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Dr Qing Pei has joined the Department of Social Sciences, Education University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Before joining the department, he used to work as the fellow in the University of Cambridge, UK; the Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland; and the Post-doctoral Fellow in the University of Hong Kong. His research are running between both physical and human geography, which mainly encompass climate change and human society, contemporary environmental problems and policies, and issues of sustainable development.


  • Ph.D. in Geography, The University of Hong Kong, 2011-2013
  • M.Phil. in Geography, The University of Hong Kong, 2008-2010
  • B.A. in Environmental Economics and Management, Renmin University of China, 2003-2007
  • B.A. in Law (Double Degree), Renmin University of China, 2003-2007

Research interests

Research Areas

  • Historical Geography
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Human Ecology

Research Interests

  • Social responses to climate change of global past
  • Methodology in environmental humanities
  • Environmental problems and sustainable policy

External Appointments

Membership of Professional Society

  1. Fellow, Global Labor Organization, November, 2019-present
  2. Member, Environmental Humanities AG, Swiss National Academic of Art and Science, May, 2015-December, 2022
  3. Member, Environmental Humanities Switzerland, May, 2015-December, 2022
  4. Member, Climate History Network, May, 2015-present
  5. Member, Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, July, 2014-present
  6. Swire Scholar of Hong Kong, 1st, January, 2012-31st, December, 2013
  7. Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG) of United States of America, 1st, October, 2011-present
  8. Registered Observer of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-19th, December, 2009

Professional Services

  1. Academic Assessor, Centennial College, Hong Kong. September, 2018-May, 2021
  2. Guest Professor and supervisor, School of Geographical Sciences, Guangzhou University, 2018-2022

Professional Society Activities

  1. Special issue editor, Climate of the Past, Issue name “Climate records in Europe and China: What can we learn from historical records on climate reconstruction and impacts?”
  2. Special issue editor, Past Global Changes Magazine, Issue name "CRIAS – Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies: State of the Art and New Perspectives of Historical Climatology"

Honorary and Visiting

  1. Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany, May-August, 2018
  2. Paleoclimate-Palynology Workshop for Pre-Modernists. Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, September, 2016
  3. Swiss National Foundation Fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich. May-August, 2015
  4. Swiss National Foundation Fellow, Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology. May-August, 2015
  5. Fellow, Doris Zimmern HKU-Cambridge Hughes Hall Fellowships, University of Cambridge. January-February, 2015

Invited Lectures

  1. Qing Pei. Document-based precipitation reconstruction and its impact in Chinese history. The 1st Japan-China Joint Workshop on Historical Climatology in East Asia. Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 21st Dec, 2019
  2. Qing Pei. The digitization of historical documents and climate reconstruction. 7th China Forestry Science Conference-Division of Forestry History. Nanjing, China, 8th-11th Nov, 2019 (in Chinese). “歷史文獻的數據化和氣候指標重建”,第七屆林業學術大會林業史分會,中國南京,2019年11月08-11日.
  3. Qing Pei. Cultural implications from the Climate Records of Imperial China. Joint ACRE China, Southeast Asia, and Japan workshop. China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China, 4th-6th Nov, 2019
  4. Qing Pei. Mandate of Heaven – Climate change, migration and geopolitical cycles in imperial China. International Conference Climate Change and Human Responses. Hong Kong, 31st Oct-2nd Nov, 2018
  5. Qing Pei. Climate Change and Economic Development across Eurasia. Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany, 5th July, 2018
  6. Qing Pei.Mandate of Heaven: Climate change, migration and geopolitical cycles in imperial China. A Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI) Colloquium in Princeton University, Princeton, US, 24-27 May, 2018
  7. Qing Pei. Climate Push and Pull: a hidden driver of geopolitical cycle in China. Institute for Advanced Studies workshop "Climate, Archaeology and History in the Eurasian Middle Ages". Princeton, US, 28-30 April, 2018
  8. Qing Pei. Divergence and Convergence across Eurasia: A Comparative Analysis on Long-term Economic Development under Climate Change. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 17th March, 2017.
  9. Qing Pei. Great Divergence: Comparative analysis on economic development in Europe and China under climatic impacts. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 1st June, 2016 (in Chinese). “大分流:氣候變化視野下中國和歐洲經濟發展比較研究”,北京師範大學,中國北京,2016年06月01日.
  10. Qing Pei. Convergence and Divergence across Eurasia: A comparative approach to climate change and agrarian economy by the Environmental Humanities. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 18th June, 2015
  11. Qing Pei. Climate change, economy, and epidemics-an empirical study from long-term Chinese history. University College London, London, UK, 3rd June, 2015
  12. Qing Pei. Nomadic destiny and mandate of heaven: a new perspective on the nomadic migration from environmental humanities. Joint Econometrics and Statistics Seminar Series and the Big Data Initiative Seminar Series, 2014-2015. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 6th February, 2015

Media Interviews

  1. Qing Pei. Climate Change and Economic Development across Eurasia. Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany, 5th July, 2018,
  2. 無定向學堂﹕氣候冷暖變遷關歷史事?明报週刊,2018年4月22日,
  3. 气候变化和历史社会经济波动,经济观察报,2017年12月4日,第848期
  4. Video abstract on 'Temperature and precipitation effects on agrarian economy in late imperial China' by Environmental Research Letters.
  5. Environmental Protection and Economy. Omni Talk, in Phoenix Satellite Television (Chinese Channel), April 22 2015 (In Chinese). “環保與經濟”,全媒體大開講,鳳凰衛視中文台,2015年04月22日.
  6. “Fossil of the Day” Award, do you want it? Hong Kong Daily News. 14th, December, 2009. (In Chinese). “氣候化石獎” 你想得到嗎? 香港新報. 2009年12月14日
  7. A view on carbon market of a young student from Mainland China. Ming Pao Weekly. Volume 2146 in Section of “From Editor”. 2009 (In Chinese). 一個內地青年怎樣看碳市場(明週MPW 2146期)

Other Scholarly Experiences

  1. Member of Executive Committee, 2016 International Conference on Geographies of Health and Living in Cities: Making Cities Healthy for All.
  2. Invited Reviewer: Climate of the Past (SCI), Quaternary Science Reviews (SCI), Sustainability (SCI), Population and Environment (SSCI), Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal (SSCI), International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (SSCI), Journal of Historical Geography (SSCI), Applied Energy (SCI), Journal of Environmental Science and Management (SCI), Quaternary International (SCI), The Holocene (SCI), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (EI), and etc.

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