Professor Yurui LI, Ph.D.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Geography and Rural Development, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Deputy Director and Secretary of Committee of Agricultural Geography and Rural Development , The Geographical Society of China


Research Areas

Urban-rural relationships

Rural development 

Land use policy

Land consolidation 

Rural settlements


2008/09-2011/07, Ph.D. in Human Geography

University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS

2005/09-2008/07, M.S. in Ecology

                              Nanjing Agricultural University

2001/09-2005/07, B.S. in Rural Development

Nanjing Agricultural University


2021/12-             Professor, Human geography and rural development

Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, IGSNRR

Center for Regional Agriculture and Rural Development, IGSNRR

Center for Assessment and Research on Targeted Poverty Alleviation, CAS.

2014/10-2021/12 Associate Professor, Human geography and rural development

Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, IGSNRR

Center for Regional Agriculture and Rural Development, IGSNRR

Center for Assessment and Research on Targeted Poverty Alleviation, CAS.

2013/10-2014/09 Assistant Professor, Human geography and rural development

Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, IGSNRR

Center for Regional Agriculture and Rural Development, IGSNRR

2011/07-2013/09 Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecological economics

Key Lab of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling of CAS

Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, IGSNRR

Honors & Distinctions

l Youth Science and Technology AwardGeographical Society of China 2021.

l Highly cited researcher, Clarivate Analytics 2020, 2021.

l  Outstanding young scientific and technological personnel, High-level Innovative Technology Talents Training Project, Ministry of Natural Resources, 2018.

l  Youth Science and Technology Award, Chinese Society of Natural Resources, 2018.

l  Advanced Individual Awards for Targeted Poverty Alleviation. Office of the Leading Group on Poverty Alleviation and Development of the State Council, 2017.

l  Best Young Scientist Award, Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering, International Geographical Union (IGU-AGLE), 2017.

l  The Best Oral Presentation of Young Scientists, IGU-Moscow, 2015.


  • Li Yurui, Zhang Xuanchang, Liu Yansui, Wang Yongsheng, Huang Yunxin, Lu Zhi, Feng Weilun, Chen Zongfeng, Wei Hongan. Agronomic technology to promote sustainable utilization of newly created farmland in the Chinese Loess Plateau. Land Degradation & Development, 2022, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.4403.

  • Pan Wei, Wang Jing, Lu Zhi, Liu Yansui, Li Yurui*. High-quality development in China: Measurement system, spatial pattern, and improvement paths. Habitat International. 2021, 102458.

  • Pan Wei, Wang Jing, Qin Xiaofei, Li Yurui*. Trends and types of rural residential land use change in China: A process analysis perspective. Growth and Change, 2021, 00, 1–16.

  • Li Yurui, Zhang Xuanchang, Cao Zhi, Liu Zhengjia, Lu Zhi, Liu Yansui. Towards the progress of ecological restoration and economic development in China's Loess Plateau and strategy for more sustainable development. Science of The Total Environment, 2021, 756, 143676.

  • Zhang Xuanchang, Li Yurui*, Liu Yansui*, Huang Yunxin, Wang Yongsheng, Lu Zhi. Characteristics and prevention mechanisms of artificial slope instability in the Chinese Loess Plateau. Catena, 2021, 207, 105621.

  • Qin Xiaofei, Li Yurui*, Lu Zhi, Pan Wei. What makes better village economic development in traditional agricultural areas of China? Evidence from 338 villages. Habitat International, 2020, 106, 102286.

  • Li Yurui, Qiao Luyin*, Wang Qianyi, David Karacsonyi. Towards the evaluation of rural livability in China: Theoretical framework and empirical case study. Habitat International, 2020, 105, 102241.

  • Qu Lulu, Li Yurui*, Feng Weilun. Spatial-temporal differentiation of ecologically-sustainable land across selected settlements in China: An urban-rural perspective. Ecological Indicators, 2020, 112: 105783.

  • Li Yurui, Fan Pengcan, Liu Yansui. What makes better village development in traditional agricultural areas of China? Evidence from long-term observation of typical villages. Habitat International, 2019, 83: 111-124. 

  • Li Yurui, Li Yi, Dávid Karácsonyi, Liu Zhengjia, Wang Yongsheng, Wang Jieyong. Spatio-temporal pattern and driving forces of construction land change in a poverty-stricken county of China and implications for poverty-alleviation-oriented land use policies. Land Use Policy, 2019, 104267.

  • Li Yurui, Li Yi, Fan Pengcan, Long Hualou. Impacts of land consolidation on rural human–environment system in typical watershed of the Loess Plateau and implications for rural development policy. Land Use Policy, 2019, 86: 339-350.

  • Li Yurui, Li Yi, Fan Pengcan, Sun Jian, Liu Yansui. Land use and landscape change driven by gully land consolidation project: A case study of a typical watershed in the Loess Plateau. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2019, 29(5): 719-729.

  • Li Yurui, Cao Zhi, Long Hualou, Liu Yansui, Li Wangjun. Dynamic analysis of ecological environment combined with land cover and NDVI changes and implications for sustainable urban–rural development: The case of Mu Us Sandy Land, China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 142, 697-715.

  • Li Yurui, Long Hualou, Liu Yansui. Spatio-temporal pattern of China’s rural development: A rurality index perspective. Journal of Rural Studies, 2015, 38: 12-26. 

  • Li Yurui, Liu Yansui, Long Hualou, Cui Weiguo. Community-based rural residential land consolidation and allocation can help to revitalize hollowed villages in traditional agricultural areas of China: Evidence from Dancheng County, Henan Province. Land Use Policy, 2014, 39: 188-198.

  • Li Yurui, Wang Jing, Liu Yansui, Long Hualou. Problem regions and regional problems of socio-economic development in China: A perspective from the coordinated development of industrialization, informatization, urbanization and agricultural modernization. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2014, 24(6): 1115-1130. 

  • Li Yurui, Liu Yansui, Long Hualou, Wang Jieyong. Local responses to macro development policies and their effects on rural system in mountainous regions: The case of Shuanghe Village in Sichuan Province. Journal of Mountain Science, 2013, 10(4):588-608. 

  • Li Yurui, Long Hualou, Liu Yansui. Industrial development and land use/cover change and their effects on local environment: A case study of Changshu, eastern coastal China. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, 2010, 4(4): 438-448. 

  • Zhang Yingnan, Long Hualou*, Li Yurui*, et al. How does off-farm work affect chemical fertilizer application? Evidence from China's mountainous and plain areas. Land Use Policy, 2020, 99:104848.

  • Cao Zhi, Li Yurui*, Liu Zhengjia, Yang Lingfan. Quantifying the vertical distribution pattern of land-use conversion in the loess hilly region of northern Shaanxi Province 1995–2015. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2019, 29(5): 730-748.

  • Liu Jiansheng, Zhang Xiaofang, Lin Jing, Li Yurui*. Beyond government-led or community-based: Exploring the governance structure and operating models for reconstructing China's hollowed villages. Journal of Rural Studies, 2019.

  • Song Xiao, Cheong, KC, Wang QianyiLi Yurui*Developmental Sustainability through Heritage Preservation: Two Chinese Case Studies. Sustainability, 2020, 12, 3705.

  • Wang Qianyi, Cheong KC, Li Yurui*. Who Benefits From Development? Analyzing the Stakeholder Contestations in a Traditional Settlement of Malaysia, Housing Policy Debate2020, DOI10.1080/10511482.2020.1769154

  • Wang Guogang, Liu Yansui, Li Yurui*. Dynamic trends and driving forces of land use intensification of cultivated land in China. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2015, 25(1): 45-57. 

  • Wang, Jieyong, Liu Yanjiao, Li Yurui*. Ecological restoration under rural restructuring: A case study of Yan’an in China’s loess plateau. Land Use Policy, 2019, 87: 104087.

  • Liu Yansui, Guo Yanjun, Li Yurui*, Li Yuheng. GIS-based effect assessment of soil erosion before and after gully land consolidation: A case study of Wangjiagou Project Region, Loess Plateau. Chinese Geographical Science, 2015, 25(2): 137-146.

  • Tang Wei, Zhou Tiancai, Sun Jian*, Li Yurui*, Li Weipeng. Accelerated urban expansion in Lhasa City and the implications for sustainable development in a plateau city. Sustainability, 2017. 9(9), 1499; doi:10.3390/su9091499.

  • Cao Zhi, Li Yurui, Liu Yansui, Chen Yufu, Wang Yongsheng. When and where did the Loess Plateau turn “green”? Analysis of the tendency and breakpoints of the normalized difference vegetation index. Land Degradation & Development. 2018, 29: 162–175.

  • Qiao Luyin, Li Yurui, Liu Yansui, Yang Ren, et al. The spatio‐temporal change of China's net floating population at county scale from 2000 to 2010. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 2016, 57(3): 365-378.

  • Li Yuheng, Li Yurui, Hans Westlund, Liu Yansui. Urban–rural transformation in relation to cultivated land conversion in China: Implications for optimizing land use and balanced regional development. Land Use Policy, 2015, 47: 218-224. 

  • Liu Yansui, Chen Cong, Li Yurui. Differentiation regularity of urban-rural equalized development at prefecture-level city in China. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2015, 25(9): 1075-1088. 

  • Long Hualou, Li Yurui, Liu Yansui, Michael Woods, Zou Jian. Accelerated restructuring in rural China fueled by “increasing vs. decreasing balance” land-use policy for dealing with hollowed villages. Land Use Policy, 2012, 29(1): 11-22. 

  • Long Hualou, Zou Jian, Pykett Jessica, Li Yurui. Analysis of rural transformation development in China since the turn of the new millennium. Applied Geography, 2011, 31(3): 1094-1105. 

  • Long Hualou, Liu Yongqiang, Hou Xuegang, Li Tingting, Li Yurui. Effects of land use transitions due to rapid urbanization on ecosystem services: Implications for urban planning in the new developing area of China. Habitat International, 2014, 44: 536-544. 

  • Yang Yuanyuan, Liu Yansui, Li Yurui,  Du Guoming. Quantifying spatio-temporal patterns of urban expansion in Beijing during 1985–2013 with rural-urban development transformation. Land Use Policy, 2018, 74: 220-230.

  • Zhou Yang, Liu Yansui, Wu Wenxiang, Li Yurui. Effects of rural–urban development transformation on energy consumption and CO2 emissions: A regional analysis in China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, 52: 863-875.

  • Long Hualou, Li Yurui, Liu Yansui. Population and settlement change in China’s countryside: causes, consequences and countermeasures. Editors: Mary Cawley, Ana Maria Bicalho, Lucette Laurens. The Sustainability of Rural Systems: global and local challenges and opportunities. Publisher: Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway and CSRS of the International Geographical Union (IGU), 2013: 123-133. ISBN No: 978-0-9574255-0. 



曹智  博士研究生  070502-人文地理学  

范朋灿  硕士研究生  070502-人文地理学  

曹丽哲  硕士研究生  095110-农村与区域发展  

常贵蒋  硕士研究生  095110-农村与区域发展  

张英男  博士研究生  070502-人文地理学  

覃小菲  硕士研究生  070502-人文地理学  

张轩畅  博士研究生  070502-人文地理学  


陈宁康  硕士研究生  070502-人文地理学  

石习言  硕士研究生  085700-资源与环境  

潘玮  博士研究生  070502-人文地理学  

Referee for the International Journals

Applied Geography * Cities * Habitat International * Journal of Cleaner Production * Journal of Environmental Management * Journal of Environmental Economics and Management * Journal of Mountain Science * Journal of Rural Studies * Land Degradation& Development * Land Use Policy * PLOS ONE * Regional Environmental Change * Regional Studies