PhD Candidate

Bingyu (Gloria) Liu is a PhD candidate in environmental law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia (UBC). She is an international environmental law and policy researcher from China, with academic background on EU and international environmental law and economic law, and practical consultancy experience on environmental policies in several environmental organizations, such as United Nations Environment Programme, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and the Center for International Sustainable Development Law. Bingyu’s current PhD research focuses on strengthening the environmental conservation by Chinese companies during foreign investment in the context of China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. More specifically, she examines the regulatory mechanism of environmental and social performances of Chinese infrastructure and energy companies in Kenya, where she conducted empirical research for seven months. Through her research she hopes to assist Chinese overseas companies more effectively identify and mitigate environmental and social risks, in turn nudging their investment towards sustainability in African countries. She has several publications on topics relating to foreign investment and environment, corporate social responsibility and accountability; and natural resources conflict and peace building.