Dr Daowei Sun

Res Fellow-Systems Desgin & Complexity Mgmt
Dr Daowei Sun
  Org Unit Business School Office
  Email daowei.sun@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 1281
  Location Floor/Room 9 04 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace

Dr Daowei Sun is a research fellow at School of Marketing and Management, The University Adelaide. His research interests mainly focus on using systems approaches (Systems thinking and System Dynamics) to address complex issues in the real world, especially in the areas of Agricultural Systems, Natural Resources Management, Continuous Improvement and Innovation, and Business Management.

Please refer to Daowei's personal website for more information on his publication and projects.


  • PhD in “Integrative Systems-Systems Thinking and System Dynamics”,  The University of Queensland, Australia
  • PhD in "Environmental Science", Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China
  • BSc in Geography, Shandong Normal University, PR China


  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Systems Thinking and System Dynamics
  • Bayesian Belief Network Modelling
  • Agricultural Systems
  • Business Management
  • Environmental Tourism
  • Sustainability of Complex Systems

Jan 2015-December 2017

"Price Volatility of Fresh and Living Commodities: Asymmetric Transmission, Welfare Effects and Policy Options", Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, Administering Organisation: Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing China), Role in the research team: Chief Investigator.

Aug 2014-June 2016

"The development of decision models on assessing the risk of water environment for selected regions of Nen River", Funded by: Ministry of Water Resources of China, Role in the research team: Chief Investigator.

July 2013-June 2014

"Environmental management under community involvement at tourist destinations: a systemic comparison between cases in China and Australia " Australia - China joint action program, Funded by Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Role in the research team: Chief Investigator.

March 2012 - March 2015

"Integrated decision making system for water resources management", International collaboration research project, Funded by Songliao Water Resources Protection Bureau, Ministry of Water Resources, China. Role in the research team: Chief Investigator.

June 2008 - June 2012

  • International Postgraduate Research Tuition Fee Award
  • PhD stipend Scholarship from Australian Beef CRC



Sun, D.; Hyland, P.; Cui, H. A Designed Framework for Delivering Systems Thinking Skills to Small Business Managers. Systems 2014, 2, 297-312. Download at http://www.mdpi.com/2079-8954/2/3/297

Sun, D, Hyland, P & Bosch, O 2014, 'A Systemic View of Innovation Adoption in the Australian Beef Industry', Systems Research and Behavioral Science, no. forthcoming, p. DOI: 10.1002/sres.2251 (ERA Journal ranking B)

Wang, K, Deng, Y, Sun, D & Song, T 2014, 'Evolution and spatial patterns of spheres of urban influence in China', Chinese Geographical Science, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 126-36.

Bosch, O, Nam, N & Sun, D 2013, 'Addressing the Critical Need for 'New Ways of Thinking' in Managing Complex Issues in a Socially Responsible Way', Business Systems Review (ISSN 2280-3866), vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 48-70.

Sun, D & Carter, R 2009, 'Extreme Seasons and Extreme Visitation: The Case of Changbai Mountain Biosphere Reserve', Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-16. (ERA Journal ranking B)

An, X, Sun, D, Zhang, C & Zhang, Z 2006a, 'Experimental study on the pre-treatment of landfill leachate with treated coal ash', Journal of the CUN (Natural Sciences Edition), vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 304-7. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, An, X, Zhang, C & Zhang, Z 2006b, 'The assessment of water quality of landfill leachate at Dalian municipal landfill', Journal of Dalian University, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 88-91. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Chen, T & Jiang, Y 2005b, 'Study on a method to assess eco-environment vulnerability at mountain scenic resort', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 131-5. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Chen, T & Jiang, Y 2005a, 'The integrated development of tourism resources and eco-environment protection in Changbai Mountain Natural Reserve', Journal of Northeast Forestry University, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 97-9. (In Chinese)

An, X, Sun, D & Sun, M 2005, ' Identifying Optimum Conditions to determine Ammonia in water - a Nessler's Reagent Colorimetric Method', Journal of South-Central University for Nationalities (Nat. Sci.), vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 15-7. (In Chinese)

Sun, D & Zhao, Y 2004, 'The eco-environment protection and its improvement for Benxi city based on the environmental assessment of the Ninth-Five Period', Journal of Dalian Nationalities University, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 61-3. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Yu, M, Tian, W, Feng, L & Dong, Z 2002b, 'Scientia Geographica Sinica', Analysis of the advantages of Agricultural Environment for developing green food in Jilin province, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 226-31. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Yu, M, Chen, T, Tian, W & Wang, H 2002a, 'Study on the ecotourism environmental capacity: Jingyuetan national forest park as a case', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 66-71. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Niu, Y, Yu, M & Tian, W 2001, 'The conceptual plan of ecotourism development in Jingyuetan national forest park', Journal of Northeast Forestry University, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 57-60. (In Chinese)

Yu, M, Sun, D, Huang, R, Tian, W, Shen, W, Zhang, H & Xu, N 2003, 'Determination of ultra-trace gold in natural water by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry after in situ enrichment with thiol cotton fiber', Analytica chimica acta, vol. 479, no. 2, pp. 225-31. (ERA Journal ranking A)

Wang, H, Tian, W, Yu, M, Sun, D & Xu, N 2003, 'Pollution level analysis of heavy metal indexes in free-pollution vegetable producing areas of Changchun Suburb', Journal of Jilin Agricultural University, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 190-3. (In Chinese)

Yu, M, Sun, D, Tian, W, Wang, G, Shen, W & Xu, N 2002, 'Systematic studies on adsorption of trace elements Pt, Pd, Au, Se, Te, As, Hg, Sb on thiol cotton fiber', Analytica chimica acta, vol. 456, no. 1, pp. 147-55. (ERA Journal ranking A)

Niu, Y & Sun, D 2002, 'The eco-environmental protection methods on the west slope of Changbai Mountains Natural Conservation', Journal of Northeast Forestry University, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 62-4. (In Chinese)

Yu, M, Tian, W, Sun, D, Shen, W, Wang, G & Xu, N 2001, 'Systematic studies on adsorption of 11 trace heavy metals on thiol cotton fiber', Analytica chimica acta, vol. 428, no. 2, pp. 209-18. (ERA Journal ranking A)

Sun, D, Yu, M & Tian, W 2000c, 'Study on ecological and environmental problems and their countermeasures in Zhalong National natural reserve', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. Special Journal, no. 11, pp. 103-7. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Yu, M & Tian, W 2000b, 'The initial study on strategic environmental assessment of tourism resources development', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. Special Journal, no. 11, pp. 24-8. (In Chinese)

Sun, D, Yu, M & Tian, W 2000a, 'Analysis of heavy metal pollution in soil in Changchun vegetable production bases', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. Special Journal, no. 133-137. (In Chinese)

Shen, W, Yu, M, Wang, H, Tian, W & Sun, D 2000, 'Groundwater hydraulic management model and its application in two - aquifer system', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 76-81. (In Chinese)

Tian, W, Yu, M, Shen, W, Xu, N & Sun, D 2000, 'Study on practising the system of sustainable development impact assessment', China Environmental Science, vol. 20, no. Suppl., pp. 7-11. (In Chinese)

Yu, M, Tian, W, Zhu, Y, Liu, J & Sun, D 2000b, 'Primary Study on Wetland resources conservation and their sustainable utilization in Xianghai national nature reserve', Scientia Geographica Sinica, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 93-6. (In Chinese)

Yu, M, Tian, W, Sun, D, Shen, W & Wang, H 2000a, 'Initial study on environmental impact assessment of wetland resources development', Journal of Northeast Normal University, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 84-9. (In Chinese)


Sun, D 2012, 'Systems approaches towards enhancing continuous improvement and innovation in the Australian beef industry', PhD thesis, The University of Queensland.

Sun, D 2002, 'Study on the eco-environment assessment methods and protection countermeasures at tourism destinations in mountain area (山岳型旅游景区生态环境评估方法与保护措施研究)', PhD thesis, Postgraduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences.




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