Wenjie Liao

Wenjie Liao

AgreenSkills session, year: 2nd session, 2012

Receiving laboratory: SAS Soil, Agro-hydrosystems and Spatial Modelling Rennes, France

Country of origin : France

E-Mail: Wenjie.Liao@rennes.inra.fr, wenjieliao@gmail.com



Mobility project

Integrating pollutant emission dynamics in life cycle assessment for improved environmental assessment (INDICATE): A case study on nitrogen emissions from farming in Brittany peninsula, France

This mobility project aims to tackle some challenges faced by the practical use of life cycle assessment (LCA) for farming systems by exploring the potential of the use of biophysical dynamic simulation models to integrate the pollutant emission dynamics in LCA for improved environmental assessment. The project will couple an INRA in-house nitrogen model with the LCA model as implemented in the INRA Multicriteria Assessment of Sustainability (MEANS) platform for agri-food systems. Several catchments in the Brittany peninsula of France that have intensive mixed cropping and livestock farming systems will be used as a case study.

Biography & research interests

Wenjie Liao holds a PhD in environmental science from Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands) and an MSc in environmental engineering from Sichuan University (Chengdu, China). In 2004 he graduated with a baccalaureate in environmental engineering from a research-based exchange programme between Sichuan University and the University of Washington (Seattle, USA). Prior to joining the AgreenSkills programme, he worked as a part-time teaching assistant with the WuYuzhang Honours College of Sichuan University and then as a guest researcher with the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University for a few years. One key objective of Dr Liao’s research is to contribute to the characterisation and understanding of human-environment systems in the context of sustainable development.

Selected publications

Liao, W. A thermodynamic perspective on technologies in the Anthropocene: Analyzing environmental sustainability PhD thesis, Leiden University, (2012).

Liao, W., Heijungs, R. & Huppes, G. Thermodynamic resource indicators in LCA: a case study on the titania produced in Panzhihua city, southwest China. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 17, 951-961, doi:10.1007/s11367-012-0429-4 (2012).

Liao, W., Heijungs, R. & Huppes, G. Thermodynamic analysis of human–environment systems: A review focused on industrial ecology. Ecological Modelling 228, 76-88, doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.01.004 (2012).

Liao, W., Heijungs, R. & Huppes, G. Natural resource demand of global biofuels in the Anthropocene: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16, 996-1003, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2011.09.022 (2012).

Liao, W., Heijungs, R. & Huppes, G. Is bioethanol a sustainable energy source? An energy-, exergy-, and emergy-based thermodynamic system analysis. Renewable Energy 36, 3479-3487, doi:10.1016/j.renene.2011.05.030 (2011).

Awards & patents

AgreenSkills Postdoctoral Fellowship, INRA and European Commission Marie Curie Actions, 2013-2015

ISIE Conference Scholarship, International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), 2009, 2011

Chair’s Fund, Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology, 2008

Ph.D. Scholarship for Overseas Research, Ministry of Education of China, 2007-2011

SCU Scholarship for Excellent Graduate Students, Sichuan University (SCU), 2005, 2006

SCU Scholarship for Excellent Undergraduate Students, Sichuan University, 2001, 2002


E-Mail: Wenjie.Liao@rennes.inra.fr, wenjieliao@gmail.com

Website(s): http://www.liaowenjie.com

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