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Wei-Qiang Chen
Highest Education:
1799 Jimei Road, Xiamen
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Education and Appointments:

2004/08–2010/07 Ph.D., Environmental Science & Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing

2006/09–2006/12 Exchange Student, Venice International University, Venice, Italy

2000/09–2004/07 B.S., Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Main academic contributions:
Research Interest:

General: Industrial Ecology and Urban Ecology; Complex System Science; Environmental Economics, Natural Resources Economics, and Ecological Economics; Environmental Policy and Sustainable Resources Management;

Specific: Anthropogenic Cycles of Materials, Environmental Consequences of International Trade, Urban Metabolism, Industrial Symbiosis, and Urban Environmental Management

Selected Publications:

1) Wang, Q.-C.; Wang, P.; Qiu, Yang.; Dai, T; and Chen, W.-Q. *. Byproduct Surplus: Lighting the Depreciative Europium in China’s Rare Earth Boom. Environmental Science & Technology. 2020.276:124221.
2) Ren, Y.-N.; Liu, G.-X.; Pu, G.-Y.; Chen, Y.-M.; Chen, W.-Q. and Shi, L*. Restoring Spatiotemporal evolution of the international plastic resin trade network. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2020.276:124221.
3) Liu, Y.-P.; Chen, C.; Li, J.-J.; and Chen, W.-Q.* Characterizing three dimensional (3-D) morphology of residential buildings by landscape metrics. Landscape Ecology. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-020-01084-8.
4) Song, L.-L.; Wang, P.; Xiang, K.-Y.; and Chen, W.-Q.* Regional disparities in decoupling economic growth and steel stocks: Forty years of provincial evidence in China. Journal of Environmental Management. 2020.271:111035.
5) Xu, W.; Chen, W.-Q.*; Jiang, D.-Q.; Zhang, C.; Ma, Z.-J.; Ren, Y.; and Shi, L. Evolution of the global polyethylene waste trade system. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. 2020, 6 (1): 1-16.
6) Song, L.-L.; Wang, P.*; Hao, M.; Dai, M.; Xiang, K.-Y.; Li, N.; and Chen, W.-Q.* Mapping provincial steel stocks and flows in China: 1978-2050. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2020, 262: 121393.
7) Hao, M.; Wang, P*; Song L.-L.; Dai, M.; Ren, Y; and Chen, W.-Q.* Spatial distribution of copper in-use stocks and flows in China: 1978–2016. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2020, 261: 121260.
8) Yang, Y.; Liu, B.-B.; Wang, P.; Chen, W.-Q.*; and Smith, T.-M. Toward Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 2020, 24 (2): 318-330.
9) Chen, W.-Q.*; Ma, Z.-J.; Pauliuk, S.; and Wang, T. Physical and Monetary Methods for Estimating the Hidden Trade of Materials. Resources. 2019, 8, (2).
10) Liu, Y.-P.; Chen, W.-Q.*; Lin, T.; and Gao, L. How Spatial Analysis Can Help Enhance Material Stocks and Flows Analysis? Resources. 2019, 8, (1).
11) Song, L.-L.; Zhang, C.; Han, J.; and Chen, W.-Q.* In-use product and steel stocks sustaining the urbanization of Xiamen, China. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. 2019, 5 (1): 110-123.
12) Dai, M.; Wang, P.; Chen, W.-Q.*; and Liu, G. Scenario analysis of China's aluminum cycle reveals the coming scrap age and the end of primary aluminum boom. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2019, 226: 793-804.
13) Li, X.-Y.; Ge, J.-P.*; Chen, W.-Q.*; and Wang, P. Scenarios of rare earth elements demand driven by automotive electrification in China: 2018–2030. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2019, 145: 322-331.
14) Huang, B.-J.*; Zhao, F., Fishman, T., Chen, W.-Q.; Heeren, N.; and Hertwich, E. G. Building Material Use and Associated Environmental Impacts in China 2000-2015. Environmental Science & Technology. 2018, 52(23):14006-14014.
15) Jiang, D.*; Chen, W.-Q.; Liu, W.; and Chertow, M.* Inter-Sectoral Bisphenol A (BPA) Flows in the 2012 Chinese Economy. Environmental Science & Technology. 2017, 51 (15): 8654–8662
16) Chen, W.-Q.*; Shi, Y.-L.; Wu, S.-L.; and Zhu, Y.-G.* Anthropogenic Arsenic Cycles: A Research Framework and Features. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2016, 139:328-336.
17) Nuss, P.*; Chen, W.-Q.*; Ohno, H.; and Graedel, T.E. Structural Investigation of Aluminum in the US Economy using Network Analysis. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016, 50(7): 4091-4101.
18) Ohno, H.*; Nuss, P.; Chen, W.-Q.*; and Graedel, T.E. Deriving the Metal and Alloy Networks of Modern Technology. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016, 50(7): 4082-4090.
19) Chen, W.-Q.*; Graedel, T.E.; Nuss, P.; and Ohno, H. Building the Material Flow Networks of Aluminum in the 2007 U.S. Economy. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016, 50(7): 3905-3912.
20) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E.* In-Use Product Stocks Link Manufactured Capital to Natural Capital. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2015, 112(20): 6265-6270.
21) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E. Improved Alternatives for Estimating In-Use Material Stocks. Environmental Science & Technology. 2015, 49(5): 3048–3055.
22) Chen, W.-Q.* and Graedel, T.E. Anthropogenic Cycles of the Elements: A Critical Review. Environmental Science & Technology. 2012, 46(16): 8674-8586.
23) Chen, W.-Q.* and Shi, L. Analysis of Aluminum Stocks and Flows in Mainland China from 1950 to 2009: Exploring the Dynamics Driving the Rapid Increase in China's Aluminum Production. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2012, 65: 18-28.
24) Chen, W.-Q.; Shi, L.*; and Qian Y. Substance Flow Analysis of Aluminium in Mainland China for 2001, 2004 and 2007: Exploring its Initial Sources, Eventual Sinks and the Pathways linking them. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2010, 54(9): 557-70.
25) Wen, Z.-G.*; Zhang, K.-M.; Huang, L.-Y.; Du, B.; Chen, W.-Q.; and Li W. Genuine Saving rate: An Integrated Indicator to Measure Urban Sustainable Development towards an Ecocity. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. 2005, 12: 184-96.

Supported Projects:

1. Structure and Evolution of the Global Material Flow Networks of Critical Rare Earth Elements. National Natural Science Foundation of China.NO. 41671523
2. Digital mapping of copper, iron, and aluminum storage in Chinese cities. Key program of frontier science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. QYZDB-SSW-DQC012).
3. Potential urban mining evaluation and application. The eighth batch support project of “Double Hunred Plan” overseas high-level talents (innovation) in Xiamen.
4. Research on drivers, impacts, and regulation strategies of anthropogenic circulation of elements in urbanization. One hundred person project of of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
5. Transpotation processes and coupling mechanisms of material flows in cities and regions. Sub-program III “Transpotation processes and coupling mechanisms of material, energy, and information flows in cities and regions” (No. 2017YFC0505703) in National key R&D program “Ecological coupling and regulation mechanisms in urbanization and regions” (No. 2017YFC0505700)
6. Anthropogenic cycle and emission of cadmium in China. Special fund of State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control (Tsinghua University)(No. 17K01ESPCT)
7. The neodymium flows and stocks with life cycle and environmental impact. Science and Technology Guiding Program of Fujian Province (No. Y7F0331D80).
8. Spatio-temporal dynamics of in-use steel stocks and its mechanism in Haixi urban agglomeration. National Natural Science Foundation of China.NO. 41801207
9. Study on urban material spatio-temporal metabolism and mechanisms in buildings and transport infrastructures: A case study in Beijing. National Natural Science Foundation of China.NO. 41671523