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Key Research Interests

Soil science; Soil recarbonisation; Soil carbon modelling; Soil pollution; Waste management


Li is a Lecturer in Soil Science at the University of East Anglia. Her research expertise is in soil carbon profiling and soil organic carbon modelling.

Li’s research focuses on i) soil carbon stability; ii) soil carbon modelling; iii) reconstructed soils and their potential to store carbon; iv) different types of soil amendments and how they can affect soil carbon, soil quality and soil physical and chemical properties.

Li has kept a great interest in soil science since her very first soil research project – a bachelor’s dissertation, relating to contaminated soils. She conducted her second soil research project while studying at the University of East Anglia, relating to agricultural soil and soil amendments. Since then, she has worked on various research projects, including i) Paper crumble for public goods and net zero agriculture (PANEZA); and ii) Valorisation of paper crumble as a soil improver to enhance soil carbon stock and soil quality (VALCRUM). iii) Anglian Water/Sandringham Estate - Soil carbon profiling. She is currently working on the Interreg FCE project ‘Reconstructed Soils from Waste’, with her expertise in soil carbon profiling and soil carbon modelling.


  • Lecturer in Soil Science - University of East Anglia (Sep 2022 - Present)
  • Senior Research Associate - University of East Anglia (Sep 2022 - Present)
  • Research Associate – University of East Anglia (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
  • Intern – Greenworld Sales Ltd, Kings Lynn (July 2020 – March 2021)
  • Temporary Staff (Academic Related) - University of East Anglia (Jan 2020 – July 2020)
  • Research Assistant - Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Sep 2019 - Nov 2019)
  • Research Intern - University of East Anglia (Aug 2018 – Jun 2019)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, University of East Anglia

Sep 2017Sep 2018

Award Date: 7 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology

Sep 2013Jun 2017

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017

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