Dr. Feng is a member of the Human Dimension of Global Change (HDGC) program. His research is focused on consumption-based environmental accounting at local, national, and global scales. His expertise is in spatial ecological-economic modeling with regards to sustainable production and consumption, scenario analysis and evaluation of environmental issues. His current research includes teleconnecting local consumption to global social and environmental impacts.  

Areas of Interest

  • Teleconnection of local consumption and global environmental change
  • Consumption-based energy and carbon accounting
  • Water footprint and virtual water flow
  • Environmental input-output analysis
  • Environmental issues in China
  • Hybrid life-cycle analysis
  • Sustainable consumption and production


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Ecological Economics, University of Leeds, 2011
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Sustainability Research, University of Leeds, 2007
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Environmental Management & Env Sci, University of Leeds, 2006
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG415 Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability Spring 2015 Syllabus
GEOG788J Deforestation, Land Grab, and Global Commodity Chain Fall 2015

Principle Investigator

05/2022 – 12/2022 "Assessing water security from agricultural expansion in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru under future climate change: a coupled socio-economic and biophysical accounting framework" funded by Inter-American Development Bank. (Total 25,000)

03/2019 – 02/2010   “Managing Water Footprint and Virtual Water of Main Economic Sectors in Latin America and Caribbean: A Water-Energy-Food Nexus Analysis Using a Coupled Physical and Socio-Economic Accounting Framework” funded by Inter-American Development Bank. (Total 115,000)

09/2017 – 12/2018   “Climate risk: managing distributional impacts of carbon taxes” funded by Inter-American Development Bank (Total $60,000)

07/2018 – 06/2019   "Accounting and Modeling Urban Low Carbon Transformation: Case Studies of the US and Australia" funded by the BSOS Dean’s Research Initiative. (Total $6,000)

07/2015 – 06/2016   “Economic Transport Modeling to Link Climate Change to Socio-Economic Vulnerability in Alaska” funded by the BSOS Dean’s Research Initiative. (Total $7,500)

12/2014 – 11/2016   "Venture: Linking local consumption to global impacts" funded by National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) (Total ~$40,000)



  • International
    2021 - Present Editor: Ecological Economics
  • International
    2020 - Present Associate Editor: Science of the Total Environment

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Xiangjie Chen
  • Baobao Liu
  • Triet Nguyen
  • Jiaxun Sun
  • Yuhao Wang
Kuishuang Feng
Room 1125 Lefrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
kfeng [at] umd.edu