Zia Mehrabi

Research Interests


Zia Mehrabi is a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia, where he works on the food system, climate change, digital technology, and biodiversity conservation. He is appointed at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability. At UBC he helps teach and mentor students, develop ideas, data sets, software, data science, and data analysis on sustainable food systems.

He is an active member of the Global Land Programme, the working group lead on developing baselines for data driven farming for the CGIAR's Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, a contributing author to The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Global Assessment, and a co-author of Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger, and the forthcoming World Bank’s World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives.

He is engaged in public outreach and communication for a better understanding of science, and launched the data driven open art exhibit "The Colours of Food Security” with the Land Use and Global Environment Laboratory at The University of British Columbia. He holds two degrees (BA, DPhil) from the University of Oxford.

Contact information:
Email: zia.mehrabi at ubc.ca
Offices: Liu Room 201A and AERL Room 445
Website: www.ziamehrabi.com

Featured Publications

Mehrabi, Z., McDowell, M. J., Ricciardi, V., Levers, C., Martinez, J. D., Mehrabi, N., Wittman, H., Ramankutty, N., and Jarvis, A., 2020. The global divide in data-driven farming. Nature Sustainability

Ricciardi, V., Wane, A., Sidhu, B.S., Goode, C., Solomon, D., McCullough, E., Diekmann, F., Porciello, J., Jain, M., Randall, N., and Mehrabi, Z., A scoping review of research funding for small-scale farmers in water scarce regions. Nature Sustainability.

Mehrabi, Z., Gill, M., van Wijk, M., Herrero, M., Ramankutty, N., 2020. Livestock policy for sustainable development. Nature Food.

Mehrabi, Z., and Ramankutty, N., 2019. Synchronized failure of global crop production. Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Ricciardi, V., Ramankutty, N., Mehrabi, Z., Jarvis, L. and Chookolingo, B., How much of the world’s food do smallholders produce? Global Food Security.

Ramankutty, N., Mehrabi, Z., Waha, K., Jarvis, L., Kremen, C., Herrero, M. and Rieseberg, L.H., 2018. Trends in global agricultural land use: implications for environmental health and food security. Annual review of plant biology.

Mehrabi, Z., Ellis, E.C. and Ramankutty, N., 2018. The challenge of feeding the world while conserving half the planet. Nature Sustainability.

Mehrabi, Z. and Lashermes, P., 2017. Protecting the origins of coffee to safeguard its future. Nature plants.