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Dr Feng Mao

Associate Professor of Global Sustainable Development

Director of Research for the School for Cross-faculty Studies

  R2.14, Ramphal Building, School for Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Dr Feng Mao is Associate Professor of Global Sustainable Development. His key research interests lie in the intersection of water, ecosystems, society, and technologies, focusing on three main themes: (i) water security and resilience, (ii) hydro-ecosystems under change, and (iii) data technologies and sustainability strategies, such as serious games, citizen science, low-cost sensor networks, visualisation, and data governance.

Research interests

  • Water security; river and mangrove ecosystems; water resources and disasters
  • Resilience and sustainability
  • Data technologies; low-cost sensor networks; visualisation
  • Environmental governance; serious games; citizen science; participatory approaches


  • PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil in Politics, University of Cambridge
  • MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds
  • BSc in Biological Sciences, Zhejiang University

Career overview

  • Associate Professor of Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick (2022 - present)
  • Lecturer in Physical Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Cardiff University (2020-2022)
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (2020)
  • Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University (2019)
  • Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (2015-2020)