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Dr Huei-Ling (Lynn) Lai

Dr Huei-Ling (Lynn) Lai

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Amory C255


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


Huei-Ling (Lynn) works on a multi-method research project titled 'Net Zero Sense of Place' in 3 UK industrial clusters (Scotland, Sourth Wales, and North West), which is part of the research program of the Industrial Decarbonization Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) funded by UKRI. She received her PhD in political ecology from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands in February 2021. Her PhD research investigated place-making politics and grassroots innovations in the energy and agricultural sectors in Taiwan, covering issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and resource grabbing that emerged in the studied cases. Before joining the University of Exeter, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences under Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan. She also translates environmental news and conducts independent reports on international environmental and energy issues for several online media and blogs in Taiwan.

Broad Research Specialisms

Political ecology, environmental activism and justice, grassroots innovation for sustainability, and human geography 


BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and minor in Economics (National Taiwan University)
MA in Victorian Literature (University of Leeds)
MSc in Environment, Science and Society (UCL)
PhD in Political Ecology (ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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Research interests

Political ecology, grassroots innovations, place-making, and environmental justice

Research projects

IDRIC-Net zero senses of place
IDRIC IA-Delivering a place-based just transition in industrial clusters 

Research networks

Future Earth Taipei

Research grants

  • 2023 Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre
    IDRIC Impact Acceleration Funding

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