Dr. Kai Fang got his B.S. from Zhejiang University in 2009 and M.S. from Jilin University in 2011, one year earlier than normal. After conducting a four-year Ph.D. project in the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, he obtained his doctoral degree in Environmental Science from Leiden University. He is currently working as a researcher with the "One-hundred Talents Program" in the School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, as well as a guest researcher in CML, Leiden University.

Over the past few years, he has published 3 books and over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Many of these have been included in Science Citation Index (SCI) and/or Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) with high impact factors, such as those for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (IF=8.412) and Environmental Science & Technology (IF=5.481). Some of his publications have gained worldwide attention. His paper on the establishment of a conceptual framework for the Footprint Family, for instance, has been cited by Science and other journals for over 100 times, as a remarkable advance in the field of research.

He has been the director of several research projects funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Scholarship Council, Zhejiang Province and Zhejiang University. He is also serving in various scientific communities and holding positons in a number of international and national research projects, such as the International Society for Industrial Ecology, International Society for Ecological Economics, Absolute Sustainability Assessments Network, National Key Patented Project, and Major State Basic Research Development Program.

He has been playing an active role in reviewing and editing journal articles. He is now a member of the editorial board of Journal of Cleaner Production and two other international journals, and reviewer of Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Sustainability, the IPCC Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports and many other peer-reviewed journals.

Kai has been financially supported by the Japan Foundation, Pao Scholarship, Zeng Xianzi International Exchange Fund to visit world-class universities such as the University of Tokyo, University of California, Davis, and University of Groningen. He has kept in contact with the world's leading environmental scientists. Kai has been invited to give presentations in many conferences and symposiums internationally or nationally, which allows his up-to-date research to be of interest to the scientific community in a broad context.

Research work

Research is focused on the theoretical and methodological aspects of environmental management and ecological economics with implications for sustainable development. Main interests include the development and integration of environmental footprinting methods, e.g., the ecological footprint, carbon footprint, water footprint, in combination with allocated planetary boundaries in support of integrated governance of social-ecological systems. The research presented touches upon fundamental issues of sustainability science with the intent of assisting policymakers in better understanding human–environment interactions and identifying ways to ensure human well-being within the limits of the natural world.