Elena Louder

Ph.D. Student

I am a third year PhD student in the school of Geography, Development and Environment working with Dr. Carl Bauer. My research draws from political ecology, critical social theory, and science and technology studies to study environmental politics and sustainability, and question how these are contoured by systems of power and political economy at various scales. My dissertation research examines renewable energy development in Chile, and specifically the intersection of decarbonization and social justice issue in rural and Indigenous communities who live in landscapes of green energy production.

Before coming to the U of A, I completed a master’s degree in International Conservation and Development at the University of Montana, where I explored the intersection of neoliberalism and conservation through an investigation of privately owned parks in Chilean Patagonia.

I have also worked periodically since 2013 as a research assistant at the international conservation NGO, the Luc Hoffmann Institute. In this role I’ve had the opportunity to engage in various projects related to the science-policy interface, including knowledge co-production and research impact and evaluation. I also participated in the Biodiversity Revisited project, a global collaboration of conservation scholars and practitioners working to chart a new course for biodiversity research, where I served as a lead chapter author.

I’m also an avid whitewater kayaker and river guide. When I’m not engaged in scholarly pursuits, you can find me on a river somewhere!


My publications:

Cvitanovic, C., Wyborn, C., Glenn, E., Kelly, R., Louder, E., Bednarek, A. (2021). Ten Considerations for research funders seeking to enhance the impact of marine science on policy and practice. Frontiers in Marine Science 8: 704495.

Wyborn, C. and Louder, E. (2021). Engaging with the science and politics of biodiversity futures: A literature review. Environmental Conservation 48(1) 8-15.

Louder, E., Wyborn, C, Cvitanovic, C, Bednarek, A. (2021). A synthesis of the frameworks available to guide evaluations of research impact at the interface of environmental science, policy and practice. Environmental Science and Policy 116: 258-265.

Wyborn, C., Montana, J., Kalas, N., Clement, S., Davila Ciseneros, F., Knowles, N. Louder, E., Balan, M., Chambers, J., Christel, L., Forsyth, T., Henderson, G., Izquierdo Tort, S., Lim, M., Martinez-Harms, M.J., Merçon, J., Nuesiri, E., Pereria, L., Pilbeam, V., Turnhout, E., Wood, S., Ryan, M. (2021). An agenda for research and action towards diverse and just futures for life on Earth. Conservation Biology 35(4): 1086-1097.

Louder, E. and Wyborn, C. (2020). Biodiversity narratives: Stories of the evolving conservation landscape. Environmental Conservation 47(4): 251-259.

Turnhout, E., Metze, T. Wyborn, C. Klenk, N. Louder, E. (2020). The politics of co-production: Participation, power, and transformation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 42:15-21.

Nostrom, A., Cvitanovic, C. Löf, M.F., West, S., Wyborn, C., Balvanera, P., Bednarek, A.T., Bennet, E.M., Biggs, R., de Bremond, A., Campbell, B.M., Canadell, J.G., Carpenter, S.R., Folke, C., Fulton, E.A., Gaffney, O., Gelcich, S., Jouffray, J., Leach, M. LeTissier, M., Martín-López, B., Louder, E., Loutre, M., Meadow, A.,M., Nagendra, H., Payne, D., Peterson, G.D., Reyers, B., Scholes, R.,  Speranza, C.I., Spierenburg, M. Stafford-Smith, M. Tengö, M., van der Hel, S. van Putten, I., Österblom, H. (2020). Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research. Nature Sustainability 3: 182-190. 

Louder, E., & Bosak, K. (2019). What the gringos brought: Local perspectives on a privately protected area in Chilean Patagonia. Conservation and Society 17(2):161-172.

Yung, L. Louder, E. Gallagher, L., Jones, K., Wyborn, C. (2019). How methods for navigating uncertainty connect science and policy at the water-energy-food nexus. Frontiers in Environmental Science 7(37):1-17.

Wyborn, C., Louder, E., Harrison, J. Montambault, J. Montana, J., Ryan, M., Bednarek, A.T., Nesshöver, C, Pullin, A., Reed, M., Dellecker, E., Kramer, J. Boyd, J., Dellecker, A., Hutton, J. (2018). Understanding the impact of research synthesis. Environmental Science and Policy 86:72-84.