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Tan Rong- Associate Professorr



Tan’s background includes land economics and resource economics. Since 2004 Tan has focused on the topic of farmland conversion for urban development. The methodologies used covers transaction cost economics, new institutional economics, property rights theory, and neoclassic economics.


Education background:

-Bachelor, College of Land Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 1998-2002,

-PhD in Land Management, College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 2002-2008,

-PhD candidate in Agricultural Economics, Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2006-present,


Academic Services:

Advisory Committee of the Shanghai Bureau of State Land Supervisor, Ministry of Land and Resource of China

English editor of China Land Science Society

Research fellow of China Land Policy Center, Nanjing Agricultural University


Awards and Honors:

First ranked prize in the 10th Philosophy and Social Science Excellent Achievement of Jiangsu Province, awarded by the Government of Jiangsu Province, China, 2007

Excellent paper in National Doctoral Forum on San-Nong Issues, awarded by the Committee of Doctoral Forum, Ministry of Education of China, 2005



Associate professor, College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2010-present

Post doctor, College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2008-2010

Visiting scholar, Institute of Agricultural Economics (Wageningen University), funded by Asian-link RECREATE project of EU foundation, 2007.3

Visiting scholar, Department of Social Science (Wageningen University), funded by Asian-link RECREATE project of EU foundation, 2007.4


Professional activities:

Invited speakers in the 3rd Sino-German Workshop on Biodiversity Conservation Ecosystem Services and Management, sponsored by German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

Leader of No. 70903057 project, funded by National Science Foundation of China, 2010-2012

Leader of No. 09YJC630195 project, funded by Chinese Ministry of Education, 2010-2012

Leader of No. 10CGYD15YBQ project, funded by Provincial Social Science Foundation of Zhejiang, 2010-2011

Coordinator and research fellow of SUNRISE project, funded by German Ministry of Education, 2009-present

Coordinator and research fellow of GoCon project, funded by Bosch Foundation, 2007-2011

Research fellow of RECREATE project, funded by Asian-link programme, EU foundation, 2005-2008



Land and property Law, undergraduate course, Zhejiang University

Public Economics, Master degree course, Zhejiang University




(1)  Futian Qu, Rong Tan. Governing Farmland conversion in China in quest for sustainability. Beijing: Science Press. 2010

(2)   Cifang Wu, Rong Tan. Nested Theory on Farmland Preservation in China. Beijing: Geologic Press.


Chapter in books

(3)   Rong Tan, Futian Qu. What Is the Optimal Amount of China’s Farmland Conversion: a Statistical Experience from Last 15 Years. In: Beckmann V. et al. (Eds), Economic Transition and Natural Resource Management in East and Southeast Asia. Aachen: Shaker-Publisher.

(4)   Rong Tan, Futian Qu. Expense lose, Excessive Lose and the Optimal Allocation of China’s Farmland Conversion. In: Wu C., Ding, C. & Zhang W. (Eds), Urban Growth and Land Policy in China. Beijing: China Science and Technology Press.


Journal Papers

(5)   Rong Tan, Volker Beckmann. Diversity of Practical quota systems for farmland preservation: a multicountry comparison and analysis. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2010, 28, 211-224.

(6)   Rong Tan, Volker Beckmann, Leo van den Berg, Futian Qu. Governing farmland conversion: Comparing China with the Netherlands and Germany. Land Use Policy, 2009, 26, 961-974.

(7)   Rong Tan, Futian Qu. The path for Chinese farmland development right: replacing property structure reform by governance structure reform. Management World, 2010, No.6, 56-64.

(8)   Rong Tan, Futian Qu. Boundary of government and market: governing farmland conversion in China. Management World, 2009, No.12, 39-47.

(9)   Rong Tan. Quantitative Assessment on the Impact of Governmental intervention on Land Allocation Efficiency in the processes of Farmland Acquisition and Urban land conveyance. China Land Science. 2010, No.8: 21-26.

(10) Rong Tan. Institutional Environment and Sustainable Natural Resource Utilization, Journal of Natural Resources, 2010, No.7: 1218-1235

(11) Rong Tan. Path Choice for the Reform of Land Property and Its Transfer Policies, China Land Science, 2010, No.5, 64-69.

(12) Rong Tan. The Dominant Role of Dutch Government in Farmland Conversion from Agricultural to Non-agricultural Use and Its Implications. China Land Science, 2009, No.12: 69-74

(13) Cifang Wu, Rong Tan, Xiangmu Jin. An Analysis on the Nature of Chinese Land Property Rights and Its Trajectory of Reform. Journal of Zhejiang University (Humanities and Social Sciences), 2010, No.6:25-32.

(14) Rong Tan, Futian Qu. Intergenerational efficiency of farmland conversion and farmland resource loss in China. China Population, Resources and Environment, 17(3), pp28-34

(15) Rong Tan, Futian Qu (2006). Agricultural arrangement and structural adjustment based on land use revenue: a case from Jiangsu province. Economic Geography (Chinese Journal), vol.26, 6, 1033-1036

(16) Rong Tan, Futian Qu (2006). Farmland conversion and protection: from dilemma to win-win situation. Management World (Chinese Journal), No.12, 50-59,66

(17) Rong Tan and Futian Qu (2005), Expense lose, Excessive Lose and the Optimal Allocation of China’s Farmland Conversion, 2005 International Symposium on Urban Growth and Land Policy in China, conference paper, October 16~18, Hangzhou, China, sponsored by Maryland University and Zhejiang University

(18) Rong Tan, Futian Qu (2006). Inefficiency and Excessive Loss of Farmland Conversion in China. China Land Science (Chinese Journal), vol. 20, No.3, 3-8

(19) Rong Tan, Futian Qu (2006). Spatial allocation efficiency of farmland conversion and farmland resource loss. China Soft Science (Chinese Journal), No.6, 49-57

(20) Rong Tan, Futian Qu (2005). An Economic Analysis on the Effect to Forestry and Its Social Benefit by Subsidy: a Quantitative Model. Journal of Nature Resources (Chinese Journal), vol.20, 4, 605-612.

(21) Rong Tan, Futian Qu (2005).How to Harmonize the Contradiction Between the Utilization of Natural Resources and the Sustainable Development of Economy. Journal of Nature Resources (Chinese Journal), vol.20, 6, 797-805.

(22) Rong Tan, Futian Qu. (2005). The Institutional Equilibrium and Improvement in Utilization of Public Rain water Resource in Northwest China. Chinese Rural Economy (Chinese Journal), vol.247, 7, 4-10.

(23) Rong Tan, Qu Fu-tian, and Guo Zhong-xing. (2005). Disparity of Farmland Conversion to Regional Economic Performance in China. Resources and Environment in the Yangtze Basin (Chinese Journal), (3):277-281

(24) Shuman Wang, Rong Tan, and Limei Wu (2005). Assessing the Amenity Value of Agricultural Land: a Case Study in Jiangsu Province. Resources and Environment in the Yangtze Basin (Chinese Journal), (6):720-724

(25) Rong Tan, Limei Wu, and Futian Qu. (2005). Analysis on the Effect of the Environment on the Urban Real Estate Price. Ecological Economy (Chinese Journal). No.10,193-196

(26) Rong Tan, Futian Qu and Limei Wu. (2004).Requisition of Farmland in China: An Economic Model. Issues in Agricultural Economy (Chinese Journal), (10):41-45