1128. https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2018.192
  • Yu, C., Huang, X., Chen, H., Huang, G., Ni, S., Wright, J. S., Hall, J., Ciais, P., Zhang, J., Xiao, Y., Sun, Z., Wang, X., & Yu, L. (2018, 2018/05). Assessing the Impacts of Extreme Agricultural Droughts in China Under Climate and Socioeconomic Changes. Earth's Future, 6(5), 689-703. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017ef000768
  • Miao, L., Müller, D., Cui, X., & Ma, M. (2017). Changes in vegetation phenology on the Mongolian Plateau and their climatic determinants. PloS one, 12(12), e0190313-e0190313. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190313
  • Sun, Z., Herzfeld, T., Aarnoudse, E., Yu, C., & Disse, M. (2017). Water and Agriculture in China: Status, Challenges and Options for Action Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germnay. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313798625_Water_and_Agriculture_in_China_Status_Challenges_and_Options_for_Action
  • Aarnoudse, E., Qu, W., Bluemling, B., & Herzfeld, T. (2016, 2016/10/12). Groundwater quota versus tiered groundwater pricing: two cases of groundwater management in north-west China. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33(6), 917-934. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2016.1240069
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