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Brief Biosketch

Dr. Jingzheng Ren is currently An Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also an Adjunct/Honorary Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and an Associated Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Security & Development Policy (Sweden) (declared outside activities for both). He received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Chongqing University in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He received a Ph.D degree in Industrial Engineering in 2015 from University of Padua,  He firstly worked as an Assistant Professor, then an Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark before moving to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His research focuses on Engineering Operations Research for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. He has published more than 200 publications including more than 150 journal papers, 1 authored book by Springer, more than 10 edited books (published by Elsevier, Springer, World Scientific Publishing, and AIP, etc.), and more than 40 book chapters. In 2020, according to Scopus international database he is placed as the top 10 authors in both “sustainability” and “sustainability assessment” (ranked 8th and 4th worldwide, respectively) all over the world based on the total number of journal articles (search on title, abstract and keywords), and he is also ranked in the top 2% scientists (top 0.74%) listed in The Stanford List in the field of Energy (Nov 2020). The total citations of his publications reached to more than 4300 times by the end of 2020, his citations in the past five years reached to more than 4000 times, and the annual citations in 2020 reached to more than 1700 times.

Ten of his papers have been selected as the ESI top 1% highly cited papers, two have been highlighted as the Key Scientific Article contributing to the excellence in Energy research by Renewable Energy Global Innovations, and two papers have been highlighted as a key scientific article contributing to excellence in science and engineering research by Advances in Engineering. He also won various best paper awards, including the Science and Technology Prize of the Education Department of Henan Province -Best Paper Award (The First Prize), the Outstanding Achievement Award of Theory and Practice for Productivity in Jiangsu Province (The First Prize), the Best Paper Award (the 2nd award, prizes for contributors to leading journal on sustainability), and the Most Cited Paper Award 2019 published in Resources, Conservation & Recycling.

He has directed/co-directed many grants funded by Research Grants Council of Hong Kong SAR, Danish Agency for Research and Innovation (Styrelsen for Forsjning og Innovation), and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, etc.

He also serves as the co-editor-in-chief, editor, associate editor, specialty chief editor, or section chief editors of many journals belonging to Elsevier, Springer, AIP or some other publishers. He is the member of the International Advisory Board of some international universities. He works as member of many international scientific society, and he served as the general chair, session chair, organizing committee member, academic member and technical committee member of many international conferences as well as referee of more than 100 journals. He is also reviewers of many grants (e.g., FONDECYT Regular Competition National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT) of the Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo (ANID), Chile and the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia).


Teaching and Research Specialties

Areas of teaching: operations management, industrial engineering techniques and methods, supply chain management, and risk and crisis management

Areas of Research: process system engineering, artificial intelligence (especially data analytics and machine learning), sustainability engineering, supply chain management and multi-criteria decision-making methods.


Editorialship of Journals

  1. Co-Editor-in-Chief of Environment, Development and Sustainability (Springer, SCI indexed)

  2. Subject Editor of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier, SCI indexed)

  3. Editor of Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management (SCI indexed)

  4. Series Editor (Editor-in-Chief) of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Management in Springer Nature (ISSN: 2730-6070) (Springer)

  5. Specialty Chief Editor of Frontier in Sustainability | Multi-criteria Decision Making (Frontiers)

  6. Associate Editor of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (SCI indexed, 2016-2019)

  7. Associate Editor of Journal of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development

  8. Section Chief Editor of Journal of Renewable Energy Research


Member of Editorial Board of Journals

  1. Editorial Board member of Journal of Fuzzy Logic and Modeling in Engineering
  2. Editorial Board member of Energy, Sustainability and Society (EI and ESCI indexed)

  3. Editorial Board Member of Global Journal of Energy Technology Research Updates

  4. Editorial Board Member of Bioengineering International

  5. Editorial Board Member of Environmental Science: Research and Reviews

  6. Editorial Board Member of Eng Journal


Edited Book (selected)

  1. Ren, J, Toniolo, S. (eds.)  Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision-Making: Methodologies and Case Studies. Elsevier. Paperback ISBN: 9780128183557; eBook ISBN: 9780128183564.

  2. Ren, J. (eds.)  Waste-to-Energy: Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Sustainability Assessment. Elsevier. ISBN: 9780128163948.

  3. Ren, J., Wang, Y., He, C. (eds.)  Towards Sustainable Chemicals from Energy Generation Systems: Applications of Sustainability Assessment and Analysis, Design and Optimization, and Hybridization and Modularization. Elsevier. Paperback ISBN:9780128183762; eBook ISBN: 9780128189344.

  4. Ren, J. (eds.) Renewable-Energy-Driven Future: Technologies, Applications, Sustainability and Policies. Elsevier (Academic Press). Paperback ISBN: 9780128205396; eBook ISBN: 9780128205402.

  5. Ren, J., Shen, W., Man, Y., Dong, L. (eds.) Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Process Systems Engineering. Elsevier. Paperback ISBN: 9780128210925.



※ (Google Scholar: and (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9690-5183)

Published over 150 papers (more than 80 papers with the first authorship or/and the corresponding authorship) in the followings following journals:

  1. Operations Management for Energy, Environmental and Sustainability (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy Policy, Energy Research & Social Science, International Journal of Energy Research, International Journal of Hydrogen EnergyJournal of Cleaner Production, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Energy, Sustainability and Society, and Sustainable Production and ConsumptionJournal of Environmental Management, Science of The Total Environment, ChemosphereAtmospheric EnvironmentInternational Journal of Life Cycle AssessmentEnergy Policy, Energy Research & Social Science, and Environmental Impact Assessment Review);
  2. Process system engineering (AIChE J, Computer & Chemical EngineeringGreen ChemistryChemical Engineering Science, Industrial& Engineering Chemistry ResearchACS Sustainable Chemistry & EngineeringDesalinationChemical Engineering & Processing: Process IntensificationSeparation and Purification Technology, and Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering, etc.); and
  3. Low-carbon Transportation (Transport ReviewsJournal of Air Transport Management, Transportation Research Part ATransportation Research Part D, Technological Forecast & Social Change, and Habitat International).

The following are some representative articles (selected 10 papers as the first author from 10 different journals)

  1. Ren, J., Ren, X., Dong, L., Manzardo, A., He, C., Pan, M. Multiactor Multicriteria Decision Making for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment under Uncertainties. AIChE J 2018; 64(6), 2103-2112.

  2. Ren, J.*. Life Cycle Aggregated Sustainability Index for the Prioritization of Industrial Systems Under Data Uncertainties. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2018; 113, 253-263.

  3. Ren J, Tan S, Goodsite M.E., Pang C., Dong L. Optimization of Emergy Sustainability Index for Biodiesel Supply Network Design. Energy Conversion and Management 2015;92: 312-321.

  4. Ren J, An D, Liang H, Dong L, Gao Z, Geng Y, Zhu Q, Song S, Zhao W. Life Cycle Energy and CO2 emission Optimization for Biofuel Supply Chain Planning under Uncertainties. Energy 2016;103: 151-166.

  5. Ren J, Lützen M. Selection of Sustainable Alternative Energy Source for Shipping: Multi-Criteria Decision Making Under Incomplete Information. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 2017; 74:1003-1019.

  6. Ren, J.*. Sustainability Prioritization of Energy Storage Technologies for Promoting the Development of Renewable Energy: A Novel Intuitionistic Fuzzy Combinative Distance-based Assessment Approach. Renewable Energy 2018; 121, 666-676

  7. Ren, J*., Toniolo, S. Interval Reference Point Technique for Sustainable Industrial Process Selection under Uncertainties. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 2020, 27,354-371.

  8. Ren, J*., Dong, L. Evaluation of Electricity Supply Sustainability and Security: Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Approach.  Journal of Cleaner Production 2018; 172, 438-453.

  9. Ren J*, Liang H, Dong L, Sun L, Gao Z*. Design for Sustainability of Industrial Symbiosis based on Emergy and Multi-objective Particle Swarm Optimization. Science of the Total Environment, 2016; 562: 789-801.

  10. Ren J, Tan S, Dong L*, Mazzi A, Scipioni A, Sovacool B.K. Determining the Life Cycle Energy Efficiency of Six Biofuel Systems in China: A Data Envelopment Analysis. Bioresource Technology 2014; 162: 1-7.


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