Herlin Chien

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


Herlin Chien is an associate professor at College of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. She holds two doctoral degrees: the first PhD in political science (2008) from National Sun-Yat Sen University, Taiwan and the second PhD in Sustainability Science (2021) from Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University, Japan.

Her research interests include public private partnership, citizen engagement, policy change, adaptive governance, and sustainable development. She works with NGOs including Citizen Congress Watch (CCW), Business and Professional Women (BPW), Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU).

Her most recent publication include: “Urban Commons in the Techno-Economic Paradigm Shift: An ICT-Enabled Climate-Resilient Solutions Review, Feb 2022, Environment and Planning B: Urban and City Science Special Issue – Smart Cities and Climate-Resilient Urban Planning; “Evaluating Impacts of Researchers to Enable Sustainability Transition: Using Urban Ecosystem Service Literature as An Exemplary Field,” Feb. 2022, Environment, Development and Sustainability, 24, 2345-2361; “Evaluating social–ecological fit in urban stream management: The role of governing institutions in sustainable urban ecosystem service provision”, 2021, Ecosystem Services, 49, 101285,  Special Issue: Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in Asia: examples of applications in planning, management and decision making.

Since 2006, Herlin has been a visiting scholar at Ecole Normale superieure de Lyon, France; University of California, Irvine, USA; Shanghai International Studies University, China and Thammasat University, Thailand. In 2020, she served as conference organizing committee co-chair for International Sustainable Development Conference 2020 and in Feb. 2023 she founded Taiwan Sustainability Hub at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (TSH@NPUST) to promote 1.5 degree food and consumption transition movement both in Taiwan and in Asia.