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Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters


Zinda, John A., Ziyu Zhao, James Zhang, Lindy B. Williams, David L. Kay, and Sarah M. Alexander, and Libby Zemaitis. 2023. How Homeownership, Race, and Social Connections Influence Flood Preparedness Measures: Evidence from 2 Small U.S. Cities. Forthcoming in Environmental Sociology.

Zinda, John A. 2023. Unpacking Authoritarian Environmental Governance: Gauging Authoritarian Elaboration in China and Beyond. Forthcoming in Sociology of Development.

Li, Yifei and John A. Zinda. 2023. Authoritarian Environmental Governance in East Asia: 7 Theses. Forthcoming in Sociology of Development.

Zhu, Yuanyuan, John A. Zinda, Qin Liu, Yukuan Wang, Bin Fu, and Ming Li. 2023. Accessibility of Primary Schools in Rural Areas and the Impact of Topography: A Case Study in Nanjiang County, China. Land 12(6):1134.


Zinda, John A., and Amit Anshumali. 2022. How Gender Dynamics Shape Off-Farm Work in Upland Southwest China. Rural Sociology 87(4):1244-1273. Available here

Zinda, John A., James Zhang, Lindy B. Williams, David L. Kay, and Sarah M. Alexander, and Libby Zemaitis. 2022. Different Hazards, Different Responses: Assessments of Flooding and COVID-19 Risks among Upstate New York Residents. Socius 8:1-20.

Zhuang, Hao, John A. Zinda, and James P. Lassoie. 2022. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Power’: A 25-Year Strategic Advocacy Voyage of an Environmental NGO in China. The Journal of Environment & Development 31(4): 331-351.


Zinda, John A., Lindy B. Williams, David L. Kay, and Sarah M. Alexander. 2021. Flood Risk Perception and Responses among Urban Residents in the Northeastern United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 64:102528.

Alonzo, Michael, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Paulo J. Murillo-Sandoval, Cara E. Steger, and John A. Zinda. 2021. Mapping and Quantifying Land Cover Dynamics Using Dense Remote Sensing Time Series with the User-Friendly pyNITA Software. Environmental Modelling and Software 145: 105179.


Zinda, John A. and Jun He. 2020. Ecological Civilization in the Mountains: How Walnuts Boomed and Busted in Southwest China. Journal of Peasant Studies 47(5):1052-1076.

Zinda, John A. 2020. Regenerating Scholarly Ecologies: Thoughts on Seeing the Forest for the Trees. Society & Natural Resources 22(9):1162-1168.

Kuras, Evan R., Paige S. Warren, John A. Zinda, Myla F. J. Aronson, Sarel Cilliers, Mark A. Goddard, Charles H. Nilon, and Richelle Winkler. 2020. Urban Socioeconomic Inequality and Biodiversity Often Converge, but Not Always: A Global Meta-Analysis. Landscape and Urban Planning 198:103799.

Ke, Shuifa, Ruhe Yan, and John A. Zinda. 2020. Designating Tree Crops as Forest: Land Competition and Livelihood Effects Mediate Tree Crops Impact on Natural Forest Cover in South China. Land Use Policy 96:104702.

Zinda, John A. 2020. Political Ecologies of State Land Management. Pp. 315–30 in The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Vol. 1, edited by J. Keller, K. Legun, M. Bell, and M. Carolan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Zinda, John A. and Shrey Kapoor. 2019. Metabolic Fractures: How Household Livelihood Practices Differentiate Agricultural Input Use in Southwest China. Journal of Rural Studies 71:1-12.

Zinda, John A. and Zhiming Zhang. 2019. Explaining Heterogeneous Afforestation Outcomes: How Community Officials and Households Mediate Tree Cover Change in China. World Development 122: 385-398.

Li, Wenqing, John A. Zinda, and Zhiming Zhang. 2019. Does the ‘Returning Farmland to Forest Program’ Drive Community-Level Changes in Landscape Patterns in China? Forests 10(10):933.


Zinda, John A. and Zhiming Zhang. 2018. Stabilizing Forests and Communities: Accommodative Buffering within China’s Collective Forest Tenure Reform. The China Quarterly 235: 828-848.

Zinda, John A., Yifei Li, and John Liu. 2018. China’s Summons for Environmental Sociology. Current Sociology 66(6): 867-885.

Zinda, John A. and Zhiming Zhang. 2018. Land Tenure Legacies, Household Life Cycles, and Livelihood Strategies in Upland China. Rural Sociology 83(1): 51-80.

Zinda, John A. 2018. Managing the Anthropocene: The Labour of Environmental Regeneration. Made in China Journal 3(4): 62-67.


Zhang, Zhiming, John A. Zinda, and Wenqing Li. 2017. Forest Transitions in Chinese Villages: Explaining Community-Level Variation under the Returning Farmland to Forest Program. Land Use Policy 64: 245-257.

Zinda, John A. 2017. Tourism Dynamos: Selective Commodification and Developmental Conservation in China’s Protected Areas. Geoforum 78: 141-152.

Zinda, John A., Christine J. Trac, and Stevan Harrell. 2017. Dual-Function Forests in the Returning Farmland to Forest Program and the Flexibility of Environmental Policy in China. Geoforum 78: 119-132.

Chen, Jia-Ching, John A. Zinda, and Emily Yeh. 2017. Recasting the Rural: State, Society and Environment in Contemporary China. Geoforum 78: 83-88.

Chen, Jia-Ching, John A. Zinda, and Emily Yeh, eds. Recasting the Rural: State, Society, and Space in Contemporary China. Themed issue of Geoforum.


Lazos, Elena, John A. Zinda, Christine Negra, Aoife Bennett-Curry, Gillian Bloomfield, Patricia Balvanera, and Catherine Lindell. 2016. Stakeholders and Tropical Reforestation: Challenges, Tradeoffs, and Strategies in Dynamic Environments. Biotropica 48(6): 900-914.


Zinda, John A., Jianmei Yang, Ximing Xue, and Hai Cheng 2014. Varying Impacts of Tourism Participation on Natural Resource Use in Communities in Southwest China. Human Ecology 42(5): 739-751.

Zinda, John A. 2014. Making National Parks in Yunnan: Shifts and Struggles within the Ecological State. Pp. 105-128 in Yeh, Emily and Coggins, Christopher, eds. Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands. Seattle: University of Washington Press.


Zinda, John A. 2012. Hazards of Collaboration: Local State Co-optation of a New Protected Area Model in Southwest China. Society & Natural Resources 25(4): 384-399.

Van Den Hoek, Jamon, Jill Baumgartner, Elena Doucet-Beer, Tim Hildebrandt, Brian Robinson, and John Zinda. 2012. Understanding the Challenges and Rewards of Social-Ecological Research in China. Society & Natural Resources 25(12):1324-1329.


Nelson, Fred, Elisa Collins, Alain Frechette, Cynthia Koenig, Mosé Jones-Yellin, Brihannala Morgan, Gita Ramsay, Gautam Rao, Claudia Rodriguez, Zewdie Jotte Tulu, Cristy Watkins, and John Zinda. 2008. Preservation or Degradation: Communal Management and Ecological Change in a Southeast Michigan forest. Biodiversity and Conservation 17(1): 2757-2722.

Book Reviews

Zinda, John A. 2020. Review of Tim Bartley, Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy. International Sociology 35(2):185-188.

Zinda, John A. 2017. Review of China’s peasant agriculture and rural society: Changing paradigms of farming, by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and Jingzhong Ye. The Journal of Peasant Studies 44(5):1098-1101.

Zinda, John A. 2014. Review of China’s disappearing countryside: towards sustainable land governance for the poor – by Yongjun Zhao. The Journal of Peasant Studies 41(3):437-440.

Zinda, John A. 2010. Review of Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization – by Anita Chan, Richard Madsen, and Jonathan Unger. Rural Sociology 75:528-530.

Outreach Publications

Nocua Tole, Joseph S., I. T. Blair, James Zhang, John A. Zinda, Libby Zemaitis, Lindy B. Williams, David L. Kay, and Sarah M. Alexander. 2021. Responding to Risk from Floods and COVID-19: Beyond Partisanship, Through Experience. Research & Policy Brief Series in Global Development. Ithaca: Cornell University.

CONVERGE COVID-19 Working Groups for Public Health and Social Sciences Research. 2020. Extreme Weather and Geohazards in the Time of COVID-19: A Social Science Research Agenda. Boulder: Natural Hazards Center.