Elaine Hsiao

PhD Candidate


Elaine Hsiao is a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Fellow, Specializing in Protected Areas at the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies. Her research seeks to promote peace parks or transboundary conservation areas for peace and cooperation in areas with a history of or on-going armed conflict for more just conservation, peace (international, social and ecological), and connectivity (linkages between protected areas, land and water, humans and land or Nature, or people and people through Nature). Elaine is currently the Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals Group, Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN Theme on Indigenous, Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas (TILCEPA) Mountain Connectivity and Social Policy Specialist Group, member of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Youth Leadership Team, and IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. She is an active member of Village Vancouver, a Transition Town Network, and Steering Committee Member of Sierra Club BC, as well as the International Development Research Network (IDRN).