Bingyu Liu is a PhD candidate in environmental law at Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She is an international environmental law and policy specialist from China, with academic background on EU and international environmental law and economic law, and practical consultancy experience on environmental policies. Bingyu Liu’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. Through her research she hope to help Chinese overseas companies more effectively identify and mitigate environmental and social risks, in turn nudging their investment towards sustainability in African countries.

Bingyu Liu gained professional experience at several environmental organizations, such as UN Environment, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and Center for International Sustainable Development Law. Bingyu Liu’s previous research projects have been with leading universities like Stanford University, University of Groningen and Bologna University (on Chinese Supreme Court guiding cases studies, carbon emission trading, and foreign investment), as well as with Chinese state agencies like the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency and Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (on Chinese climate change legislation and China-EU environmental governance). She have several publications on topics relating to foreign investment and environment, corporate social responsibility and accountability; and natural resources conflict and peace building.