Zhe LIu

Killam Postdoc Fellow

Email: zhe.liu@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2966
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University
6100 University Ave, Suite 5010,
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Circular Economy
  • Eco-industrial Development
  • Urbanization and Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Policy Engagement


  • PhD, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Research interests

Dr. Liu’s work focuses on the field referring to eco-industrial development, urbanization and sustainability and climate change.  Specifically, his researches are dedicated to respond increase greenhouse gas emission, decreased sustainability among the industrial systems associated with economic system, ecological system and resource and environmental system by implementing eco-industrial strategies. Based on the researches, identifying opportunities and barriers during the process are conducted so that appropriate policy implications can be proposed in order to implement such eco-industrial strategies into the reality. So far, he has published around 40 international scientific papers as well as conference presentations in his field.

Selected publications

  • Liu, Z., Adams, M*., Cote, RP., Geng, Y*., Chen, QH., Liu, WL., Sun L., 2017. Co-benefits accounting for the implementation of eco-industrial development strategies in the scale of industrial park based on emergy analysis. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.226
  • Liu, Z*., Adams, M., Cote, RP., Chen, QH., Liu, WL., Sun, L., Yu, XM., 2017. Comprehensive development of industrial symbiosis for the response of greenhouse gases emission mitigation: challenges and opportunities in China. Energy Policy. 102: 88-95
  • Liu, Z*., Geng, Y., Adams, M., Dong, L., Sun, LN., Zhao, JJ., Dong, HJ., Wu, J., Tian, X., 2016. Uncovering driving forces on greenhouse gas emissions in China’ aluminum industry from the perspective of life cycle analysis. Applied Energy. 166: 253-263
  • Liu, Z*., Adams, M., Wen, ZG., Massard, G., Dong, HJ., 2017. Eco-industrial development around the globe: recent progress and continuing challenges. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 127:A1-A2
  • Liu, Z., Geng, Y*., Sergio, U., Park, HS., Fujita, T., Wang, H., 2016. Uncovering key factors influencing one industrial park’s sustainability: a combined evaluation method of emergy analysis and index decomposition analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production. 114: 141-149
  • Liu, Z., Geng, Y*., Park, HS., Dong, HJ., Dong, L., Fujita, T., 2016. An emergy-based hybrid method for assessing industrial symbiosis of an industrial park. Journal of Cleaner Production. 114: 132-140
  • Liu, Z*., Adams, M., Cote, RP., Geng, Y., Li, YZ., 2016. Comparative study on the pathways of industrial parks towards sustainable development between China and Canada. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.06.012
  • Liu, Z*., Geng, Y*., Wang, H., Sun, L., Ma, ZX., Tian, X., Yu, XM., 2015. Emergy-based comparative analysis of energy intensity in different industrial systems. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 22:18687–18698
  • Liu, Z., Geng, Y*., Wang, FF., Liu, ZX., Ma, ZX., Yu, XM., Tian, X., Sun, L., He, QX., Zhang, LM., 2015. Emergy-ecological footprint hybrid method analysis on the industrial parks from the geographical and regional perspective. Environmental Engineering Science. 32(3), 193-202
  • Liu, Z*., Geng, Y*., Zhang, P., Dong, HJ., Liu, ZX. 2014. Emergy-based comparative analysis of industrial clusters: Economic and Technological Development of Shenyang Area, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 21(17), 10243-10253

Selected awards and honours

  • 2011 Scholarship Honored by United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School
  • 2011 Second class award, Liaoning provincial science and technology progress award, Liaoning provincial government (2011J-2-84-09)
  • 2013 Second class award, Liaoning provincial science and technology progress award, Liaoning provincial government (2013J-2-38-08)
  • 2015 Canada-China Scholar Exchange Award
  • 2016 Prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Award


  • ENVI5049: Eco-industrial strategies: implementation and benefits (Fall Term 2017)

Service & Activity

  • Lead guest editor of the journal “Resource, Conversation and Recycling” for the special issue of “Eco-industrial development around the globe: recent progress and continuing challenges” .
  • Reviewer for International Journals like Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Chemosphere, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment etc.
  • Member for the International Committee of Industrial Ecology
  • Member for the International Energy Committee