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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Ph.D. candidate, Human Geography, Peking University, 2010-

Visiting student, Geography, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2015

B.A. Economics, Peking University, 2007-2010

B.S. Geography, Peking University, 2006-2010


Xiyan Mao was a PhD candidate in the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. He also served as a research assistant in the Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy. With a comprehensive background in physical geography, economic geography, resource management and economics, his published research articles span a wide range of aspects on human-environment interactions, such as expansion of construction and carbon emissions, tourism development and deforestation, regional development and ecological security, and the changing spatial distribution of resource-based industries. These researches reach across multiple spatial scales (from local to national) and diverse typical areas (from less developed and eco-fragile region to developed and eco-sensitive region). Approaches for these studies include complex system models, statistical analysis, household surveys and spatial analysis of geo-spatial data.

His research focused on the role of environmental regulation on reshaping the geography of dirty trade. Using the product-level data of Chinese import and export, he seeked to explore in depth the changing spatial pattern of dirty trade from a perspective of global-local interactions. Environmental regulations across different scales were incorporated to answer how they operate at the local, national and international level simultaneously and then modify the global and local pattern of dirty trade. 

Former visiting student
 Xiyan  Mao