Dr. Feng is an Ecological Economist. 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


  • Ph.D
    Ecological Economics, University of Leeds, 2011
  • MA
    Sustainability Research, University of Leeds, 2007
  • BA
    Environmental Management & Env Sci, University of Leeds, 2006
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG416 Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions Spring 2018 Syllabus
GEOG416 Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Interactions Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG788J Deforestation, Land Grab, and Global Commodity Chain Fall 2015
GEOG415 Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability Spring 2015 Syllabus

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

08/2014 – 08/2015 "Research and Application on Big Data on Environment and Energy in the Chinese Industrial Sector” funded by the Energy Foundation - Beijing Office. (Total $150,000 Co-Principle Investigator)

  • 2015 - present Associate Editor: Energy, Ecology and Environment, Springer
  • 2015-2016 Guest Editor: Applied Energy. Special Issue: Energy consumption and GHG mitigation targets
  • 2015 – 2016 Guest Editor: Journal of Industrial Ecology. Special Issue: Linking Local to global
Kuishuang Feng
Room 1139 Lefrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
kfeng [at] umd.edu