Both my research and teaching aim to better elucidate and leverage the anthropogenic effects on natural environments in the context of infrastructure transformation, globalization, and climate change. As systems modeler, I am particularly interested in:
- The design and assessment of the next-generation, sustainable water infrastructure systems
- Linking regional and global environmental impacts (esp. footprints) with local actions of individual consumers
- Understanding human drivers of the changing water and other environments
The research is built upon my cross-disciplinary academic training in water and environmental science, engineering and management, and research experiences with systems modeling such as life cycle assessment (LCA), multi-regional input-output analysis (MRIOA), system dynamics modeling, and econometric analysis.
- 2011/2016 PhD, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA.
Thesis: Modeling the paths towards sustainable water systems
- 2008/2010 Master of Environmental Science, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA.
Thesis: Monitoring and assessing the contaminant removal effectiveness of constructed wetlands along Lake Whitney, Connecticut.
- 2004/2008 Bachelor of Science (Geography), School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, China
- Font Vivanco, D.; Wang, R. and E. Hertwich (2017). “Nexus strength: a novel metric for assessing the global resource nexus.” Journal of Industrial Ecology (in press).
- Wang, R.; J. B. Zimmerman; C. Wang; D. Font Vivanco and E. Hertwich (2017). "Freshwater Vulnerability beyond Local Water Stress: Heterogeneous Effects of Water-Electricity Nexus Across the Continental United States." Environmental Science & Technology 51(17): 9899-9910.
- Wang, C.; R. Wang; E. Hertwich and Y. Liu (2017). "A technology-based analysis of the water-energy-emission nexus of China's steel industry." Resources Conservation and Recycling 124: 116-128.
- Wang, R.; E. Hertwich and J. B. Zimmerman (2016). "(Virtual) Water Flows Uphill toward Money." Environmental Science & Technology 50(22): 12320-12330 (ACS Editors’ Choice award; the “most read” article of Environmental Science & Technology (within a 30-day period)).
- Wang, R.; Zimmerman, J., Hybrid Analysis of Blue Water Consumption and Water Scarcity Implications at the Global, National, and Basin Levels in an Increasingly Globalized World. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50 (10), 5143-53.
- Wang, R.; Zimmerman, J. B., Economic and Environmental Assessment of Office Building Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Various US Cities. Environmental Science & Technology 2015, 49 (3), 1768-1778.
- Mo, W.; Wang, R.; Zimmerman, J. B., Energy-Water Nexus Analysis of Enhanced Water Supply Scenarios: A Regional Comparison of Tampa Bay, Florida, and San Diego, California. Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48 (10), 5883-5891.
- Wang, R.; Eckelman, M. J.; Zimmerman, J. B., Consequential Environmental and Economic Life Cycle Assessment of Green and Gray Stormwater Infrastructures for Combined Sewer Systems. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 47 (19), 11189-11198.
Selected conference presentations/posters
- Wang, R., Systems-based solutions to emerging water problems. Center for Industrial Ecology Lunchtime Speakers Series, February 17, 2016, New Haven, CT.
- Wang, R., Hertwich, E. G., Zimmerman, J. B., (Virtual) Water Flows Uphill towards Money. Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology, June 19-24, 2016, Stowe, VT.
- Wang, R, Hertwich, E. G., Zimmerman, J. B., Virtual Water Trade: the Driver and Impacts. NSF-UCLA Workshop towards Food, Energy and Water Security, Dec.2-4, 2015, Los Angeles, CA.
- Wang, R., Zimmerman, J. B., Water Footprints: From Consumption Perspective to Consumer Empowerment. AEESP Research and Education Conference, June 13-16, 2015, New Haven, CT.
- Wang, R, Zimmerman, J. B., Exploring the Water-Energy Nexus in an Interconnected, Dynamic, and Uncertain World”. 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, July 21-25, 2013, Cambridge, MA.
- Wang, R, Zimmerman, J. B., Water Energy Nexus: Vicious Cycle, Tradeoff, or Coupled Solution? NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, July 9-12, 2012, Boston, MA.
Published book chapter
- S. An, Wang, R. (2009), “Chapter 12: Human-induced Drivers of the Development of Lake Taihu” in Lectures on China’s Environment, pp151-165. School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Press, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.