Elaine (Lan Yin) Hsiao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus in environmental peacebuilding and international development. She is a critical socio-legal scholar and political ecologist, integrating peace and conflict studies with transboundary conservation and protected areas, Indigenous and community governance, human rights and rights of nature, and development alternatives. Much of her work seeks to address conflicts in conservation (e.g., human-protected area conflicts, human-wildlife conflicts), conservation in places of conflict (i.e., conflict-sensitive and conflict-resilient conservation), and conflict resolution through conservation (environmental peacebuilding).
Prior to joining KSU SPCS, Dr. Hsiao was a Global Challenges Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) and Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Rwanda’s Center of Excellence on Biodiversity and Natural Resources (UR CoEB), where she explored the disruption and revitalization of ICCAs (areas and territories conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities) in Rwanda, and the concept of ecological peace, evolving peace theory for inter-species or more-than-human relations. She led the IUCN WCPA Young Professionals Network from 2012-2016, developed and led a peace park learning expedition in Parque Internacional La Amistad (2011), held a Fulbright grant in Uganda (2010-2011) and co-produced a documentary film (“Transcending Boundaries”), worked to establish a peace park on the border of Honduras and Nicaragua while at the UN University for Peace, and served the Permanent Mission for the Union of Comoros at the UN.
Dr. Hsiao Co-Chairs the IUCN CEESP Theme on Environment and Peace and its Task Force on Migration, Environmental Change and Conflict, is a Member of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force and the Africa Interest Group of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, and is an Honorary Member of the ICCA Consortium.
PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, UBC InsWtute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, LLM in Environmental Law, Pace University Haub School of Law, JD in International and Environmental Law, Pace University Haub School of Law, BA in International Economics, UCLA
Interdisciplinary Qualitative Methods
[Forthcoming] Richard Matthew, Elaine (Lan Yin) Hsiao, Philippe Le Billon & Galeo Saintz, Species on the Move: Environmental Change, Conservation and Displacement, Annals of the AAG Special Issue on “Displacement”.
[Forthcoming] Elaine (Lan Yin) Hsiao, Conviviality in disrupted socionatural landscapes: ecological peacebuilding around Akagera National Park, Conservation and Society.
2021 Elaine Hsiao & Philippe Le Billon, Connecting Peaces: Transboundary Conservation and the Integration of International, Social, and Ecological Peace, International Journal on World Peace.
2021 Elaine Hsiao, Fakunle Aremu and Ousseyni Kalilou, Pan-African Response to COVID-19: New Forms of Environmental Peacebuilding Emerge, February 2021, NewSecurityBeat.
2020 Protecting protected areas i n bello: learning from institutional design and conflict-resilience in the Greater Virunga and Kidepo Landscapes. Goettingen Journal of International Law 10(1): 67-110.
2018 Nomoscaping Peace in Times of Conflict: A Case Study of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and Conflict. IUCN AEL EJournal Special Issue 9: 79-103.
2015 Water for Peace and Resilience: Transboundary Integrated Water Management for the Central Albertine Rift, South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 20: 65-87.
2012 Whanganui River Agreement: Indigenous Rights and Rights of Nature, Environmental Policy and Law 42(6): 371-376 (Dec.), reprinted in Just Between the Law and Us: Persons and Property, Vol. 1 (Neil Sargent & Login Atkinson eds., 2016).
2008 Pablo Flores Velasquez, Pablo Martinez de Anguita, Elaine Hsiao, eds., La Conservación en las Fronteras: El Ciclo de Proyectos Aplicado a la Creación del Parque Binacional “Padre Fabretto” ( Fundacion Fabretto, May 2008).
[Book Chapter] 2013 Environmental Law and Regulation of Nicaragua, i n Comparative Environmental Law and Regulation (Nicholas Robinson ed., 2010) (updated Apr. 1).
[Book Chapter] 2013 Environmental Law and Regulation of Honduras, in C omparative Environmental Law and Regulation (Nicholas Robinson ed., 2010) (updated Apr. 1).