Wanqing Zhou, Research Associate, Food and Agriculture Program

Contact Information
Department: Research
Title: Research Associate, Food and Agriculture Program
Email: WZhou@worldwatch.org
Phone: +1 (202) 452-1992

Research Associate

Wanqing Zhou is a Research Associate in the Food and Agriculture Programat the Worldwatch Institute. She joined Worldwatch in 2012 as an intern in the China Program. Her current research interests include the global expansion of industrial animal farming practices, its impacts and alternatives. She tries to connect the economic, social and environmental realms of the livestock issue and explore local solutions with a vision of sustainability. She works closely with innovative participants in the food and agriculture industries, government officials, non-profit organizations and scholars. She is also part of an international network on sustainable livestock production and dietary shift.

Prior to joining the Food and Agriculture Program in 2015, Wanqing worked with Brighter Green, a sustainability policy action tank in New York, where she developed the research idea on the international dynamics in the livestock and feed industry, and led a screening tour of Brighter Green’s documentary What’s For Dinner?across tens of cities in China. Wanqing also studied the gender-climate issue atthe Alliance to Save Energy,participated in the pre-study of Beijing’s emission trading system pilot with China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), and worked on freshwater ecosystem conservation at the World Wide Fund for Nature – China Programme Office as an intern.

Wanqing holds a B.S. in Biotechnology and Ecology from the University of Hong Kong, and an M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Japanese.


Selected Publications

“The Triangle: Factory Farming in the U.S., China and Brazil.” Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption. (Summary)

Vital Signs Online

Genetically Modified Crop Industry Continues to Expand.” March 24, 2015.

Worldwatch Blogs

China Takes Greater Steps to Reduce Climate-Altering Emissions.” September 16, 2014.

Curtailed Wind to Curtail Coal Heating in China: A Double Advantage?” April 22, 2013.

Suntech May Set, But Solar Will Still Grow.” Co-authored with Haibing Ma. March 28, 2013.

Will New Policies Bring a Brighter Future for China’s Renewable Sector?” March 14, 2013.

Unsustainable Practices Are Eroding China’s Green Achievement.” Co-authored with Haibing Ma. January 30, 2013.

Brighter Green Blogs

Crossing the Equator: What’s for Christmas Dinner?” December 23, 2014.

China Elaborates Law to Enhance Food Safety.” May 28, 2013.

Updates on the Avian Flu, and Will It Foster Change in China’s Animal Farming System?” May 2, 2013.

When Anti-Waste Becomes A Movement in China.” April 4, 2013.

Antibiotics in Pig Farming: How We Poisoned Ourselves.” March 12, 2013.

Food Waste and Recycling in China: Too Easy, Too Hard.” February 7, 2013.