Yangfan Li




Yangfan Li (李杨帆) Ph.D
Xiamen University, Xiamen, China


Dr. Yangfan Li’s work integrates urbanization, environmental change and ecosystem resilience in China’s coastal cities, and he hopes to use his understanding in these areas to influence the decision-making of the Chinese government. In the end, he wants to make a positive contribution to the lives of the Chinese people.

Dr. Li has published more than 60 papers and two books in his research area and received numerous awards for outstanding papers, the 2011 Green Talents Sustainability Prize by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for example. He was granted several important research projects on urban sustainability including projects on landscape security thresholds and resilience in coastal urban sprawl areas, which were funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Dr Li, who is now an associate professor in the College of the Environment & Ecology, Xiamen University, a joint professor in the Coastal and Ocean Management Institute (COMI), Xiamen University, a member of the Scientific Steering Committee on Environmental Planning of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences and the Scientific Steering Committee on Eco-City Research at the Chinese Society of Urban Studies in China.

Research Interests/Expertise:  urbanization and environmental studies; urban region and landscape ecology; environmental RS and spatial analysis; urban watershed and wetlands; sustainability science

Selected Publications

Li, Y.F., Zhang, X.X., Ma, S.Q., Cao, H.H., & Cao, J.K. (2016). Assessing spatial vulnerability from rapid urbanization to inform coastal urban regional planning. Ocean & Coastal Management, 123, pp. 53-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.01.010

Li, Y.F., Li, Y., & Wu, W. (2015). Threshold and resilience management of coupled urbanization and water environmental system in the rapidly changing coastal region. Environmental Pollution, 208, pp. 87-95. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.08.042

Li, Y., Li, Y.F., Qureshi, S., Kappas, M., & Hubacek, K. (2015). On the relationship between landscape ecological patterns and water quality across gradient zones of rapid urbanization in coastal China. Ecological Modelling, 318, pp. 100-108. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.01.028

Li, Y.F., Shi, Y.L., Zhu, X.D., Cao, H.H., & Yu, T. (2014). Coastal wetland loss and environmental change due to rapid urban expansion in Lianyungag, Jiangsu, China. Regional Environmental Change, 14(3), pp. 1175-1188. doi: 10.1007/s10113-013-0552-1