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Hong Yang

  • Postgraduate research (PhD) supervision
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
  • Research in air pollution, water pollution, carbon cycle and education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • Collaboration with Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China: Programme director of Reading-NUIST BSc GIS/Human and Physical Geography, Examination Officer of BSc Reading-NUIST Environmental Engineering

Areas of interest

  • Air Pollution
  • Water Pollution
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • GIS and RS applications in Environmental Science
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Environmental Science

Postgraduate supervision

Hong is always looking for enthusiastic and professionally curious PhD students with an academic background in environmental pollution, water resource, biogeochemistry, RS, GIS, AI, or modelling. If you are interested in areas mentioned above, please contact him.

  • Henry Akinola: Air pollution in Lagos, Nigeria

If you have a PhD and are interested in academic visit or postdoctoral fellowship, Hong is also happy to discuss and assist with the application.

Research centres and groups

Research projects

Hong is currently leading the following projects (PIs):

  • Carbon emissions and air quality simultaneous modelling using hybrid deep learning framework, Royal Society, 2022-2024
  • Developing Community-Level Policy and Practice to Improve Air Quality at Schools, Research England, 2021-2022
  • World Class Laboratory Funding, UKRI, 2021
  • Citizen Science to Improve Air Quality at Schools in Reading, University Community Fund, John Sykes Foundation, University of Reading, 2022-2023
  • Ventilation, indoor air quality and people health in care homes, Breathing City Fund, UKRI, 2021-2023
  • Educational Hardware Hackathon to Foster Students’ Professional Skills, Teaching & Learning Innovation Funding, University of Reading, 2022
  • Decolonising the Geography and Environment Science Curriculum through Immersive Field Teaching outside Europe, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects, University of Reading, 2021-2022
  • Embedding Employability through Project-based Learning in Environmental Science and Geography, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects, University of Reading, 2020-2021
  • Water-energy-food nexus in Upstream of Mekong River in China, Universities’ China Committee in London, 2018-2019




Hong has published more than 170 papers in Nature, Science, PNAS, Science Advances, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Science & Technology and Water Research, with total citations of more than 5000 and H-index of more than 40.

For more information on Hong’s research, please see Hong’s

For full text of papers please contact him