Liou Xie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Center for Earth and Environmental Science, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Co-Director, School of the Environment, Middlebury College

Office: (518) 564-4101

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Education Background

  • PhD in Urban Sustainability, Arizona State University, U.S.A. 2012.

  • M.Phil in Urban and Economic Geography, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • B.Sc. in Resources and Environment Planning and Management (Geography),
    Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban and Economic Geography

  • Public Transportation & Human Travel Behavior

  • Urban Planning and (Re)development Strategies

  • Asian and American cities

Research and Work Experiences

  • Sept. 2018 – Present: Associate Professor, Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES), SUNY Plattsburgh

  • Aug. 2017 – Present: Co-Director, School of the Environment (summer study abroad program), Middlebury College

  • Aug. 2012 – Aug. 2018: Assistant Professor, CEES, SUNY Plattsburgh

  • June 2011 – Dec. 2011: Part-time Research Assistant, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China

  • June 2004 – 2014: Part-time Project-Based External Consultant, Shui On Land (Hong Kong), Shanghai office, China

  • June 2011 – Dec. 2011: Part-time Research Assistant, IGSNRR, CAS, Beijing, China

  • June 2004 – Aug. 2005: Full-time Research Assistant, IGSNRR, CAS, Beijing, China

  • June 2003 – June 2004: Full-time Assistant Urban Planner, Beijing CUA Urban Planning Design & Research Co., Ltd., United Architects & Engineers Group, Beijing, China

  • Sept. 2001 – July 2002: Part-time Student Research Assistant, Research Center for Remote Sensing and GIS, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China


  • EVS101 Intro to Environmenal Studies

  • GEG121 Human Geography (Gen Ed)

  • GEG224 World Regional Geography (Gen Ed)

  • GEG301 Global Planning Principles (Gen Ed)

  • GEG304 Economic Geography

  • GEG307 Urban Geography and Planning

  • GEG360 Global Field Study (Study Abroad; Gen Ed): Urban vs. Rural China

  • GEG380 Sustainable Transportation

  • GEG485 Sustainable Communities

  • HON167 Urban China: A Reflective Exploration (Honor's seminar; Gen Ed)

Research Projects

  1. TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA: Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China
    (my participation period: 2019-2020)
    Involved in
    the section of “Planning and development instruments for inclusive planning in selected pilot Chinese cities (Urban Living Labs)”; participation in fieldwork and data analysis; graduate students training; chapter writing.

  2. Strategic Research Report on Spatial Optimization of New Urbanization and Development of Specialty Towns in Shandong Province, China (completed in December 2019)
    Fieldwork, data analysis, graduate students training, final report writing.

  3. Comprehensive Plan Update for Town of Schuyler Falls, NY (June 2017 - May 2019)
    Co-PI: Dr. Curt Gervich, Dr. Daniel Milz, Ms. Melissa Levy
    Comprehensive Plans to be drafted for important components. Community engagement and SEQR analysis are included; Research Reports with detailed findings alongside the plan crafting process; Recommendations and Revisions to local ordinances, regulations and codes.

  4. The Institutional and Urban Redesign of Gwadar City, Pakistan. Initial pilot study sponsored by International Growth Centre (IGC). January – July 2018.
    Co-PI: Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar, Komal Shakeel, Dr. Liou Xie

  5. Transit-Oriented Urban Development Strategy for Shanghai (September 2014 to February 2015)
    Co-PIs: Dr. Douglas Webster, Dr. Jianming Cai, Dr. Larissa Muller

  6. Reconnecting and Revitalizing the Plattsburgh Amtrak Train Station Area, a contributing component to the ongoing efforts of Plattsburgh Downtown Revitalization Initiatives, with the following activities:
    Detailed survey of current land uses within 800 meters walking distance from the train station (including downtown); Development and Assessment of Redevelopment Potential Index (RPI) for each land parcel for the above study area.

  7. The Economic Opportunities and Employment Challenges in the North Country, with support from the North Country Workforce Development Board
    with student researchers: Alex Mercado, Lyndsie Danks
    Explores the current employment situation of the manufacturing industries in the North Country Region of upstate New York; Key informant interviews for data collection and statistical analysis; Review of other employment model internationally; Challenges for both the employers and employees are identified, and potential solutions are proposed for overcoming these hurdles and improve the efficiency in employment processes for the North Country

  8. Urban Transformation in Beijing Metropolis: Implications for Land Use Efficiency. (2011)
    Co-PIs: Dr. Douglas Webster and Dr. Jianming Cai

Previous Project Participation

  • June 2004 – 2014, Consultant projects for city development strategies in about ten cities in China for Shui On Land (Hong Kong), including Shanghai Hongqiao, Shenyang-Anshan-Yingkou corridor, Tianjin, Foshan, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Xi’an, Kunming, Wuhan. PIs: Douglas Webster, Jianming Cai & Larissa Muller.

  • 2010 – 2011, Strategic Assessment of the City Development Strategy Program in the Philippines. For the League of Cities Philippines, the World Bank and Cities Alliance. PI: Douglas Webster.

  • Feb. 2010, Metropolitan Land Use and Sustainability in China: Some Vexing Questions. PIs: Douglas Webster & Jianming Cai.

  • June 2010 – June 2011, The Land Efficiency Gap in China’s Extended Urban Regions: The Case of Beijing-Tianjin-Binhai Metropolis. PIs: Douglas Webster & Jianming Cai.

  • January 2009 – June 2011, “From Seeds to Table”(RUAF Phase III), funded by DGIS the Netherlands (Directorate-General for International Cooperation) and IDRC of Canada (International Development Research Centre) through RUAF (Resources center of Urban Agriculture and Food security) at ETC Foundation. China Regional Coordinator: Jianming Cai.

  • June 2007-December 2008, “China Metropolitan Area Management”. Funded by the World Bank. PIs: Alain Bertaud, Douglas Webster & Jianming Cai.

  • January 2005 – December 2008, “City Farming for the Future” (RUAF phase II), funded by DGIS of the Netherlands and IDRC of Canada through RUAF at ETC Foundation. China Regional Coordinator: Jianming Cai.

  • May 2004 – May 2005, Administrative Regionalization Adjustment Planning of Cities and Towns in Fujian Province. Funded by Fujian Provincial Government. PI: Jianming Cai.

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