Liang Emlyn Yang

Research Fellow, Spring 2015

Liang Yang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Graduate School of Human Development in Landscapes, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Germany. Liang has also served as a Climate-KIC fellow and mentor practicing climate entrepreneurship since 2011. He acted as assistant supervisor of two master students and assisted teaching in both the University of Hamburg and University of Kiel. He is a regular member of the Association of the American Geographers (AAG) and the China Society of Natural Resources. He has also worked for the World Future Council on regenerative urban development in China.

His recent activities include the study of climate change and social inequality in ancient societies, the simulation of environment migrations in Southeast Europe, and the bottom-up resilience building in mountainous West China. Liang studied and worked in the Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) in the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he received his PhD in Geography in 2014, focusing on urban water risks in the context of climate change. His research interests includes climate-related environment risk/vulnerability assessment, agent-based modeling on human responses to climate impacts, and he seeks to develop solutions for climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience building. Liang has a strong background in stakeholder-based technologies within the field of ecosystem management and climate adaptation. His research objective is to establish a new landscape of bottom-up climate adaptation/mitigation in both theory and practice.

Before he moved to Germany in 2010 to pursue his PhD, Liang studied at the Southwest University in China, and received his MSc in Natural Resources Management and Geography from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, IGSNRR, Beijing. He received his BSc in Land Planning and Management from Southwest University at Chongqing, China. His study and work in China mainly related to land use planning/management in the rural-urban spaces. He has published about 20 peer-reviewed research papers.