Mengqiao Xu
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Mengqiao Xu, PhD, Associare Professor

My research mainly focuses on data-driven analysis of global maritime transportation systems. Currently, I am interested in quantitatively understanding the evolving complex system of global maritime transportation and its interaction with the development of international trade, based on advanced complex-network-science analyses and big empirical shipping datasets. Indeed, maritime transportation is fundamental to the world economy, as around 80% of global trade by volume is transported by sea each year.

I received my Bachelor's degree in Shipping Management (in 2011), a Master's degree in Transportation Planning and Management (in 2013), and PhD in Management Science and Engineering (in 2016), at Dalian Maritime University, the key maritime institution under the Ministry of Transport, People's Republic of China.


Research focus: global maritime transportation network, big shipping data analysis, complex network analysis, international trade network

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Selected publications (# co-first author, * corresponding author)

[12] Mengqiao Xu*, Yifan Zhu, Kaishuo Liu, Adolf K. Y. Ng. Assessing resilience of global liner shipping network to tropical cyclones. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 2024: 104189 (SCI, SSCI, Q1, IF = 7.6, AJG 3星)

[11] Mengqiao Xu*, Wenhui Deng, Yifan Zhu, Linyuan LÜ*. Assessing and improving the structural robustness of global liner shipping system: A motif-based network science approach. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 2023, 240: 109576. (SCI Q1, IF = 8.1, ABS 3)

[10] Xu, M.*, Zhu, Y., Deng, W., Shen Y., & Li, T.*  Assessing the efficiency and vulnerability of global liner shipping network. Global Networks, 2023, 1–27.  (ABS 3,IF = 1.968)

[9] Xueming Liu, Yue Xu, Mengqiao Xu *Wenhui Deng, Linqiang Pan, Adolf K. Y. Ng. Two-Hop Biconnected Components in the Global Liner Shipping Network Reveal International Trade Statuses. IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, 2023, forthcoming. (SCI Q1, IF = 5.033) 

[8] Xiujuan Xu, Yifan Zhu, Mengqiao Xu *, Wenhui Deng, Yuqing Zuo. Vulnerability analysis of the global liner shipping network: from static structure to cascading failure dynamics. Ocean & Coastal Management, 2022, 229: 106325. (SCI Q1, IF = 4.295)

[7] Timothy LaRock, Mengqiao Xu *, Tina Eliassi-Rad. A Path-based Approach to Analyzing the Global Liner Shipping Network. EPJ Data Science2022,11:18. (SCI, SSCI Q1, IF = 3.184)

[6] Mengqiao Xu# *, Qian Pan#, Alessandro Muscoloni, Haoxiang Xia*, Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci*Modular gateway-ness connectivity and structural core organization in maritime network science. Nature Communications, 2020, 11: 2849. (SCI Q1, IF = 12.121)

[5] Mengqiao Xu, Qian Pan, Haoxiang Xia, Naoki Masuda*Estimating international trade statuses of individual countries from a global liner shipping network. Royal Society Open Science, 2020, 7: 200386. (SCI Q2, IF = 2.646)

[4] Sadamori Kojaku#Mengqiao Xu#, Haoxiang Xia, Naoki Masuda*. Multiscale core-periphery structure in a global liner shipping network. Scientific Reports, 2019, 9(1): 404. (SCI Q1IF = 3.998)

[3] Mengqiao Xu*, Haoxiang Xia. Hub dependency and vulnerability of China's overseas connections. In: Cesar Ducruet (Ed.), Advances in Shipping Data Analysis and Modeling: Tracking and Mapping Maritime Flows in the Age of Big Data, 2017. London: Routledge. (Book chapter)

[2] Mengqiao Xu*, Zhenfu Li, Yanlei Shi, Xiaoling Zhang, Shufei Jiang. Evolution of regional inequality in the global shipping network. Journal of Transport Geography, 2015, 44: 1-12. (SSCI Q1IF = 3.834)

[1] Zhenfu Li, Mengqiao Xu*, Yanlei Shi. Centrality in global shipping network basing on worldwide shipping areas. GeoJournal, 2015, 80(1): 47-60. (EI)

Research Grants:

[1] National Natural Science Foundation of China, Project no. 7210011143, "Data driven study of the evolution mechanism and invulnerability of global liner shipping network", 2022/01 - 2024/12. Project role: PI

[2] Fundamental research funds for the central universities (China), Project no. DUT20RC(3)046, "On the embeddedness of the Chinese ports into global shipping networks", 2020/08-2023/07. Project role: PI 

[3] China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, Project no. 2017M621141, "Structural complexity of the global shipping networks and China's international shipping", 2017/11-2020/06. Project role: PI 

[4] Joint-research project applied to the University of Tokyo, Project no. 766, "Understanding human mobility patterns and urban geography", 2017/07-2023/07. Project role: PI 

Scientific Talks:

[Invited]  A path-based approach to analyzing the global liner shipping network. 6th Chinese Systems Science Conference (CSSC2022), 12-13 Nov 2022, Shanghai, China.

[Invited]  Global liner shipping network analysis: structure and dynamics. Institute of Marine Sustainable Development, Liaoning Normal University, 20 Sep 2022, Dalian, China.

[Invited]  Cutting-edge research in complex network analysis and its application to the global maritime transportation system. 26 January, 2022, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

[Invited] Applications of network science to analyzing the global maritime shipping system. 5th Chinese Systems Science Conference (CSSC2021), 22-23 May 2021, China, Nanjing.

[Invited] Modular gateway-ness connectivity and structural core organization in maritime network science. 9 July 2020, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China.

[Invited] Modular gateway-ness connectivity and structural core organization in maritime network science. Socioeconomic networks and network science workshop, 3-4 July 2020, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

[Invited] The global liner shipping network architecture exhibits a crucial structural core which supports world trade. Network Science Workshop and the kick-off conference for the Center for Computational Social Science (CCSS) of Kobe University, 25-26 October 2018, Kobe University. Kobe, Japan.

[Invited] Hub dependency and vulnerability of China's overseas connections. 2nd International Workshop on Maritime Flows and Networks, 25-27 April 2016, The French National Center for Scientific Research, Paris, France.

[Contributed] Estimating international trade status of countries from global liner shipping networks. 2022 World Transport Convention, 4-7 November 2022, Wuhan, China. (oral presentation, online)

[Contributed] Complex Network Analysis of the Global Liner Shipping System. 11th International Forum on Shipping, Ports, and Airports (IFSPA 2022), 16-20 May 2022, Hong Kong (oral presentation, online)

[Contributed] Data-driven analysis of the global liner shipping system: a network science perspective. The 10th International Conference on Logistics and Maritime Systems (LOGMS 2021), 28-31 October 2021, Zhoushan, China (oral presentation)

[Contributed] Estimating international trade statuses of individual countries from a global liner shipping network. NetSci 2019,27-31 May 2019, Burlington, USA. (poster presentation)

[Contributed] The global liner shipping network architecture encloses a crucial structural core for the international trade. NetSci 2018, 11-15 June 2018, Paris, France. (poster and oral presentations)

[Contributed] An empirical study of the global liner shipping network: Topological structure and spatial organization. NetSci-X 2018, 5-8 January 2018, Hangzhou, China. (oral presentation)

[Contributed] Hub dependency and vulnerability of global-local connectivity in the world liner shipping network: An empirical case study. NetSci 2017, 19-23 June 2017, Indianapolis, USA. (poster and oral presentations)

Academic service:

Ø  Affiliations to Academic Associations

Belt and Road Global Research Network (B&R-GRN). Member (2021-present)

Ø  Peer-Review Activities

E.g., Electronic Research Archive (SCI, Q1), Ocean & Coastal Management (SCI, Q1), Transport Policy (SSCI, Q1), Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (SCI, Q2), PLOS ONE (SCI, Q2), Journal of Complex Networks (SCI, Q3), Japanese Economic Review (SSCI, Q4), Journal of Transport Geography (SSCI, Q1).

Ø  Other Professional Services

[2] Session Chair. 6th Chinese Systems Science Conference (CSSC2022), 12-13 Nov 2022, Shanghai, China. Chaired session entitled “Network higher-order structure and dynamics”.

[1] Session Chair. The 10th International Conference on Logistics and Maritime Systems (LOGMS 2021), 28-31 October 2021, Zhoushan, China. Chaired session entitled “Data Driven Analysis”.


Ø  Courses

Undergraduate, in Chinese] Social Network Analysis, 32 class hours, Course number: 1060142340.01. Spring semester, 2021-2022 Academic Year.

[Undergraduate, in Chinese] Social Network Analysis, 32 class hours, Course number: 100034342340.02. Spring semester, 2020-2021 Academic Year.

[Graduate, in English] Introduction to Network Science, 32 class hours, Course number: 2060241611. Autumn semester, 2021-2022 Academic Year. 

Ø  Guest lectures

[graduate, in English] Guest lecture: Cutting-edge research in complex network analysis and its application to the global maritime transportation system. In course: Complex Networks, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University (Japan). January 26th, 2022 

  • Educational Experience
  • Work Experience
2013-9 | 2016-6
  • 大连海事大学
  • 管理科学与工程
  • Doctoral Degree

2011-9 | 2013-6
  • 大连海事大学
  • 交通运输规划与管理
  • Master's Degree

2007-9 | 2011-6
  • 大连海事大学
  • 航运管理
  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Social Affiliations
  • Research Focus
Personal Information

Supervisor of Master's Candidates


Alma Mater:Dalian Maritime University

Degree:Doctoral Degree

School/Department:School of Economics and Management

Discipline:Management Science and Engineering. Systems Engineering

Business Address:Office no. D318, School of Economics and Management



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