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Ms Pei Jiang

Ms Pei Jiang

PhD student

Pei is interested in socioecological resilience and political ecology of agricultural landscape. Her current research examines millet cultivation in Aohan, China.



  • October 2019-present: PhD Student in Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • September 2017-June 2019: Master in Sociology, Renmin University of China.
  • September 2013-June 2017: BA in Sociology, China Agricultural University.


  • 2019. Master in Law. Renmin University of China
  • 2017. BA in Law. China Agricultural University.

Awards and scholarships

  • National Scholarship for Graduate Student, 2018, Ministry of Education, China
  • National Scholarship for Undergraduate Student, 2016, Ministry of Education, China
  • National Scholarship for Undergraduate Student, 2015, Ministry of Education, China


Millet is naturally drought and heat tolerant, and are able to quickly grow in barren lands. It also releases less greenhouse gases, which has the potential for alleviating global warming. For these traits, millet is regarded as one of the most suitable crops for food and nutrient security, especially when faced with water scarcity. Millet has a long history in Africa and Asia; however, now it has been displaced by high water demanding cash crops in many regions. Those cash crops consume a large amount of water and transform the original landscape. Many believe that rehabilitation of millet would alleviate ecological deterioration and increase ecological resilience. Therefore, I would like to make a 'thick description' of millet to analyse a series of questions, such as what type of community does millet foster? How has the plant been cultivated and traded? What sort of factors work in the process? Could grow millet lead to socioecological resilience in the local context?

These questions centre around the combination and coevolution of social and agroecological systems, rather than a single aspect such as policy, market or institution. My PhD research will focus on Aohan Banner, Chifeng City, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. It is a place of particularity which is regarded as the hometown of the millet ancestors in the world. Nevertheless, it is also a place like many other areas in China, which are shocked by globalisation, industrialisation and commodification: conventional techniques are fading away, the number of traditional breeds is declining, fewer farmers are engaging in millet growing, while high-yield varieties are introduced and output is rising. In light of these changes, the local government had already initiated a plan to conserve seeds of endangered millets since the year 2013. My goal of the PhD project intends to use this case study to seek answers and contribution to those aforementioned questions and theories.


Journal articles

  • Qin, H., Lu, C., Jiang, P., and Gao, X. (2019). A Comparative Review of American Environmental and Natural Resource Sociologies: Also, on the Sociology of Environmental and Resource Sociology (in Chinese). Sociological Review of China, (3), 84-96.
  • Jiang, P. (2017). Thirsty terrace: distribution and management of water resource in Wangjinzhuang Village (in Chinese). China Agricultural University Journal of Social Sciences Edition, (6), 95-102.

Book chapters

  • Oral history of Wu, Y. and Wu, X. (in Chinese) in A remaining sign of village past: the oral history of Nihegou Village, Jiaxian County, Shaanxi Province. (2018). Sun, Q.(ed). Shanghai: Tongji University Press. pp.111-114, 233-237.
  • The chapters of Local Terrain, Human Settlements, Family of Wu and Story of Cave Dwelling in Nihegou Village (in Chinese) in A community connected by the serendipity of Chinese date: the cultural record of Nihegou Village, Jiaxian County, Shaanxi Province. (2018). Sun, Q.(ed). Shanghai: Tongji University Press. pp.30-31, 37-56, 77-87.
  • Photo caption (in Chinese) in A memory of left-behind countryside: the fleeting view of Nihegou Village, JiaxianCounty, Shaanxi Province. (2018). Sun, Q.(ed). Shanghai: Tongji University Press.
  • Oral history of Prof. Chen, G., Prof. He, H. and Dr. Pan, L. (in Chinese) in Expectation and retrospection: the oral history of Department of Sociology, CAU. (2015). Zhu, Q.(ed). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press. pp 1-24, 140-166, 392-410.