Primary Research: Land use, development, human-environment systems, and complex adaptive systems
Office: 374 Research Hall, MS 6B2 Phone: 703-993-1405
Primary Website: http://mason.gmu.edu/~qtian2//index.html
Current Research Interests
Much of Dr. Tian’s research in land use and development is oriented around three principal questions:
- What is the current state of a system (which suggests where the problems are and how we may improve the system)?
- How do individual actions and interactions embedded within local and broader social and environmental settings shape the state of the system?
- How may the system evolve further in the future, and how can policies facilitate moving the system toward more desirable states?
- CSS 605: Object-Oriented Modeling of Social Science
- CSS 643: Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications
- CSS 665: Complex Adaptive Systems and Policy
- CSS 692: Social Network Analysis
- Ph. D., 2011, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (Advisor: Daniel Brown)
- Sc., 2002, George Mason University, Computer Science
- Sc., 1993, Chinese Academy of Sciences, GIS and Remote Sensing
- Sc., 1990, Beijing University, Computer Science
- 2012 – present, Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University
- 2012 – 2013, Research Associate, Center for Social Complexity, Mason-Smithsonian Joint Project on Climate and Society
- 2001 – 2005, Software Engineer, Veritas Software, Reston, VA
- 1997, Research Fellow, International Center for Science and High Technology (ICS), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Trieste, Italy
- 1993 – 1999, Assistant Research Professor, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Dr. Tian’s full curriculum vitae can be viewed here.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Tian, Q., Brown, D.G., Bao, S, Qi, S. (2015). Assessing and mapping human well-being for sustainable development amid flood hazards: Poyang Lake Region of China. Applied Geography, 63, 66-76. Download here.
- Tian, Q., Brown, D.G., Zheng, L., Qi, S., Liu, Y., Jiang, L. (in press).The role of cross-scale social and environmental contexts in household-level land-use decisions, Poyang Lake Region. Annals of Association of American Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2015.
- Tian, Q., Holland, J. H., Brown, D.G. (in review). Social and economic impacts of subsidy policies on rural development in the Poyang Lake Region, China: insights from an agent-based model. Agricultural Systems.
- Qi, S., Brown, D.G., Tian, Q., Jiang, L., Zhao, T., Bergen, K. 2009. Inundation extent and flood frequency mapping for the Poyang Lake, China, floodplain using Landsat TM and DEM. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 46(1), 101-127.
- Jiang, L., Bergen, K.M., Brown, D.G., Zhao, T., Tian, Q., Qi, S. 2009. Land-cover change and vulnerability to flooding near Poyang Lake, Jiangxi Province, China.Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 74(6), 775-786.
- Tian, Q., Feoli, E. 1999. A new algorithm for improving remote sensing image classification with other spatial data based on GOODALL’s affinity index. Journal of Remote Sensing, China, 3(3), 187-192, 246.
- Yan, S. Y., Xiao, C. S., Tian, Q., Zhou, Y., Wang, S. X. 1997. Chinese agricultural statistical geographic information system and its applications. Journal of Remote Sensing, China, 1(2), 152-156.
- Yan, S. Y., Tian, Q., Wang, S. X. 1996. Preliminary study on development of general software tool for spatial decision support system. Remote Sensing on Environment, China, 11(1), 68-78.
Contributions to Books
- Institute of Remote Sensing Applications/Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997. Agricultural Atlas of China (English Version), Star Map Press: Beijing. “joint co-author”
- Institute of Remote Sensing Applications/Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997. Agricultural Atlas of China (Chinese Version), Star Map Press: Beijing. “joint co-author”
- Tian, Q. 1992. Attribute data management in GIS, in Yan, S. (ed.) Theory and Technology of GIS (in Chinese).
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