Laixiang Sun

Professor, Graduate Director

Laixiang Sun is a Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, UMD.  He was previously the Chair Professor and Head of Department at Department of Financial and Management Studies, SOAS, University of London. He was awarded the title “Fellow (Academician) of the Academy of Social Sciences” ( in February 2010. He is a research professor at Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) in China Academy of Sciences. He is affiliated with Guanghua School of Management in Peking University, Beijing, China, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. He has produced more than 130 research publications in regional sciences and regional economics, environmental sciences and management, business and management studies, integrated modelling, and ecological economics. He has been a principal investigator or leading scientist in a number of research projects sponsored by the EU; British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, ESRC, and Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK; Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Sciences Foundation, and Ministry of Education in China. He has taught more than 20 different courses in universities in China, the Netherlands, Finland, the UK, and the USA spanning from systems analysis, economics, econometrics, calculus to corporate governance and international business studies.

Areas of Interest:
  • Regional sciences and regional economics
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Integrated modelling and applied systems analysis
  • spatial economics and econometrics
  • ecological economics and development economics
  • international business studies
  • Ph.D Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands, 1997
  • MS Mathematics, Peking University, China, 1985
  • BS Mathematics, Peking University, China, 1982
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG333 The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective Spring 2018 Syllabus
GEOG432 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG732 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG331 Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change Spring 2017 Syllabus
GEOG432 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG732 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG416 Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions Fall 2014
GEOG432 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2014
GEOG732 Spatial Econometrics Fall 2014
International President (2012-13) and Member of the Board of Directors, Chinese Economist Association (UK & Europe
Professional Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), the UK
Professional Co-Editor, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies
Professional Executive Member of the Editorial Board, China Quarterly
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