Bing Xue first came to the IASS in January 2013 as a Humboldt Fellow financed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. After that fellowship, he stayed on at the institute as a research fellow and later joined the team of the Kopernikus ENavi project as a research associate in January 2017. In his research, he investigates the sustainable transformation process with a focus on the regional human-natural system (industrial ecosystem and energy system). Following his bachelor degree in geographic science, Dr Xue completed a PhD in human geography at Lanzhou University, China. Before joining the IASS he worked in the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an associate professor in industrial ecology and sustainability.