Ruishan Chen

Ruishan Chen

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Past visiting scholar
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability


Professional Experience:

  • 2018: Visiting professor at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • 2017: Expert of Lancang-Mekong cooperation center of the ministry of water resources of China
  • 2017: Member of IGU commission on Biogeography and Biodiversity
  • 2015-2018: International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Yong Fellow on Assessment of Land degradation and Restoration
  • 2015: International Social Science Council (ISSC) world social science fellow (WSSF) on sustainable development goals
  • Reviewer of IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees, and Ocean and Cryosphere
  • 2013-: Trainer and focal point of Network of Sustainable hydropower development in Mekong River countries (NSHD-M) of GIZ
  • 2015-: Coordinator of Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) Asia Hub
  • 2015- : Professor, Zijiang young scholar, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
  • 2013-2015: Associate Professor, Hohai University, Nanjing City, China


2011.09-2013.03: Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University

Visiting scholar: Research topic: Geospatial analysis of land system change

2008.09-2013.07: College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

Ph.D. in Geography: Thesis: Land degradation in Southwest China: current status and future scenarios

2004.09-2008.07: College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University

B.S., major in Geography

Research Interests:
Land system change, land degradation and restoration
Ecosystem services, remote sensing and GIS,
Coupled human-environmental systems
Food security and sustainable consumption
Urban Climate change and metabolism