Laixiang Sun is a Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, UMD. He was previously a Chair Professor and the Head of Department at Department of Financial and Management Studies in SOAS University of London, and Senior Economist at International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. He was awarded the title “Fellow (Academician) of the Academy of Social Sciences” (www.acss.org.uk) in February 2010.  He has produced more than 190 research publications in regional sciences and regional economics, environmental sciences and management, business and management studies, integrated modelling, and ecological economics. He has been a principal investigator or leading scientist in more than 30 research projects sponsored by the European Commission; NASA in the USA; British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, ESRC, EPSRC, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), and Met Office in the UK; Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Sciences Foundation, and Ministry of Education in China. He has taught more than 20 different courses in universities in China, the Netherlands, Finland, the UK, and the USA spanning from systems analysis, economics, econometrics, calculus to corporate governance, international business studies, and urban geography. The 2022 top scientists ranking for Economics and Finance published by Research.com ranked him 1,163 worldwide, 720 in the United States.

Areas of Interest

  • Regional sciences and regional economics
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Integrated modelling and applied systems analysis
  • spatial economics and econometrics
  • ecological economics and development economics
  • international business studies
  • Agricultural economics

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    Ph.D
    Degree Details
    Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands, 1997
  • Degree Type
    MS
    Degree Details
    Mathematics, Peking University, China, 1985
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Mathematics, Peking University, China, 1982
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG416 Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions Fall 2014
GEOG333 The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective Spring 2018 Syllabus
GEOG333 The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective Spring 2019 Syllabus
GEOG432 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2014
GEOG432 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG432 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG732 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG732 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2014
GEOG732 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG331 Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change Spring 2017 Syllabus
  • Professional
    Fellow/Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), the UK
  • Professional
    Associate Editor, Cleaner Production Letters, June 2020-Present.
  • Professional
    Co-Editor (2008-2013) & Board Member (Since 2008), Journal of Chinese Economic & Business Studies,
  • Professional
    Editorial Board Member, Management Decision, July 2012-Present
  • Professional
    Editorial Board Member, Energy, Ecology and Environment (E3), Nature-Springer, 2015-Present.
  • Professional
    Executive Member of the Editorial Board, China Quarterly, 2004-2014.
  • International
    President (2012-13) & Member of the Board of Directors, Chinese Economist Association (UK & Europe)

Current Students

Former Students

  • Yu Xin
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geographical Sciences, UMD.
  • Austin Sandler
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Connecticut.
  • Daniel Teodoro
    Postdoctoral researcher, Resilience Lab, Tech University Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Jose Funes
    Economic Geographer, District of Columbia Office of Planning, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • Raul Munoz Castillo
    Sector Senior Specialist, Water and Sanitation, Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Honglin Zhong
    Professor, Shandong University Weihai Campus, Shandong, China.

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Guangxiao Hu
  • Ipsita Kumar
Laixiang Sun
Room 1117 LeFrak
Department of Geographical Sciences
Email
lsun123 [at] umd.edu