Jianhua Xu, now is a Professor of Geography and the Director of The Research Centre for East-West Cooperation in China, East China Normal University.
His research interest includes Geographical Modelling and Geocomputation, especially in the field of Physical Geography and Ecological Economics. He has hosted more than 30 research projects which from National Natural Science Fund of China, National Social Science Fund of China, as well as from the support of provinces and ministries of China.
He has published 15 books, such as Geographical Systems Analysis, Agricultural Ecologic Economic Systems Analysis, Human ecological system, The Regional Development Theories and Research Methods, The Strategic Option for Dispelling Poverty, Mathematical Methods in Contemporary Geography (1st, 2nd & 3rd editions), Geographical Modelling Methods, Geographical Modelling Tutorial, Quantitative Geography (1st & 2nd editions), and Advantages of Later Comer and Innovative Countermeasures for Western China.
Furthermore, he has published more than 200 papers in academic journals such as Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Climate Dynamics, International Journal of climatology, Hydrological Processes, Water Resources Management, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Advances in Meteorology, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Pollution Research, Ecohydrology, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Environmental Earth Sciences, Earth Science Informatics, Environmental Management, Tourism Geographies, Landscape and Urban Planning, Geographic information sciences, Chinese Science Bulletin, Chinese Geographical Science, Regional Development Studies, International Journal of Sediment Research, Journal of Geographical Sciences, International Journal of Water, Frontiers of Earth Science , The Scientific World Journal, Acta Ecologica Sinica, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Acta Geographica Sinica, Geographical Research, Scientia Geographica Sinica, Journal of Desert Research, Arid Land Geography, and Journal of Natural Disasters.
Additionally, he has worked as the editorial board member for academic journals, such as Journal of Desert Research, Areal Research and Development, Human Geography, Ecologic Science, Arid Land Geography, Chinese Geographical Science, Journal of Geographic Information System, Journal of Signal and Information Processing, PeerJ, and Signal Processing Research, etc.
Research direction of PhD supervised by professor Jianhua Xu is mainly as follows: (1) Geo-computation; (2) ecological economy modeling.