Linxiu Zhang collaborated with UNRISD on the scoping study Gender Dimensions of Food and Water Security in the Dryland Areas of China. She was also part of the research team for the project Migration and Health in China. At the time of her collaboration, she was Deputy Director of and Professor at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Beijing, China and Co-director of the Rural Education Action Project (REAP) at Stanford University, United States.
Zhang holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, England, an Msc in Agricultural Economics from the Graduate School of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, the Philippines, and a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China. Most of her research concentrates on policy relevant studies on agricultural and rural development in China, including public investment in agriculture and its impact on growth, poverty and inequality, poverty and environmental dynamics, gender and household nutrition, and integrated resource management at community level, community governance and public goods investments, rural basic education and the New Cooperative Medical System (NCMS).