AGYA Member

Assem Abu Hatab


Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
International Food and Agricultural Trade, the Political Economy of Food and Agriculture in North Africa, Impacts of China's Involvement in Africa

About me

I am a Lecturer of Economics and Rural Development at the Suez Canal University in Egypt and also a Researcher in the Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. My work in the recent years has focused on international food and agricultural trade, and the political economy of food and agriculture by looking at the role that food price volatility did play in the emergence of the political unrest of 2011 in North Africa.

I can think of nothing more exciting and challenging than being involved in an international and interdisciplinary academic atmosphere, where research initiatives and projects require deeper collaboration and networking among scholars from different disciplines. My experiences in working, carrying out research, and teaching in countries all around the globe, including the United States, Sweden, China, Norway and Hungary, allow me to experience several situations and issues through wider international perspectives.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Transformation and Arab and German Education where he contributes actively to several activities carried out by the groups.
  • "Impacts of food safety and quality standards on access of Egyptian agri-food exports to the EU". The objective of this project is to analyze empirically how Egyptian agro-food exporters comply with the EU food safety and quality standards.
  • "Employability of Erasmus Mundus Graduates in Agriculture on the Chinese Professional Market". The aim of this project is to assess how the Erasmus Mundus graduates in agriculture and related life sciences perform on the professional job market in China.
  • "Prospective study on the future of tertiary agricultural education (TAE) in Africa". This project aims to identify and analyze, with a medium to long-term perspective on the expected changes in the agri-food sector, and how these changes will affect the development of TAE including R&D, technology transfer and extension.

Academic Career

2011 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU); Uppsala, Sweden
2011 - Lecturer, Department of Economics & Rural Development, Suez Canal University (SCU); Al-Arish, Egypt
2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University; Providence/RI, USA
2011 PhD in Economics & Management, Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University (NWAFU); Yangling, China
2007 - 2011 Assistant Researcher, NWAFU; Yangling, China
2010 Visiting Researcher, School of Economics & Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences; Aås, Norway
2009 Assistant Researcher, China Center for Agricultural Policy, China Academy of Sciences; Beijing, China
2009 Visiting Researcher, Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Corvinus University of Budapest; Hungary
2007 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Economics & Rural Development, SCU; Egypt
2007 MA in Agricultural Economics, SCU; Egypt


Selected Publications


  • Abu Hatab, A. (forthcoming). Gendering the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Egypt, CIHEAM, The Watch Letter n° 31.
  • Abu Hatab, A. and Romstad, E. (2014). Competitiveness analysis of Egyptian cotton exports with special focus on the Chinese market, China Agricultural Economic Review, 6(2): 248-263.
  • Abu Hatab, A. (2014). Water Scarcity and “Water Imports” in the Arab Region: An examination of the "virtual water" concept with focus on the Golf States, The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference ARC 14, November 18-19, 2014.

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