AGYA Member

Assem Abu Hatab


Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Economics & Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Food & Agricultural Trade & Trade Policy Analysis; Supply & Demand Analysis of Food, Agricultural Commodities & Commodity Markets, Political Economy of Food & Agriculture

About me

I work as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and am a lecturer in Economics at Arish University in Egypt (currently on sabbatical).

My work in the recent years has focused on the economics and sustainable management of natural resources; food and agricultural trade and trade policy analysis; supply and demand analysis of food and agricultural commodities and commodity markets; and the political economy of food and agriculture. Currently, my main research focuses on investigating the dynamics of urban sprawl in relation to land-use changes, food production systems, and food security in arid and semi-arid zones.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Transformation and Arab and German Education 
  • Co- Principal Investigator: the dynamics of urban sprawl: Land-use changes, food supply and sustainable agricultural production systems in the arid and semi-arid zones. Funded by Swedish Research Council for Environmental, Agricultural Sciences & Spatial Planning (FORMAS). (01/2017-12/2020)
  • Principal Investigator: Harnessing the potentials of Information and Communication Technologies for Agrifood Small Sized Enterprises: A case study on South Africa and Egypt. Funded by the Joint Research Grant Program under the South Africa/Egypt Research Partnership Program Bilateral Agreement.

Academic Career

2016 - Assistant Professor, 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
2015 - 2016 Visiting Senior Researcher, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University; Lund, Sweden
2011 - 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Economics, SLU; Uppsala, Sweden
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


  • Lagerkvist, C.L., Abu Hatab, A. & Nedumaran, S. (2017). Urban sprawl, food supply and agricultural systems’ resilience: a systematic review focusing on arid and semi-arid zones. Accepted paper, the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security 2017, 3-6 December 2017, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Hörl, M., Abu Hatab, A., Hess S. & Surry, Y. (2017). Are trade standards affecting the export-competitiveness of small and medium sized Egyptian agrifood exporters? The case of Egypt. The 2017 IFAMA Congress, Miami, Florida, USA, June 18 – 21, 2017.
  • Abu Hatab A. (2016). Demand relationships in orange exports to Russia: a differential demand system approach focusing on Egypt. Agricultural and Food Economics, 2016(4):22.

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics

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