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Curriculum Vitae | Google Scholar 


  • Food security; Nutrition; School Lunch
  • Child Welfare; Families with Migrant Workers; Distant Parenting
  • Internal and International Migration Policies
  • International Social Welfare; Rural Development


  • International Social and Economic Development Policies and Programs
  • Evaluation of Programs and Policies
  • Qualitative Research Methods; Participatory Research Methods
  • Advanced Statistics

Yiqi Zhu, MSW


Doctoral Candidate in Social Work


Yiqi Zhu’s scholarship aims to develop and support strategies to improve rural families’ well-being in response to rapid globalization, urbanization and modernization. She has conducted research and consultant work on food security, nutritional well-being, and educational attainment with organizations in China, India, and Afghanistan.

Dissertation Research 

Zhu’s dissertation research in China, supported by the Brown School International Dissertation Scholarship, used mixed-methods to analyze the food security and nutritional well-being of families with parents who are migrant workers. She conducted ethnographic research with families living in mountainous regions exploring the underlying factors affecting children’s dietary diversity, health, and educational outcomes. In addition, she used advanced statistical methods to analyze nationally representative data to confirm the qualitative findings.

Beyond Research

Yiqi enjoys teaching students aged from elementary schoolers to graduate students about social justice. She designed and taught nutrition and food security courses to elementary school students. During her Ph.D. study, she has taught international social welfare programs and policies, and courses on qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has a strong passion for practicing sustainable living. Her leisure time is dedicated to hydroponic and organic farming.