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Cambridge Global Food Security

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Yuan He

Subject groups/Research projects

Political Economy of Hunger and Food Supply:

Departments and Institutes

Centre of Development Studies:

Research Interests

Yuan's comparison of China and India, featuring food as a core investigative dimension, examines the local, human impacts of development on the poorest people in both countries, and thus moves beyond the traditional “largest authoritarian country versus the largest democratic” top-down analysis.

During her two-year PhD fieldwork, she focused on understanding why people in poor Chinese and Indian villages continue to suffer from undernourishment and even starvation when both countries are net food exporters with food surplus. Consequently, one of her long-term projects involves studying the multi-dimensional well-being of the most disadvantaged people in rapidly developing countries, and analysing the consequences of development policies from a bottom-up perspective.

Yuan was interviewed for our 'Meet the Researcher' series. READ THE INTERVIEW HERE.

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