Postcolonial world order, Postcolonial development cooperation
Irvine, California (United States of America)
Dr Zhang uses ethnographic methods to research food sovereignty, rural politics, gender and ethnic identities and sustainable development. She is co-editor of the Research Report on Rural Revitalization in China, 2018-2019, the first nationwide research report on the Chinese government’s current top priority domestic policy, and she has published various journal articles on democracy and socialist theory, ecological agriculture, urban farming and the contradictions between top-down regulations and bottom-up responses to China’s food safety crisis. Her new research projects include an investigation of the new inequalities between urban and rural populations in China structured in terms of health, female leadership and the new feminism emerging in China, which she conceptualises alongside food sovereignty as forms of “quiet social movements”. Dr Zhang further researches the transnational connections between traditional Chinese peasant farming and the global movement for agroecology and food sovereignty.