Name: DENG Xiangzheng;

Current appointment: Professor

Education: PhD in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Chinese Academy of Sciences; PhD in Environmental Economics, University of Waikato, New Zealand


Research Areas

Areas of Specialization:  Natural Resource Management; Environmental Geography; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Ecosystem Services and Functions; Urbanization and Global Environment Change; Sustainability-based Decision Making.

Professional Snapshot

Over years of experiences in nature resource management, environmental monitoring and assessment, regional planning, sustainability-based decision making and project formulation and development of strategies for regional sustainable development. He has worked in formulation of implementation framework for more than 30 projects on the relevant research fields.​

Work Experience

2018.12—: Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS).

2018.12—: Executive Deputy Director, Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS.

2018.12—: Director, Research Laboratory of Environmental Management on Land Surface, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS.

2013.01—2018.11: Director, External Cooperation Division, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS.

2011.01—: Professor, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS.

2011.08—2012.12: Project Leader and Coordinator, Task force on Policies and Strategies on the Environment and Development of Western China, CCICED.

2007.12—2010.12: Associate Professor, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS.

2006.11—2007.12: Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Development, Stanford University, US.

2006.06—2006.09: Visiting Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

2005.10—2006.06: Associate Professor, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP).

Major Academic Achievement

Innovative approach of and empirical studies on land use competition and optimization;

Integrate econometrics methodologies and spatial analysis approaches into the study on dynamics and consequences of land system change;

Development of a Computable General Equilibrium of Land Use Changes (CGELUC) model and a Dynamics of Land System (DLS) model;

Development of an Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting matrix of China;

Published over 200 peer reviewed journal papers;

Nine monographs.

Major Academic Services

Scientific Committee (SC) member, Urban Knowledge-Action Network, Future Earth, 2019-.

Associate Editor in Chief, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 2018-.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017-.

Editorial Board Member, Land, 2016-.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Geographical Science, 2015-.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Land Use Science, 2014-.

Steering Scientific Committee (SSC) member, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC), IHDP, Future Earth, 2010-2017.

Consultant, Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation project, NERC, ESRC and DfID, UK, 2009-2012.

Editor, Journal of Regional Environmental Change, 2009-.

Consultant, Environment-friendly ecological agriculture development strategy research project for the Yellow River Basin response to climate change, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2008-2010.

Consultant, Guangxi Integrated Forestry Development and Conservation Project, World Bank, 2005-2010.

Selected Publications

Deng, X., Gibson, J., 2019. Improving eco-efficiency for the sustainable agricultural production: A case study in Shandong, China. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 144, 394-400

Deng, X., Gibson, J., 2018. Sustainable land use management for improving land eco-efficiency: a case study of Hebei, China. Annals of Operations Research 1–13.

Deng X., J. Gibson, S. Jia, 2017. Does Expressway Consume More Land of the Agricultural Production Base of Shandong Province. Computational Economics, 2018, 52, 1293–1316.

Deng X., J. Gibson, P. Wang, 2017. Quantitative measurements of the interaction between net primary productivity and livestock production in Qinghai Province based on data fusion technique. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142, 758-766.

Deng X., J. Gibson, P. Wang, 2017. Relationship between landscape diversity and crop production: a case study in the Hebei Province of China based on multi-source data integration. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142, 985-992.

Deng X., J. Gibson, P. Wang,2017. Management of trade-offs between cultivated land conversions and land productivity in Shandong Province. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142, 767-774.

Deng X., Z. Li, 2016. A review on historical trajectories and spatially explicit scenarios of land-use and land-cover changes in China. Journal of Land Use Science, 11, 709-724.

Deng X., Z. Li, J. Gibson, 2016. A review on trade-off analysis of ecosystem services for sustainable land-use management. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 26(7), 953-968.

Deng X., Z. Wang, C. Zhao,2016. Economic Evolution in China Ecologically Fragile Regions. Journal of Economic Surveys, 30, 552-576.

Deng, X., J. Huang, S. Rozelle, J. Zhang, Z. Li, 2015. Impact of urbanization on cultivated land changes in China. Land Use Policy, 45, 1–7. 

Deng, X., Q. Shi, Q. Zhang, C. Shi, F. Yin, 2015. Impacts of land use and land cover changes on surface energy and water balance in the Heihe River Basin of China, 2000–2010. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 79–82, 2–10. 

Deng, X., X. Bai, 2014. Sustainable Urbanization in Western China. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 56(3): 12-24. 

Deng, X., J. Han, F. Yin, 2012. Net energy, CO2 emission and land-based cost-benefit analyses of Jatropha biodiesel: a case study of the Panzhihua region of Sichuan province in China. Energies 5(7): 2150-2164. 

Deng, X., J. Huang, Q. Huang, S. Rozelle, J., Gibson, 2011. Do roads lead to grassland degradation or restoration? A case study in Inner Mongolia, China. Environment and Development Economics 16(06): 751-773. 

Deng, X., J. Huang, E. Uchida, S. Rozelle, J. Gibson, 2011. Pressure cookers or pressure valves: do roads lead to deforestation in China, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(1): 79-94. 

Deng, X., Y, Zhao, F. Wu, Y. Lin, Qi., J. Dai, 2011. Analysis of the trade-off between economic growth and the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus emissions in the Poyang Lake Watershed, China. Ecological Modelling 222(2): 330-336. 

Deng, X., J. Huang, F. Qiao, R. Naylor, Walter P Falcon, Marshall Burke, Scott Rozelle and David Battisti (2010). "Impacts of El Nino-Southern Oscillation events on China’s rice production." Journal of Geographical Sciences 20(1): 3-16. 

Deng, X., J. Huang, S. Rozelle, E. Uchida, 2010. Economic growth and the expansion of urban land in China. Urban Studies 47(4): 813-843. 

Deng, X., Q. Jiang, H. Su, F. Wu, 2010. Trace forest conversions in Northeast China with a 1-km area percentage data model. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 4(1): 041893-041893-041813. 

Deng, X., Q. Jiang, J. Zhan, S. He, Y. Lin, 2010. Simulation on the dynamics of forest area changes in Northeast China. Journal of Geographical Sciences 20(4): 495-509. 

Deng, X., Q. Jiang, Q. Ge, L. Yang, 2010. Impacts of the Wenchuan Earthquake on the giant panda nature reserves in China. Journal of Mountain Science 7(2): 197-206. 

Deng, X., J. Huang, S. Rozelle, E. Uchida, 2008. Growth, population and industrialization, and urban land expansion of China. Journal of Urban Economics 63(1): 96-115. 

Deng, X., H. Su, J. Zhan, 2008. Integration of multiple data sources to simulate the dynamics of land systems. Sensors 8(2): 620-634. 

Deng, X., J. Huang, S. Rozelle, E. Uchida, 2006. Cultivated land conversion and potential agricultural productivity in China. Land use policy 23(4): 372-384. 

Deng, Xiangzheng (2011). Modeling the Dynamics and Consequences of Land System Change. Springer.  

Deng, Xiangzheng, Buralk Güneralp, Jinyan Zhan and Hongbo Su (2014). Land Use Impacts on Climate, Springer. 

Deng, Xiangzheng; Wang, Yi; Wu, Feng; Zhang, Tao; Li, Zhihui (2014). Integrated River Basin Management: Practice Guideline for the IO Table Compilation and CGE Modeling, Springer.

Deng, Xiangzheng, John Gibson (2019). River Basin Management. Springer Singapore.


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