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Assem Abu Hatab

Assem Abouhatab
Assem Abu Hatab is an associate professor and lecturer at the Department of Economics in SLU. He is affiliated also with SLU Global as a coordinator for global development for the Faculty of Natural resources and Agricultural Sciences. Besides, Assem serves as the equal opportunity representative of the Department of Economics.


Assem is a member of the Food and Agricultural Economics Group at the Department of Economics. Previously, he worked a senior visiting researcher at the Middle East Centre of Lund University; a postdoctoral fellow at Watson Institute for International Studies of Brown University in the U.S., an assistant researcher in the College of Economics & Management of Northwest A&F University; and a lecturer in Economics at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Assem had been a visiting scholar at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences UMB, the Chinese Center for Agricultural Policy CCAP in Beijing, and Corvinus University in Budapest.

In 2018, Assem was selected a lead author by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for Chapter 7 of the 6th Assessment Resport (AR6). Since 2015, he has been a member of the consultative board of the Arab Federation for Wildlife Protection at the Arab Council for Economic Unity of the League of Arab States. In 2013, Assem was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development. He was also selected in 2013 as a member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).


Assem is leading the following two courses:

         - Agricultural Policy and International Trade (NA0160)

        - Value Chains and Networks in the Bio-Economy (FÖ0454)

He is also lecturing in different courses, mainly on food and agricultural economics and internatinal trade. 


 Assem's research interests revolve predominantly around international food and agricultural trade and trade policy, food consumption and production and their linkage with food security, demand analysis and commodity markets, and development economics. Exploring the determinants and impacts of China’s involvement in developing countries has always been a strong dimension in his research agenda. His work in recent years has focused on the political economy of food and agriculture by looking at the role that food price volatility did play in the emergence of political unrest of 2011 in North Africa.


Assem has a large research network in developing countries, particularly in the MENA region, SSA countries, and China. He collaborates with researchers at several departments at SLU as well as at other Swedish and international universities and research institutes. Examples of his recent and ongoing collborative research projects include: 

- Potential of selective harvest based on mycotoxins content assessment in cereal crops. ERA-NET COFUND ICT-AGRI-FOOD. Collboration with Gent University (Belgium), Aristotle University Thessaloniki (Greece), Vytautas Magnus University
(Lithuania), Soluciones Agrícolas de Precisión S.L. (Spain), and Universtity of Sevilla (Spain). 

- The Dynamics of Urban Sprawl: Land-use Changes, Food Security & Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems in the Arid & Semi-arid Zones. FORMAS. Collboration with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India.

- Feeding Urbanizing China: urbanization, agricultural productivity and food security in China. STINT, Joint China-Sweden Mobility Program. Collaboration with School of Busines, Nanjing Normal University, China. 

- Steering Migration through Sustainable Development: Euro-Egyptian Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (DeVilag). Erasmus+ Programme on Capacity-Building projects in the filed of Higher Education. Collaboration with several universities and research institutes in Germany, Syprus and Egypt. 

- Ereasmus+ program for staff anf student mobility in the fields of food and agricultural economics and sustainable development. Erasmus KA107 (Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries). Collboration with Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development in Egypt. 

- Food waste and loss and the sustainability of urban food systems in developing countries: Evidence from Addis Ababa. SLU Urban Futures. Collaboration with Kotebe Metropolitan University in Ethiopia.

- COVID-19, livestock systems and food security in developing countries: Review, synthesis and directions for research and policy. SIANI and SLU Global


Assem supervises students' theses at the MSc and BSc levels, and he serves as an assistant supervisor of an ongoing PhD student's project.

Selected publications

Zhen Liu, Qiuming Li and Assem Abu Hatab (2020). Does Participation in the Sloping Land Conversion Program Reduce the Sensitivity of Chinese Farmers to Climate Change? Land Use Policy, 99(2020): 105021.

Carl Johan Lagerkvist, Assem Abu Hatab, Swamikannu Nedumaran, Padmaja Ravula (2020). A latent class analysis of food hygiene and handling practices among urban and peri-urban residents in Hyderabad, India. Food Control, In Press.

Jinna Yu, zhen liu, Tingting Zhang, Assem Abu Hatab and Jing Lan (2020). Measuring productivity of healthcare services under environmental constraints: Evidence from China. BMC Health Services Research, 20(673), 1472-6963. 

Zhen Liu, Yang Yang, Hua Li, Assem Abu Hatab, Junsheng Ha (2020). Effect of Forestland Tenure Security on Rural Household Forest Management and Protection in Rural China. Global Ecology and Conservation, 22(June 2020) e00952. 

Assem Abu Hatab and  Sherif Maher (2020). Food Price Volatility and Political Unrest: Rethinking Food Policies in Post-‘Arab Spring’ Egypt. In Contemporary Challenges in Africa's Development, Kanayo Ogujiuba and Ufiem Maurice Ogbonnaya (Eds), Reach Publishers. 

Liye Wang, Xinli Ke and Assem Abu Hatab (2020). Trade-offs between Economic Benefits and Ecosystem Services Value under Three Cropland Protection Scenarios. Land, 9(4):117. 

Yang Yang, Zhen Liu, Assem Abu Hatab and Jing Lan (2020). Effect of forestland property rights and village off-farm environment on off-farm employment in southern China. Sustainability, 12(7), 2605. 

Jinna Yu , Zhen Liu , Tingting Zhang , Assem Abu Hatab and Jing Lan (2020). Tripartite Data Analysis for Optimizing Telemedicine Operations: Evidence from Guizhou Province in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(1), 375.

Tingting Zhang, Shunbo Yao, Jinna Yu, Assem Abu Hatab, and Zhen Liu (2020). Effects of China’s collective forestland tenure reform policies on forest product firm values. Land, 9(4), 127.

Assem Abu Hatab, Maria Cavinato, August Lindemer and Carl Johan Lagerkvist (2019). Urban Sprawl, Food Security & Agricultural Systems in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Cities (Elsevier), 94(2019), 129-142.

Nasem Badreldin, Assem Abu Hatab and Carl Johan Lagerkvist (2019). Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Urbanization and Cropland in the Nile Delta of Egypt Using Machine Learning and Satellite Big Data: Implications for Sustainable Development. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2019(191):767-790.

Assem Abu Hatab, Sebastian Hess and Yves Surry (2019). EU's trade standards and the export performance of small and medium-sized agri-food firms in Egypt. International Food & Agribusiness Management Review, 22(5): 689-705. 

Assem Abu Hatab, Maria Eduarda Rigo Cavinato and Carl Johan Lagerkvist (2019). Urbanization, livestock systems and food security in developing countries: A systematic review of the literature. Food Security, Springer, 11(2): 279-299.

Assem Abu Hatab and Aimable Nsanimana (2019). Exchange rate uncertainty and Egyptian exports of horticultural commodities into the EU. Acta Horticulture. 1258, 11-18

Wei Huang and Assem Abu Hatab (2019). Environmentally adjusted production efficiency and agricultural nitrous oxide emissions in North Africa. The 30th Anniversary of the European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, 10 - 13 June 2019, London, UK. 

Filippa Pyk and Assem Abu Hatab (2018). Fairtrade and Sustainability: Motivations for Fairtrade Certification among Smallholder Coffee Growers in Tanzania. Sustainability, 10(5), 1551.

Assem Abu Hatab. (2018). Agrifood Processing Industry in Egypt: Constraints & Opportunities for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises. The International Conference of the Institute of National Planning on Industrialization and Sustainable Development, Cairo, 5-6 May.

Assem Abu Hatab (2017). "Made in China": The Displacement Effect of Chinese Export Growth on Egyptian Textile Exports. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 7(2): 99-114.

Assem Abu Hatab (2016). Demand relationships in orange exports to Russia: a differential demand system approach focusing on Egypt. Agricultural and Food Economics, 2016(4):22.

Abu Hatab A. and Surry Y. (2016). Determinants of import demand for Egyptian potatoes in Germany and the United Kingdom. Acta Horticulture. 1132, 39-48

Assem Abu Hatab and Aimable Nsanimana (2016). A Dynamic Analysis of Egyptian Orange Exports to Russia: A Co-integration Analysis. Agricultural Economics Review, 17(2): 38-54.

Assem Abu Hatab. (2016). Food Price Volatility & Political Unrest: The case of the Egyptian “Arab Spring”. CIHEAM Watch Letter n° 36 on "Crises and resilience in the Mediterranean agricultural and rural worlds”. CIHEAM.

B. Petra, A., et al. (2015). Employability of Erasmus Mundus Graduates in Agriculture on the Chinese Professional Market. Scientific report commissioned by ASK Asia project, an Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project funded by the European Commission (EACEA)

Assem Abu Hatab and Eirik Romstad (2014). Competitiveness analysis of Egyptian cotton exports with special focus on the Chinese market. China Agricultural Economic Review, 6(2):248 – 263.

Sebastian Hess, Assem Abu Hatab, et. al. (2014).Agriculture, Agribusiness and Tertiary Agricultural Education in Africa: A systematic review of the literature. Scientific Report Commissioned by TEAM-Africa under the Prospective Study on Tertiary Agricultural Education in Africa.

Assem Abu Hatab. (2014). Gendering the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Egypt. CIHEAM Watch Letter n° 31 on "The Mediterranean Sea Fisheries and Beyond", 39-42.

Assem Abu Hatab and Sebastian Hess (2013). Opportunities and Constraints for Small Agricultural Exporters in Egypt. International Food & Agribusiness Management Review, 16(4):77-100.

Assem Abu Hatab, Huo Xuexi and Nada Shouman (2012). Exploring Egypt-China Bilateral Trade: Dynamics and Perspectives Journal of Economic Studies, 39(3):314-326.

Wang J., Xuexi H., Assem Abu Hatab, and Kabir S. (2012). Non-neutral technology, farmer income and poverty reduction: Evidence from high value agricultural household in China. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 10(3&4): 582-589.

Assem Abu Hatab, Erik Romstad and Huo Xuexi (2011). Determinants of Egyptian Agricultural Exports: A Gravity Model Approach. Modern Economy, 1(1):134-143.

Assem Abu Hatab (2009). Egypt within the Framework of the Global Financial Crisis: Impact, Response and Way Forward. International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies, 2(1):7:25.

Researcher at the Department of Economics; Agricultural and Food Economics
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