Congrats! ECNU’s Prof. Li Xia elected as FAcSS


The Academy of Social Sciences announced the list of scholars to become its next 37 Fellows. New Fellows are recognised for the excellence and impact of their work and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

Prof. Li Xia from the School of Geographic Sciences of East China Normal University (ECNU) became the only Chinese scholar this year elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Congratulations to Prof. Li!

An academician of International Eurasian Academy of Science, Li Xia is the winner of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and the chief scientist of National Basic Research Program of China. Li is currently a professor at the School of Geographic Sciences of ECNU. He is also one of the Deputy Directors of the Theory and Method Working Committee of China Association for Geographic Information System and the Commission on Modelling and Geographic Information Analysis of the Geographical Society of China.

Prof. Li’s research covers cellular automata and multi agent system, geographic simulation systems, global land-use change modelling and the analysis of land-use change impact on the environment. Until now, he has published 8 books and over 300 papers, many of which are listed in renowned international journals, including 3 papers published inNature CommunicationandNature Sustainability.

Many of Prof. Li’s representative works ranked top 1% of the most cited SCI articles in the field of geography, resulting in his continuous entries into Elsevier’s most cited Chinese scholars and the entry into Clarivate Analytics’ Global Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list. Prof. Li was awarded the prize of Earth Science by the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and his models have been used by the most famous GIS software in the world (ArcGIS), and have been directly integrated into the largest GIS hypermap software in Asia. His work has also supported the development of domestic GIS software.

About the Academy of Social Science

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its charitable purpose is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for public benefit. The Academy is composed of approximately 1400 individual Fellows, 46 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations is a community of some 90,000 social scientists. 

Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists from academia and the public and private sectors. The Campaign for Social Science is an integral part of the Academy.

Source: ECNU School of Geographic Sciences

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Editor: Yu Wenxi


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