About

Chuan Liao

I am a geographer and interdisciplinary sustainability scientist in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. I obtained my BS in Resource Science at Beijing Normal University in 2010, and my MS and PhD in Natural Resources at Cornell University in 2012 and 2015. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Michigan from 2015 to 2018. My research aims to understand relationships among land, rights, and resources, and causal mechanisms for achieving synergistic outcomes in agricultural production, environmental conservation, and human well-being. My research applies experimental, observational, participatory, statistical and modeling approaches to test theories on coupled socio-ecological systems and sustainability. I have published my work in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Annals of American Association of Geographers, Applied Geography, Current Opinions in Environment and Sustainability, Development & Change, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, Science, among other journals.