Feng Li

Address: Tsinghua University, No.30 Shuangqing Road, Beijing, China



Feng Li, PhD in Ecology, is a Professor at Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Doctoral Supervisor. And he is also a Director of the Ecological Restoration Research Center of the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the United States. His main research interests are urban ecology, landscape planning and ecological restoration, ecological space and infrastructure, and ecological assets and ecological products. He is the President of the China Chapter of the International Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), the Director of the urban ecology committee, of the Ecological Society of China (ESC) and the Vice President of the Urban Forest Council, Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cleaner Production, Acta Ecologica Sinica and Environmental Protection Science. He has hosted over 30 research projects at national, provincial, ministerial and municipal levels. He published more than 150 papers and nine books. He has been awarded nine international, national, provincial and ministerial scientific and technological awards. Prof. Li has been selected for the Elsevier list of highly cited scholars in China from 2020 to 2022. His research results have provided the scientific basis and decision-making advice for ecological restoration and high-quality green development in areas, e.g. Xiongan New Area, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Pearl River Delta and Inner Mongolia.



l Urban Ecology

l Landscape Planning and Ecological Restoration

l Ecological Assets and Ecosystem Services

l Ecological Spaces and Infrastructure


l 1992-1996, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Bachelor

l 1998-2001, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Master

l 2001-2004, State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PhD

l 2011-2012, Department of Biology/ Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, United States, Visiting Scholar


l 1996-2001, Chinese Academy of Forestry

l 2004-2018, State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, including 2014-2018, Professor, PhD Director

l 2018-present, Department of Landscape ArchitectureSchool of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Professor and PhD Director

l 2019-present, Ecological Restoration Research Center, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Director


l Undergraduate course: Fundamentals of Ecology

l Postgraduate course: Theory and Practice of Ecological Restoration


The National Natural Science Foundation of China Projects

1. 2018-2022, Key Project, Evaluation Methodology and Management Mechanism of Urban Ecological Assets.

2. 2016-2020, Key Project, Ecological Community Construction and Integrated Urban Ecological Management Mechanism Research.

3. 2016-2020, International cooperation project, Ecological transformation of urbanization: promoting sustainable development in China's large urban areas.

4. 2013-2016, General Program, Evaluation model, management model and regulation method of urban ecological infrastructure.

5. 2010-2012, General Program, physiological and ecological response of urban plants to different surface hardening.

6. 2009-2011, Youth Project, Urban Ecological Land Accounting and Management Methodology.

7. 2011-2014, Key Project, Industrial Ecosystem Management Mechanism and Methodology Research.

8. 2006-2009, Key Project, Complex Ecological Management of Regional Urban Development.

9. 2001-2004, Key Project, Regional Ecological Service Functions and Regulatory Mechanisms of Urban Development in Shanghai, Jiaxing and Hangzhou.

National key projects and ministry projects

1. 2016-2021, National Key R&D Program, Ecological Landscape Reconstruction and Damaged Ecological Space Restoration Technologies in the Pearl River Delta City Cluster.

2. 2014-2017, Science and Technology Service Network Initiative, Urban Ecological Assets Accounting Indicators and Quantification Methods.

3. 2012-2014, Special Project of Ministry of Environmental Protection/Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Comprehensive Assessment of Urbanization and Ecological and Environmental Impacts.

4. 2013-2014, Major Consulting Project of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Ecological Civilization Construction and Energy Production and Consumption Revolution.

5. 2012-2014, Major Consulting Project of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Typical Urban Ecosystem Health and Regulatory Responses.

6. 2010-2012, Eleventh Five-Year Plan Science and Technology Support Program Project of Ministry of Science and Technology, Key Technology and Demonstration for Urban-Rural Integration of Ecological Protection.

7. 2008-2011, Eleventh Five-Year Plan Science and Technology Support Program Project of Ministry of Science and Technology, Integrated Research and Application Demonstration of Ecological Restoration Technology in Urban Areass.

Local government and corporate commissions

1. 2022-2023, Capacity Assessment Study on the Development of Rural Residential Accommodation in Longquanshan Urban Forest Park, Chengdu.

2. 2020-2021, Beijing National Spatial Ecological Restoration Plan (2020-2035) / Restoration Strategies for Beijing's Green Space System from the Perspective of Ecological Infrastructure.

3. 2019-2021, Natural Forest Protection and Restoration Plan for Guangdong Province (2021-2035).

4. 2019-2021, Planning for the Construction and Protection of Ecological Public Welfare Forests in Guangdong Province (2021-2035).

5. 2020-2021, Comprehensive Assessment and Ecological Restoration of Urban Ecosystems in Hohhot City.

6. 2019-2021, Comprehensive Management Planning Study on Ecological Restoration in Dengkou, Inner Mongolia, Yellow River Basin.

7. 2016-2019, Ecological Space and Circular Economy Construction Planning Study of Baiyangdian (Xiongan New Area).

8. 2014-2016, New Urbanization Pathways in Counties around Mega Cities - Ecological Planning and Implementation Policies in Zengcheng, Guangzhou.

9. 2009-2013, Ecological City and Ecological Restoration Planning Research in the Central City of Huaibei.

10. 2011-2012, Urban Spatial Development Strategy of Hefei City and Planning for Ecological Protection and Restoration and Tourism Development in the Chaohu Lake Ring.

11. 2010-2011, Environmental Impact Assessment of Tangjialing and Tujing New Town and Mixed-Use Industrial Land in Haidian District, Beijing.

12. 2009-2011, Urban Ecological Planning Study of Ningguo City.

13. 2008-2009, Urban Ecological Land Use Planning Methodology Study in Changzhou City.

14. 2004-2006, Planning Study on the Construction of Ecological City of Jining.

15. 2004-2006, Eco-city Construction Planning Study of Dafeng.

16. 2008-2010, Ecological Civilization Construction Planning Study of Hangzhou.

17. 2006-2007, Planning of Ecological Function Zoning and Ecological Corridor Construction in Panyu Area, Guangzhou.

18. 2001-2005, Ecological City Construction Planning Study of Yangzhou.

19. 2001-2005, Ecological Province Construction Planning Study of Hainan.


1. Highly Cited Chinese Researchers, Elsevier, 2020-2022.

2. MORE THAN A GREEN LOOP: Beijing Suburban Catchments as Potential Habitat and Carbon Absorber, IFLA AAPME Awards, Analysis and Planning, Awards of Excellence, 2022.

3. Identification and Ecological Restoration of Green Infrastructure in Beijing, IFLA Asia-Pacific Landscape Architecture Awards (IFLA-APR), Honourable Mention, 2021.

4. Beijing Territorial Spatial Ecological Restoration Plan (2021-2035). Urban planning society of Beijing, First Prize of Beijing Excellent Urban and Rural Planning, 2021.

5. Innovation Leading the Development of the Discipline, Building an "Integrated, Interactive and Modular" Master of Landscape Architecture Education System, Second Prize of Beijing Education Teaching Achievement Award, 2021.

6. Comprehensive evaluation of sustainable development for different scale cities in China. Acta Ecologica Sinica influential academic papers 2010-2019,2020.

7. Changzhou Ecological City Construction Outline——Ecological Land Planning, Third Prize of Jiangsu Provincial Development and Reform Commission and Engineering Consulting Association for Consulting Achievements, 2010.

8. Demonstration Research on Composite Ecosystem Theory and Sustainable Development Model, Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress, 2007.

9. Planning Methodology of Ecological City Construction in Yangzhou, Third Prize of Science and Technology Progress of Jiangsu Province, 2005.

10. Application of Composite Ecosystem Theory in the Construction of Hainan Eco-Province, First Prize of Hainan Provincial Science and Technology Progress, 2005.

11. Analysis of the Population Carrying Capacity of Ecological Beijing, Second Prize of Science and Technology Progress, Capital Planning and Construction Commission and Beijing Municipal Planning Commission, 2004.


1. Tsinghua Forum on Ecological Assets, 1st in 2021, biennial.

2. International Meeting on Rewilding and Ecological Restoration, 1st in 2021, biennial.



1. Li Feng, et al. Theory and practice of ecological restoration (The 14th Five-Year Plan Textbook). China Architecture & Building Press, 2023.

2. Li Feng. Methods, Technologies and Applications of Ecological Restoration in the Pearl River Delta Urban Agglomeration. Tsinghua University Press,2023.

3. Li Feng, Wang Dong, Liao Qijing, et al. Urban Ecological Planning, Restoration and Management - The Case of Zengcheng District, Guangzhou. China Architecture & Building Press,2022.

4. Feng Li. Evaluation and Management of Urban Ecological Infrastructure. Science Press, 2020.

5. Feng Li. Accounting and management of Urban ecological land. Science and technology of China press,2013.

6. Feng Li, Wang Rusong. Evaluation of the efficacy of urban green space services and ecological planning. China Meteorological Press,2006.

7. Han Yongwei (Editor-in-Chief), Li Feng (One of the Deputy Editors). Ecological protection of critical technologies for urban and rural integration, China Environmental Science Press, 2020.

8. Wang Rusong, Hu Dan, Li Feng. Integrative Ecological management for regional urbanization. China Meteorological Press,2010.

9. Cong Richun, Zhang Yingjie, Li Feng. Research On Selection of Conifer and Broadleaf Tree Species in Semi-arid Region. China Forestry Publishing House,2012.

Major papers

1. Chen Xinchuang, Li Feng, Li Xiaoqian, Hu Yinhong, Hu Panpan. Quantifying the demographic distribution characteristics of ecological space quality to achieve urban agglomeration sustainability. Environmental Research Letters,2021,16, 094025.

2. Chen Xinchuang, Li Feng, Li Xiaoqian, Liu Hongxiao, Hu Yinhong, Hu Panpan. Integrating Ecological Assessments to Target Priority Restoration Areas: A Case Study in the Pearl River Delta Urban Agglomeration, China. Remote Sensing,2021,13, 2424.

3. Chen Xinchuang, Li Feng, Li Xiaoqian, Hu Yinhong, Hu Panpan. Quantifying the Compound Factors of Forest Land Changes in the Pearl River Delta, China. Remote Sensing, 2021, 13, 1911.

4. Hu Panpan, Li Feng, Sun Xiao, Liu Yali, Chen Xinchuang, Hu Dan. Assessment of Land-Use/Cover Changes and Its Ecological Effect in Rapidly Urbanized Areas-Taking Pearl River Delta Urban Agglomeration as a Case. Sustainability, 2021, 13, 5075.

5. Chen Xinchuang, Li Feng*, Li Xiaoqian, Hu Yinhong, Wang Yue. Mapping ecological space quality changes for ecological management: A case study in the Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration, China. Journal Of Environmental Management, 2020,267, 110658.

6. Chen Xinchuang Li Feng*, Li Xiaoqian, Hu Yinhong, Hu Panpan. Evaluating and mapping water supply and demand for sustainable urban ecosystem management in Shenzhen, China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020,251,119754.

7. Liu Yijie, Zhou Chuanbin, Li Feng, Liu Hongju, Yang Jianxin. Stocks and flows of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 2020,154,104584.

8. Tao Yu, Li Feng*, Crittenden John, Lu Zhongming, Ou Weixin, Song Yingshi. Measuring urban environmental sustainability performance in China: A multi-scale comparison among different cities, urban clusters, and geographic regions. Cities, 2019, 94: 200-210.

9. Sun Xiao, Crittenden John C., Li Feng*, Lu Zhongming. Urban expansion simulation and the spatio-temporal changes of ecosystem services, a case study in Atlanta Metropolitan area, USA. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 622-623: 974-987.

10. Sun Xiao, Lu Zhongming, Li Feng*, Crittendenc John C. Analyzing spatio-temporal changes and trade-offs to support the supply of multiple ecosystem services in Beijing, China. Ecological Indicators, 2018, 94: 117-129.

11. Liu Hongxiao, Hu Yinhong, Li Feng*, Yuan Lingxiong. Associations of multiple ecosystem services and disservices of urban park ecological infrastructure and the linkages with socioeconomic factors. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018, 174: 868-879.

12. Li Feng*, Zhang Xiaoling, Zhao Dan, Liu Hongxiao, Zhou Chuanbin, Wang Rusong. Urban ecological infrastructure: An integrated network for ecosystem services and sustainable urban systems. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 163: S12-18.

13. Sun Xiao, Li Feng*. Spatiotemporal assessment and trade-offs of multiple ecosystem services based on land use changes in Zengcheng, China. Science of the Total Environment, 2017, 609:1569–1581.

14. Ding Yang, Li Feng*. Examining the effects of urbanization and industrialization on carbon dioxide emission: Evidence from China’s provincial regions. Energy, 2017, 125: 533-542.

15. Liu Hongxiao, Li Feng*, Li Juanyong, Zhang Yuyang. The relationships between urban parks, residents' physical activity, and mental health benefits: A case study from Beijing,China. Journal of Environmental Management, 2017, 190: 223-230.

16. Tao Yu, Li Feng*, John C. Crittenden, Lu Zhongming, Sun Xiao. Environmental impacts of China’s urbanization from 2000 to 2010 and management implications. Environmental Management, 2016, 57 (2), 498-507.

17. Sun Xiao, Li Feng*, Tao Yu, Song Yingshi , Comprehensive evaluation of different scale cities' sustainable development for economy, society, and ecological infrastructure in China, Journal of cleaner production, 2017, 163: S329-337.

18. Liu Hongxiao, Li Feng*, Xu Lianfang, Han Baolong, The impact of socio-demographic, environmental, and individual factors on urban park visitation in Beijing, China. Journal of cleaner production, 2017, 163: S181-188.

19. Gao Jie, Li Feng*, Gao Hui, Zhou Chuanbin, Zhang Xiaoling. The impact of land-use change on water-related ecosystem services: a study of the Guishui River Basin, Beijing, China. Journal of cleaner production, 2017, 163: S148-155.

20. Gao Hui, Zhou Chuanbin, Li Feng, Han Baolong, Li Xiuxia. Economic and environmental analysis of five Chinese rural toilet technologies based on the economic inputeoutput life cycle assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 163: S379-391.

21. Zhang Junying, Wang Yutao, Wang Chengdong, Wang Renqing, Li Feng*. Quantifying the emergy flow of an urban complex and the ecological services of a satellite town: a case study of Zengcheng, China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 163: S267-276.

22. Pandit Arka, Elizabeth A. Minné, Li Feng, Hillary Brown, Hyunju Jeong, Jean-Ann C. James, Joshua P. Newell, Marc Weissburg, Michael E. Chang, Ming Xu, Perry Yang, Rusong Wang, Valerie M. Thomas, Xuewei Yu, Zhongming Lu, John C. Crittenden, Infrastructure Ecology: An Evolving Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Development, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 163: S19-27.

23. Jia Jujie, Dai Zhicong, Li Feng, Liu Yanjie. How Will Global Environmental Changes Affect the Growth of Alien Plants? Frontiers in Plant Science, 2016, 7: 1-11.

24. Song Yingshi, Wang Xiaoke , Barbara A. Maher, Li Feng*, Xu Chongqi , Sun Xiao , Zhang Zeyang . The spatial-temporal characteristics and health impacts of ambient fine particulate matter in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016, 112: 1312-1318.

25. Li Feng*, Ye Yaping, Song Bowen, Wang Rusong. Evaluation of urban suitable ecological land based on the minimum cumulative resistance model: A case study from Changzhou, China. Ecological Modelling, 2015, 318: 194–203.

26. Tao Yu, Li Feng*, Wang Rusong, Zhao Dan, Effects of land use and cover change on terrestrial carbon stocks in urbanized areas: a study from Changzhou, China, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2015, 103 : 651-657.

27. Tao Yu, Li Feng*, Zhao Dan, Sun Xiao, Xu Lianfang, 2015. Variation in ecosystem services across an urbanization gradient: A study of terrestrial carbon stocks from Changzhou, China. Ecological Modelling. 2015, 318: 210-216.

28. Song Yingshi, Li Feng*, Wang Xiaoke, Xu Chongqi, Zhang Junying, Zhang Hongxing. The effects of urban impervious surfaces on eco-physiological characteristics of Ginkgo biloba: A case study from Beijing, China. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 2015, 14: 1102–1109.

29. Song Yingshi, Maher Barbara A., Li Feng, Wang Xiaoke, Sun Xiao, Zhang Hongxing. Particulate matter deposited on leaf of five evergreen species in Beijing, China: Source identification and size distribution. Atmospheric Environment, 2015, 105: 53-60.

30. Li Feng*, Ye Yaping, Song Bowen, Wang Rusong, Tao Yu. Assessing the changes in land use and ecosystem services in Changzhou municipality, Peoples’ Republic of China, 1991-2006. Ecological Indicators. 2014, 42: 95-103.

31. Li Feng, Wang Rusong*, Hu Dan, Ye Yaping, Yang Wenrui, Liu Hongxiao. Measurement methods and applications for beneficial and detrimental effects of ecological services. Ecological Indicators. 2014, 47: 102-111.

32. Li Feng*, Wang Rusong, Huisingh Donald. Call for papers for a special volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production on urban ecological infrastructure for healthier cities: governance, management and engineering. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2014, 83: 1-4.

33. Zhao Dan, Li Feng*, Wang Rusong, Song Yingshi, Tao Yu. The influence of different types of urban land use on soil microbial biomass and functional diversity in Beijing, China. Soil use and management. 2013, 29: 230-239.

34. Zhao Dan, Li Feng*, Wang Rusong, Yang Qingrui, Ni Hongshan. The effect of soil sealing on the microbial biomass, nitrogen transformation and related enzyme activities at various depths of soils in urban area of Beijing, China. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 2012, 12: 519-530.

35. 32. Han Yongwei,Li Feng*, Gao Jixi, Wang Baoliang, Liu Chengcheng, Gao Xinting. Evaluation of the Radiation Benefits of Soil Conservation Services in the Longdong Loess Plateau Important Eco-Function Area in China. Disaster Advances. 2012, 5 (S1): 146-151.

36. Li Feng, Zhao Dan, Wang Beibei, Jin Jiasheng, Hu Dan. 2011. Evaluating and modeling ecosystem service loss of coal mining: A case study of Mentougou district of Beijing, China. Ecological Complexity. 2011, 8: 139-143.

37. Yang Wenrui, Li Feng*, Wang Rusong, Hu Dan. Ecological benefits assessment and spatial modeling of urban7ecosystem for controlling urban sprawl in Eastern Beijing, China. Ecological Complexity. 2011, 8: 153-160.

38. Chang Hsiaofei, Li Feng*, Li Zhengguo, Wang Rusong, Wang Yanglin. Urban landscape pattern design from the viewpoint of networks: A case study of Chanzhou city in Southeast China. Ecological Complexity. 2011, 8: 51-59.

39. Wang Rusong, Li Feng, Hu Dan, Li B. Larry. Understanding Eco-complexity: Social-Economic-Natural Complex Ecosystem Approach. Ecological Complexity. 2011, 8: 15-29.

40. Jin Jiashen, Wang Rusong, Li Feng, Huang Jinlou,Zhou Chuanbin, Zhang Haitao, Yang Wenrui. Conjugate ecological restoration approach with a case study in Mentougou district, Beijing. Ecological Complexity. 2011, 8 (2): 161-170, June 2011.

41. Wang Rusong, Zhou Tao, Hu Dan, Li Feng, Liu Jingru. Cultivating eco-sustainability: Social–economic–natural complex ecosystem case studies in China. Ecological Complexity. 2011, 8 (4): 273-283.

42. Wang Rusong, Li Feng, Juergen Paulussen. Conjugate ecopolis planning:Balancing eco-service and human wellbeing in Beijing. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2010, 1195: E131-E144.

43. Li Feng, Hu Dan, Wang Rusong, Li Dong, Zhao Dan. Measurement Indicators and an Evaluation Approach for Assessing Sustainable Urban Development. Landscape and Urban Planning. 2009, 90(3-4): 134-142.

44. Yang Wenrui, Wang Rusong, Zhou Chuanbin, Li Feng. Distribution and health risk assessment of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in industrial site soils: A case study of urban renewal in Beijing, China. Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2009, 21: 366-372.

45. Li Feng, Hu Dan, Wang Rusong, Yang Wenrui. Comprehensive urban planning and management at multiple scales based on ecological principles: a case study in Beijing, China. The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. 2008, 15: 524-533.

46. Hu Dan, Li Feng*, Wang Bennan, Lei Kampeng, Cao Aixin, Wang Zhen, Lin Yinhua. An effect analysis of the changes in the composition of water ecological footprint in Jiangyin city, East China. The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. 2008, 15(6):211-221.

47. Hu Dan, Huang Shuli, Feng Qiang, Li Feng, ZhaoJuanjuan, ZhaoYanhua, Wang Bennan. Relationships between rapid urban development and the appropriation of ecosystems in Jiangyin City, Eastern China. Landscape and Urban Planning, 2008, 87: 180-191.

48. Li Feng, Wang Rusong, Juergen Paulussen. Comprehensive concept planning of urban greening based on ecological principles: a case study in Beijing, China. Landscape and Urban Planning, 2005, 72:325-336.

49. Li Feng, Wang Rusong. Urban forest in China: Development patterns, influencing factors and research prospects. The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 2005, 12:197-204.

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