I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, USA.
As an economic geographer and a development specialist, my research examines the location, distribution and spatial organization of economic activities, such as foreign direct investment and business location, and the associated development outcomes with respect to economic inequality, land use change, environmental sustainability, and innovation capacity.
I also have interests in urban and environmental studies and planning. My current research in this area is focused on urbanization, urban ecosystem services, land use and transportation planning, urban infrastructure, smart cities, and their effects on cities and communities with respect to residential choices, housing values, social justice, human well-being and health, and resilience.
Most of my research is quantitative, building upon my methodological expertise in spatial analysis and statistics, geographic information science (GIS), and computational spatial science. And my area of specialties is on the United States and China.
My research often cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries. I routinely collaborate with scholars in geography, planning, ecology, civil and environmental engineering, and computer science. My research has been published in Applied Geography, The Professional Geographer, Annals of Regional Science, TESG, Environment and Planning C, Urban Studies, Habitat International, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, and Sustainability.
I periodically recruit graduate students who want to pursue their PhD/MS degree at the University of Idaho, a flagship research and land-grant institution in the state of Idaho of the United States.