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Helen Lansdowne

Assistant Dean, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Law

During the past twenty-five years, Helen has specialized in issues of development with a particular gendered focus in Southeast Asia.  Her graduate work explored rural China state-society relations during the 20th Century. As a faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences at Camosun College, Helen has taught post-secondary courses in Asian Studies, Gender Studies and Sociology for more than twenty years.

While working at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria, Helen was instrumental in administering seminal justice system development work in the emerging economies of Vietnam and Cambodia in the early 2000s. As Associate Director, Helen has  overseen CAPI’s overall operations and administration, helped establish and run the centre’s highly regarded international student internship program for outgoing Canadian students as well as the centre’s incoming cultural exchange and training programs, undertaken by thousands of visitng students and hundreds of cross-sector professionals from across Asia.

Helen is co-editor of numerous academic volumes, many derived from international CAPI conferences and helped found and is an editor of CAPI’s online, open access journal Migration, Mobility, & Displacement.