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Felix Liao

Felix Liao

Associate Professor


McClure Hall 405B



Mailing Address

Department of Geography
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021
Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Research: Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, GIS, Spatial Analysis and Modeling

  • Ph.D. The University of Utah, Geography, 2014
  • M.Phil. The University of Hong Kong, Geography, 2008
  • B.S. Sun Yat-sen University (China), Economic Geography & Planning, 2002

Dr. Haifeng (Felix) Liao is a broadly trained human geographer and a spatial social scientist whose research interests include regional development, globalization, urban sustainability, environmental planning, GIS, spatial analysis and modeling, and China.


  • 2018-2021.United States Department of Agriculture. Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Fundamental Program. PI. Scaling up local fruit and vegetable production in the Inland Northwest: Overcoming constraints for sustainable agricultural development. 
  • 2016-2020. NSF. Innovations in Food-Water-Energy Nexus (INFEWS). Social-ecological-technological solutions to waste reuse in food, energy, and water systems (ReFEWS). Senior Personnel. 


  • 2014-2019. Serving local and regional markets in the Intermountain west: Identifying and overcoming constraints in a vast geography. $500,000. Co-I.
  • 2015-2017. Idaho NSF-EPSCoR MILES, iSEED type I. Towards ONE Idaho: An investigation of social-ecological system boundaries and domains across MILES sites. Co-PI/Institutional PI. 
  • 2016-2017. United States Department of Transportation. Hazardous materials commodity flow in northern Idaho. PI. (Subcontract with Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho) 
  • 2015-2016. Idaho NSF-EPSCoR MILES, iSEED type II. A bibliometric analysis of the research on urban ecosystem services: frameworks, approaches, and geographical settings. PI.

  • Regional Economic Analysis
  • GIS Spatial Analysis
  • Land Use
  • Urban Planning

  • Chinese Government Scholarship for Outstanding Self-financed Students Studying Abroad. 2014
  • Travel Award, China Geography Specialty Group (CGSG), AAG. 2013
  • Outstanding Student Research Award, Department of Geography, University of Utah. 2013
  • Ashok K. Dutt Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (RDPSG), AAG. 2012
  • Travel Award, US Foreign Policy Colloquium, National Committee for US-China Relations. 2012
  • Third Place Prize, College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) Graduate Student Research Day Paper Competition, University of Utah. 2011


Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences

Physical Address:
McClure 201

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3021
Moscow ID, 83843-3021

Geography: 208-885-6216
Geology: 208-885-6192