Our research team monitors and examines China's changing food system and its implications for food security, food safety, and environmental health within China and beyond. From field to table, we characterize transitions happening at each stage of the food supply chain in China, and investigate the drivers of and barriers to stimulating positive transitions to create a more sustainable food system. With a broad focus on issues such as the informal food sector, small food enterprises, food safety, new food retail, and ethical food consumption, we try to develop a comprehensive understanding of food system transitions, and delineate its complexity by studying major food issues and their interrelations. 

Our research is based on two research grants:

See our studies particularly in ecological agriculture by visiting the Ecological Agriculture in China website.

See our collaboration with Hungry Cities Partnership.

  1. Apr. 16, 2020Our books
  2. Mar. 16, 2020Zhenzhong Si interviewed about COVID-19

    Zhenzhong Si was interviewed recently by the following media outlets about China's wet markets and the COVID-19 outbreak:

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We are currently facilitating a LinkedIn group called China’s Changing Food System, and we welcome people with diverse backgrounds to participate in the discussion.

Meet our people

Steffanie Scott


Steffanie Scott is Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Management in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She is past president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies, and is engaged in research on sustainable food systems in China and Canada. Her current research examines the different pathways to ecological agriculture development in Nanjing, China, including both industrialized large-scale and small scale entrepreneurial ecological food production and related initiatives. Her research has documented the emergence of the ecological agriculture sector and alternative food networks in China. She is also researching the urban food system and urban food security in Nanjing, China through the Hungry Cities Partnership. With Zhenzhong Si, she co-founded the LinkedIn group, China’s Changing Food System.