With the capabilities of computer programming and mathematics, I decided to change my research field from applied mathematics to environmental science and engineering after I obtained my bachelor degree. Inspired by prof. Hoekstra’s dream to formulate a more sustainable planet, I decided to continue my Ph.D study in University of Twente. At this moment, my research aims to better understand and reveal the human effects on natural environments in the context of climate change, globalization and sustainable development. I am really interested in: • Strengthening regional and global environmental footprint assessment (e.g., water, carbon emission) of local and inter-regional human activities • Revealing social and economic drivers of the changing water and other environment systems • Designing the sustainable development paths for the future The research is built upon my cross-disciplinary academic training in mathematics and environmental science, and research experiences with sy


  • Influential factors on water footprint: A focus on wheat production and consumption in virtual water import and export regions
  • Incorporating water loss from water storage and conveyance into blue water footprint of irrigated sugarcane: A case study of Savannah Sugar Irrigation District, Nigeria
  • Life cycle assessment of advanced wastewater treatment processes: Involving 126 pharmaceuticals and personal care products in life cycle inventory
  • Integrated multi-objective optimization framework for urban water supply systems under alternative climates and future policy
  • Multi-objective optimization integrated with life cycle assessment for rainwater harvesting systems
  • Optimal allocation of physical water resources integrated with virtual water trade in water scarce regions: A case study for Beijing, China
  • Seeking urbanization security and sustainability: Multi-objective optimization of rainwater harvesting systems in China
  • Water pollution loads and shifting within China's inter-province trade
  • Linking the Environmental Pressures of China’s Capital Development to Global Final Consumption of the Past Decades and into the Future
  • Integrating the inter- and intra-annual dynamic features of capital into environmental footprint assessment
  • Effects of the policy and human intervention on the infrastructure-environment nexus in China
  • The impacts of international trade on global greenhouse gas emissions
  • A hybrid multi-regional input-output model of China
  • Effects of production fragmentation and inter-provincial trade on spatial blue water consumption and scarcity patterns in China
  • An improved system dynamics model to evaluate regional water scarcity from a virtual water perspective

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