Ms Ding Fei

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feixx017@umn.edu

Geography
Room 414 SocSci

267 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, expected 2018.
  • M.A.: Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2013.
  • B.S.: Resources Science and Engineering, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 2010.
  • B.A. (double major): English Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 2010.

Specialties

  • Globalization and Development
  • China in Africa
  • Labor
  • Critical GIS
Courses Taught
  • Lab Instructor, GEOG 3511/5511 Principles of Cartography
  • Lab Instructor, GEOG 3561 Principles of GIS
  • Lab Instructor, GEOG 1403 Biogeography of Global Gardens
  • Teaching Assistant, GEOG 3371 Cities, Citizens, and Communities
  • Teaching Assistant, GEOG 3605/5605 Geographical Perspectives on Planning
  • Teaching Assistant, GEOG 3401 Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Poster Presenter. “Always On-the- Move: Chinese Transnational Workers in Africa”: Migration, Urbanization, Population, Development, and Environment. Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. , April, 2017
  • Paper Presenter. “Mapping Researcher Subjectivity for Conducting Field-based Studies on Chinese Workplace Regimes in Ethiopia”.: Understanding Researcher Subjectivity in the Context of Africa-China Encounters: Attending to Intersectionality. Annual Meeting of African Studies Association. Washington D.C. , December, 2016
  • Guest Speaker: "China-Africa Cooperation: State Strategies, Corporate Practices, and Individual Perceptions". Localization Lecture Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia , October, 2016
  • Panelist: Chinese Enterprises in Africa-Perceptions and Practices. Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Conference, Nairobi, Kenya , August, 2016
  • GES Brown Day Student Presentation: Minneapolis, MN , April, 2016
  • Student Representative, Development Geographies Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers: 2016 - 2018
  • Student Representative, China Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers: 2015 - 2016
  • Poster Presenter, “Development through Assimilation and Integration? Evidence from Kazak Pastoral Sedentarization in Xinjiang, China.”: Migration and Urbanization / Population, Development, and the Environment, Population Association of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA , 2015
  • Paper Presenter, "China-Africa Cooperation in High-Tech Companies: Comparative Labor Experiences": BRICS in Africa, Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers at Chicago, IL , 2015
  • Panelist, China in Africa: Current Situation and Future Perspectives: Africa Week 2015, Macalester College, MN , 2015
  • Paper Presenter, "Labor Relations within Chinese Construction Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa": Development and Space at China's Frontiers II, Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers at Tampa, FL , 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, Environment and Society: 2010 - 2014

Research

  • Summer Fellow, China Africa Research Initiative: School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
  • Graduate Research Assistant, IPUMS-International, Minnesota Population Center: Job duties include but not limited to utilizing GIS and statistical packages to integrate, update, document, and analyze international geography boundaries and census microdata., 2014 - current
  • Pre-dissertation fieldwork in Ethiopia: 2014, 2013
  • Master Thesis fieldwork in northern Xinjiang, China: Conducted household surveys, semi-structured interviews and participatory mapping with 159 Kazak pastoral households to study the impacts of government-enforced settlement projects on household livelihoods transformation, 2011
Publications
  • Fei, D., Samatar, A. I., Liao, C. (2017). Chinese-African Encounters in High-Tech Sectors: Comparative Investigation of Chinese Workplace Regimes in Ethiopia. Development Policy Review, Link
  • Liao, C., Fei, D. (2017). Pastoral Adaptations to Socio-Environmental Risks under NGO Interventions in Southern Ethiopia. The Rangeland Journal, published online, Link
  • Fei, D. (2017). Worlding Developmentalism: Spatiality of China’s Special Zones within and beyond Border. Journal of International Development, published online, Link
  • Liao, C., Fei, D. (2017). Sedentarization as Constrained Adaptation: Evidence from Pastoral Regions in Far Northwestern China. Human Ecology, published online, Link
  • Fei, D. (2016). Review of Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South, Roy, A. and Crane, E. S. (Eds). Southeastern Geographers, 56 (3), 370-373. Link
  • Liao, C., Fei D. (2016). Pastoral Resilience in East Africa and Central Asia. In Chandler, D., Coaffee J. (Ed) Routledge Handbook of International Resilience, 198-210.
  • 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. Link
  • Liao, C., Morreale, S., Kassam, K.-A., Sullivan, P., 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. Link
Awards
  • GES Travel Funds, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, 2016, also 2011
  • International Travel Grant, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Graduate Student Paper Award, Urban Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2016
  • Gary Gaile Travel Award, Development Geographies Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2016
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota Graduate School, 2016
  • Conference Travel Funds, Minnesota Population Center, 2016, also 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award, Minnesota Population Center, 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award, China Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2015
  • Research/Travel Funds, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2016, also 2015, 201
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2014