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Xiong Hang Dr. Prof. 熊航教授
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Since 2019 Deputy Dean of MARI, Huazhong Agricultural University

Since 2019 Director of Center for Digital Agriculture, Huazhong Agricultural University

Since 2018 PI of Modeling Agricultural System research group at MARI, Huazhong Agricultural University

Since 2018 Professor of Economics at College of Economics & Management, Huazhong Agricultural University

2017-2018 Research fellow at Agricultural Economics and Policy Group, ETH Zurich

2017-2018 Visiting research associate at Department of Geography, King’s College London

2016 Research associate at Department of Geography, King’s College London

2015-2016 Postdoc researcher and research assistant at Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin

2006-2009 Bilingual teacher of economic courses and Dean’s Assistant at International College, Yangtze University


2011-2016 Computational Social Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

2009-2011 Management Science, Yangtze University, China

2002-2006 B.Sc. in Economics, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Journal Articles

  1. Xiong, H., Dalhaus, T., Wang, P., and Huang, J., 2020. Blockchain Technology for Agriculture: Applications and Rationale. Frontiers in Blockchain, 3, 7.

  2. Xiong, H., Payne, D. and Kinsella, S., 2018. Identifying Mechanisms Underlying Peer Effects on Multiplex Networks, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 21(4):6.

  3. Robert Huber, Martha Bakker, Alfons Balmann, Thomas Berger, Mike Bithell, Calum Brown, Adr-ienne Grêt-Regamey, Hang Xiong, 2018. Representation of decision-making in European agricultural agent-based models, Agricultural Systems, 167,143-160.

  4. Xiong, H., Millington, J. and Xu, W, 2018. Trade in the telecoupling framework: Evidence from the metals industry, Ecology and Society. 23(1):11.

  5. Xiong, H., Wang P. and Bobashev G., 2018. Multiple Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Innovations on Social Networks: A Simulation Study, Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.7:5.

  6. Millington, J., Xiong, H., Peterson, S. and Woods, J., 2017. Integrating Modelling Approaches for Understanding Telecoupling: Global Food Trade and Local Land Use, Land, 6(3), 56.

  7. Cai, J. and Xiong, H., 2017. An agent-based simulation of cooperation in the use of irrigation systems. Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling, 5:9.

  8. Xiong, H. and Payne, D. 2017. Characteristics of Chinese Rural Network: Evidence from Villages in Central China. Chinese Journal of Sociology, 3(1)74-97.

  9. Xiong, H., Payne, D. and Kinsella, S., 2016. Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Innovations: Theory and Simulation. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 63: 1-13.

  10. Xiong, H., Kinsella, S. and Payne D., 2016. The Self-Enforcing Agreement in Cooperative Teams: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach. Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling, 4:21.

  11. Xiong, H., Xiong, P. andXiong, H., 2016. Kinship Network Generator: A Tool for Converting Kinship Ties into Adjacency Matrices, Journal of Open Research Software, 4(1).

  12. Xiong, H., Wang, P. and Zhu, Y., 2016. Diffusion on social networks: Survey Data from Rural Villages in Central China. Data in Brief, 7: 546–550.

(in Chinese)

  1. Li, L., Ahrweiler, P. and Xiong, H., 2017, Agent-based Computational Economics from the Neo-Schumpeterian Perspective, Economic Perspectives  经济学动态, 7: 137-147.

  2. Cai, J. and Xiong, H., 2016. An Agent-based simulation of Self-orgainsation in Irrigation Management. Journal of Agrotechnical Economics  农业技术经济, 7: 46-60.

  3. Wang P., Xiong, H., Qu, X. and Chen, C., 2015. Structural Evolution of Supply Chains and Food Safety: A Simulation using NetLogo. Journal of Agrotechnical Economics 农业技术经济, 8: 64-72.

  4. Li, J. and Xiong H., 2011. Study on Attributes of China’s Food Price Changes based on Data of Food Price from 1996 to 2010. Economic Management  经济管理, 33: 1-7.

  5. Xiong, H. and Li, D., 2011. Empirical Analysis on Factors Affecting the Export of Virtual Water Based on Cross-sectional Data from 39 Countries. Ecological Economy 生态经济, 6: 80-83.

  6. Li, D., Xiong, H. and Tang, R., 2010. Evaluation of the Prerequisite of Virtual Water Trade based on Agricultural Goods through Analytic Hierarchy Process. Journal of Agritechnical Economics 农业技术经济, 9: 80-89.

  7. Xiong, H., Lv, X. and Liu, X, 2007. A Study on Driving Forces of Cultivated Land Change in Xinzhou County of Wuhan City. Resource Development & Market 资源开发与市场, 23: 298-302.

  8. Xiong, H., 2007. An Analysis on the Comparative Advantage of Agricultural Products based on Virtual Water. Practice in Foreign Economic Relations and Trade 对外经贸实务, 2: 25-28.

  9. Xiong, H., Yi, F. and Li, Z., 2005. Analysis on the Efficiency of Circulation of Vegetable in Wuhan City. Rural Economy and Science & Technology 农村经济与科技, 8: 22-24.

Working Papers

  1. Dukalskis A., Elkink,J. A.and Xiong, H., Simulating Defection from Autocracy: The Case of North Korea

  2. Xiong, H. and Millington, J., Quantifying Telecouplings through Global Value Chain: An Application in the Biomass Trade

  3. Xiong, H. wNetwork: An R Package for the Measure of Topological Characteristics of Networks

Work in Progress

  1. Xiong, H., Huber, R. and Finger, R., A generic agent-based approach for injecting diverse human behavioural in agricultural systems

  2. Xiong, H. and Bobashev, G., Hypothesis testing with simulations

Other Publications

  1. Xiong, H., 2018, A Mixed-Methods Study with Network Data and Adoption Data: Effects of Social Networks on the Diffusion of Innovations, SAGE Research Methods Cases

  2. Li S. and Xiong H. 2014 (11). Key Factors Determining the Success of Running Agricultural Cooperatives. China Farmers’ Cooperatives 中国农村合作社, 11 (in Chinese)

  3. Li S. and Xiong H. 2015 (4). Key to the Realisation of Comprehensive Ecological Farming for Agricultural Cooperatives. China Farmers’ Cooperatives 中国农村合作社, 4(in Chinese)

Conference Presentations

08/2018 Social Simulation Conference 2018, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

09/2017 Social Simulation Conference 2017, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

09/2016 Social Simulation Conference 2016, Rome University, Rome, Italy

06/2015 8th Annual International Network of Analytical Sociologists Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

10/2014 10th Conference on Complex Network, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China

09/2014 6th Chinese Economic Association in Europe, Annual Conference, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

05/2013 International Forum on Studies of Rural Areas and Peasants I, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China

08/2012 9th Irish Society of New Economists Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Event Organisation

06/2018 Program committee member, International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environment Sensing, Cambridge, UK

01/2017 Organisation team member, International Exploratory Workshop on Agricultural Agent-based Modelling Approaches, Zurich, Switzerland

10/2014 Session organiser, 10th Conference on Complex Network, Changsha, China

Research Grants

Collaborator, Reconciling innovative farming practices and networks to enable sustainable development of smart Swiss farming systems (InnoFarm), Swiss National Science Foundation, 2018-2021

Collaborator, Agricultural policies in the era of digitalization (DigitAP), Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, 2018-2020

Co-investigator, Triggering Factors and Evolution Mechanism of Cooperative Behaviour on Irrigation, funded by Natural Sciences Foundation of China (No. 71303198), 2014-2017

Collaborator, Moderate Scale Operations in Agriculture from the Perspective of Balanced Factors of Production, funded by Social Sciences Foundation of China (No. 14CJY044), 2014-2017

Co-investigator, A Study on Governance Mechanism of Food Safety, funded by Natural Sciences Foundation of China (No. 71203170), 2013-2016


2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award, European Social Simulation Association

2014 Graduate Research and Innovations Award, University College Dublin

2011 UCD CSC Scholarship for doctoral study, China Scholarship Council

Professional Associations

American Agricultural and Applied Economic Association (AAEA)

European Social Simulation Association (ESSA)

Chinese Economic Association in Europe (CEA Europe)

Referee Services

Editor of the special issue on “Blockchain in Food and Agriculture” of Frontiers in Blockchain,

Member of editorial board of RofASSS (Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation)

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Land Use Policy, Applied Geography, Journal of Behavior and Experimental Economics, Climate Change, Journal of Land Use Science, European Journal of Agronomy, Agricultural Water Management, Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, International Journal of Marketing Studies, Social Simulation Conference 2017

Research Themes

Smart Agriculture

Social-ecological Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture

Land Use and Land Cover Changes