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Liang Emlyn Yang

Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang

Wissenschaftler/in (Drittmittel)
Flood resilience +++ climate resilience +++ Modelling socio-ecosystem resilience; Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (2023-2024)

Post address

Lehr- und Forschungseinheit Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen
Luisenstraße 37
80333 München

Home address

Luisenstraße 37
3. Stock
80333 München
Room A 324

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 4092


Further information on the person


Currently based at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (10.2023 - 09.2024)

Visiting Fellow, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences




Upcoming events

AGU 2023 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 11-15 December 2023.


Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang (杨亮, 字也明) is a geographer studying on human-environment relations with focus on long-term climate adaptation and resilience. Household survey, stakeholder network analysis, agent-based model and geo-information systems are often applied in the studies. Emlyn is currently working on urbanization, flood risks and resilience building in Southeast Asia and China. 

Dr. Yang is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant (2023-2028): STORIES - Spatial-Temporal Dynamics of Flood Resilience. (

Dr. Yang founded and manages the Google Group Climate Resilience (1510 members globally) and the WeChat Group Climate Resilience (689 members of Chinese-speaking). 

Education and professions

> Since 10/2023: Visiting Fellow at Harvard UniversityJohn A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Cambridge, MA, USA 

> Since 06.2019: Senior Researcher/Lecture, Department of Geography, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany

> 01.2016-05.2019: Postdoc Researcher/Lecturer, Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” (German Excellence Initiative), Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University, Germany.

> 01.2015-12.2016: Postdoc researcher, Resilient Cities Lab, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston, USA (offer refused)

> 08.2014-12.2015: Postdoc researcher, Institute of Geography and the Department of Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany

> 10.2010-07.2014: PhD at Institute of Geography, Excellence Cluster "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP), University of Hamburg, Germany (Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, Prof. Jürgen Oßenbrügge, Dr. Michael Waibel)

> 09.2007-07.2010: MSc at Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

> 09.2002-07.2006: BSc at School of Resources and Environment, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


Recent activities

19.09.2023: Two sessions at the DKG’23, Frankfurt am Main, 19-23 September 2023 


22.08.2023: Panel discussion on socio-economic resilience to historical floods at the 12th ESEH conference at the University of Bern, Switzerland, 22-26 August 2023     

International workshop on Flood Risk and Resilience at Community Level, at LMU Munich on 01-02 December 2022.   >>more

Special Issue: Future risk and adaptation in coastal cities. 01 Oct 2020 - 28 Feb 2022. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS).   >>more  


Special Issue: Social Resilience to Climate Changes Over the Past 5000 Years. 01 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2021. Environmental Research Letters>>more


Forces and tasks

04/2023 - 07/2023
Vorlesung und Übung: Trend Assessment, Scenario and Modelling, Joint course

10/2022 - 02/2023
Seminar: Applied Trend Assessment, Scenario and Modelling, independent course (sole lecturer)

04/2022 - 07/2022
Vorlesung und Übung: Trend Assessment, Scenario and Modelling, Joint course

10/2021 - 02/2022
Seminar: Applied Trend Assessment, Scenario and Modelling, independent course (sole lecturer)

04/2021 - 07/2021
Vorlesung und Übung: Trend Assessment, Scenario and Modelling. Joint course.

10/2020 - 02/2021
Seminar: Applied Simulation Modelling. Independent course (sole lecturer)

04/2020 - 07/2020
Vorlesung und Übung: Trend Assessment, Scenario and Modelling. Joint course

Research projects

STORIES: Spatial Temporal Dynamics of Flood Resilience (01.04.2023 - 31.03.2028) >> more

FReCom: Flood risk management and resilience building at community level in rapidly growing cities in China and Germany (01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024) >> more

FloodAdaptVN: Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam (01.08.2019 - 31.01.2021) >> more

LIRLAP: Linking Disaster Risk Governance and Land-use Planning: the case of informal settlements in hazard-prone areas in the Philippines (01.07.2019 - 31.12.2020) >> more

DECIDER: DECisions for Adaptive Pathway Design and the Integrative Development, Evaluation and Governance of Flood Risk Reduction Measures in Transforming Urban-Rural-Systems
(01.05.2019 - 30.04.2023) >> more