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Dr. Hsing-Sheng Tai

I have been working on issues concerning the sustainable use and conservation of renewable natural resources for 20 years. My research interests particularly focus on indigenous peoples’ common-pool resource governance. Since 2013 I have been working with scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in researching social-ecological systems resilience and resilience-based governance in both land and marine contexts. I am currently a committee member of the Taiwan Sustainability Hub, which is tasked with promoting trans-disciplinary research (TDR) toward social transformation in Taiwan. My lab has been collaborating with diverse stakeholders in specific cases; local communities, governmental agencies, NGOs, and academics. Taiwanese and international students who are interested in natural resources governance, and/or social-ecological system resilience, are welcome to work with us.


Socio-ecological system resilience ; common-pool resources governance; environmental governance ; community-based conservation

Common Pool Resources Governance Lab, A242




CIRES, College of Environmental Studies, National Dong Hwa University. 
No.1, Sec.2, Da Hsueh Rd., Shoufeng, Hualien 974301, Taiwan.

Active Projects

  • Social-ecological systems resilience dynamics and resilience-based governance of the Danungdafu area in Eastern Taiwan.
    Indigenous hunting, wildlife conservation, and wildlife co-management:the Truku Tribe.

Key Publications

  • Tai, H.-S.*, and I-C. Lu (2019). Re-commoning under state natural resources management: latest trends of the rise of indigenous-state wildlife co-management regime in Taiwan. Journal of Local History and Culture, 22:33-54. (In Chinese) *corresponding author

  • Williams, K. W., and H.-S. Tai* (2016). A multi-tier social-ecological system analysis of protected areas co-management in Belize. Sustainability, 8:104. *corresponding author

  • Williams, K. W., and H.-S. Tai* (2016). Changing with the times? Indigenous Q’eqchi Maya responses to disturbances in the Sarstoon Temash social-ecological system, Belize. Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies, 9:59-103. *corresponding author

  • Tai, H.-S. (2015). Cross-scale and cross-level dynamics: governance and capacity for resilience in a social-ecological system in Taiwan. Sustainability, 7:2045-2065.

  • Tai, H.-S. (2007). Development through conservation: an institutional analysis of indigenous community-based conservation in Taiwan. World Development, 35:1186-1203.

  • perspectives into impact reduction management in a reef recreation area. Water (Switzerland), 12(1). 

  • Lee, C. H., Chen, Y. J., Huang, Y. S., & Chen, C. W. (2020). Incorporating integrative perspectives into impact reduction management in a reef recreation area. Water, 12:111.

  • Lee, C. L., Wang, C. H., Lee, C. H., & Sriarkarin, S. (2019). Evaluating the public's preferences toward sustainable planning under climate and land use change in forest parks. Sustainability, 11:3149.

  • Sriarkarin, S. & Lee, C. H. (2018). Integrating the multiple attributes for sustainable development in a national park. Tourism Management Perspectives, 28:113-125.

  • Zong, C., Cheng, K., *Lee, C. H. & Hsu, N. L. (2017). Capturing Tourists' Preferences for the Management of Community-Based Ecotourism in a Forest Park. Sustainability, 9:1-16.

  • Huang, C. H., Lee, C. H. (2014). Consumer Willingness to Pay for Organic Fresh Milk in Taiwan. China Agricultural Economic Review, 6:198-211.

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