Dr. Feng is a member of the Human Dimension of Global Change (HDGC) program. His research involves developing coupled human and natural system models to gain a better understanding of various resources and environmental management issues, such as carbon emissions, water, land, and air pollution, in the context of globalization and socio-economic development. A key innovation of his research is developing a nested local to global multi-regional input-output analysis that tracks the tele-connected environmental and social consequences of human decisions across complex networks of domestic and global supply-chains. Such a multi-scale approach holds promise to advance interdisciplinary research by marrying place-based with global change research. In addition, his team's research addresses many urgent environmental policy issues, such as distributional effects of environmental policies across regions and income groups, carbon tax revenue redistribution to protect poor, social and environmental inequality, climate mitigation targets and Sustainable Development Goals.

Areas of Interest

  • Teleconnection of local consumption and global environmental change
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Just Transition
  • Consumption-based environmental accounting
  • Environmental input-output analysis
  • Hybrid life-cycle analysis


  • 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
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Room 1125 Lefrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
kfeng [at] umd.edu