Dr Di Zeng

Dr Di Zeng
  Org Unit Ctr Global Food & Resources
  Email di.zeng@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 6226
  Location Floor/Room 6 24 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace

Di is an applied economist with research experience in agricultural development, food and health economics, and natural resource management. His previous work addresses issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the United States. His research aims to disentangle the complicated mechanisms linking food, health, natural resources and economic development from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Before joining the Centre for Global Food and Resources, Di has worked extensively with CGIAR centres in Africa and Europe as well as governmental agencies in the United States. His work has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and several state government agencies in the United States. He has taught advanced impact evaluation methods to doctoral-level economists from several CGIAR centres.

Di's current research topics include:

  • Agricultural development and welfare outcomes in developing countries
  • Food access, food choice and health consequences
  • Mechanisms generating and related to health disparities
  • Natural resource management with economic-ecosystem tradeoffs


PhD, Virginia Tech (2014)

  • Agricultural development
  • Food and health economics
  • Economic-ecological tradeoff
  • Natural resource management
  • Impact evaluation in social sciences


Book chapters and reports

  • Zeng, D., J. Alwang, G.W. Norton, B. Shiferaw, M. Jaleta, and C. Yirga. 2015. Maize technologies and rural poverty reduction in Ethiopia. Chapter 15 in T. Walker and J. Alwang (Eds.), Crop Improvement, Adoption, and impact of Improved Varieties in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa. UK: CABI Publishing.
  • Zeng, D., J. Alwang, G.W. Norton, B. Shiferaw, M. Jaleta, and C. Yirga. 2014. Improved Maize Varieties and Poverty in Rural Ethiopia (Green Cover Report). CGIAR, Rome, Italy.
  • Zeng, D., B. Mills, and J. Alwang. 2011. Health Inequality in Virginia: A Technical Report for the 2011 Health Equity Report. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA.

Refereed journal articles (since 2015)

  • Kassie, M., P. Marenya, Y. Tessema, M. Jaleta, D. Zeng, O. Erenstein, D.B. Rahut. Measuring farm and market level economic impacts of improved maize production technologies in Ethiopia: Evidence from panel data. Journal of Agricultural Economics. In press. 
  • Zeng, D., J. Alwang, G.W. Norton, B. Shiferaw, M. Jaleta, and C. Yirga. 2017. Agricultural technology adoption and child nutrition enhancement: improved maize varieties in Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics 48: 573-586.
  • Zeng, D., M.R. Thomsen, R.M. Nayga, Jr., and H.L. Rouse. 2016. Middle school transition and bodyweight outcomes: evidence from Arkansas public schoolchildren.Economics & Human Biology 21: 64-74.
  • Huang, Z., D. Zeng, and J. Wang. 2016. Factors affecting Chinese broiler farmers’ main preventive practices in response to highly pathogenic avian influenza. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 134: 153-159.
  • Zeng, D., W. You, B.F. Mills, J. Alwang, M. Royster and R. Anson-Dwamena. 2015. A closer look at the rural-urban health disparities: insights from four major diseases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Social Science & Medicine 140: 62-68.
  • Zeng, D., J. Alwang, G.W. Norton, B. Shiferaw, M. Jaleta, and C. Yirga. 2015. Ex-post impacts of improved maize varieties on poverty in rural Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics 46: 515-526.
  • Huang, W., D. Zeng and S. Zhou. 2015. Welfare impacts of modern peanut technologies in China. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 54(3): 219-236.


Agricultural & Applied Economic Association (AAEA)

Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)

Agricultural Economics Society (AES)

International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

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