Helen Lansdowne

CAPI Associate Director (2008 to 2011 and 2014 to present)
CAPI Interim Director (2011 to 2014)
CAPI Assistant Director (1998 to 2008)

Helen Lansdowne speaking at a conference in Bhutan, 2019
Helen presents at a 2019 conference in Thimphu, Bhutan

Helen Lansdowne has a BA and an MA in Pacific and Asian Studies from UVic and has been with CAPI since late 1998.

Helen specializes in issues of development and gender in Southeast Asia and rural China state-society relations. She was instrumental in helping to administer seminal justice system development work in the emerging economies of Vietnam and Cambodia in the early 2000s, and, in addition to overseeing CAPI's overall operations and administration, helped to establish and run the centre's highly regarded international student internship program for outgoing Canadian students as well as the centre's incoming cultural exchange and training programs, undertaken by thousands of visitng students and hundreds of cross-sector professionals from across Asia.

Helen is co-editor of numerous academic volumes, many derived from international CAPI conferences and helped found CAPI's online, open access journal Migration, Mobility, & Displacement.

Current Major Projects


Migration & Mobility

CAPI hosts a dedicated migration and mobility program, which brings together experts in the field from all over the world to share expertise and knowledge of migration and mobility issues related to Asia.

Early Career Leaders in China program participants get a tour of the False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility in Vancouver

CAPI Training Programs

CAPI hosts a multitude of short and long-term cultural exchange and professional development training sessions for overseas students, scholars, and practitioners.

Edited volumes