Bio (Elin Kelsey)

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Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey


Associate Faculty


Environment and Sustainability


Elin Kelsey is an educator, researcher, thesis supervisor and award-winning author. Over the past decade, she has been a spokesperson for hope, resilience and the environment. Kelsey conducts research into emotional responses to the culture of “doom and gloom” that permeates environmental issues. She has taught at Royal Roads since 2003 and runs a consultancy business called Kelsey & Company. An award-winning author of more than a dozen environment and science-based books for children and adults, Kelsey's books have received rave reviews from The Economist, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Review. Her newest picture book, You Are Stardust, was lauded by the influential blog Brain Pickings, and won the 2013 Canadian Library Association and 2012 YABC Choice Awards. It was named both a Best Children’s Book of 2012 and Best Children’s App of 2012 by Kirkus Review. Not Your Typical Book About the Environment won the 2011 International Green Earth Book Award. Her work appears in New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, Conservation Magazine, Bay Area Parent, Green Teacher, Mindful Word, and numerous online sites. An avid traveller, Kelsey has led eco-tours to Africa, India, Indonesia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Antarctica and the Canadian Arctic. Kelsey leads writing circles at California State University, Monterey Bay, and facilitates strategic planning workshops in a range of international settings.


Kelsey has worked on public participation in marine reserves in Britain, Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the USA. She wrote the scientific brief for Pew Global Oceans, which led to the dedication in 2009 of one of the world’s largest marine reserves, the Mariana Trench National Monument. Kelsey recently worked with a coalition of more than 40 aquariums and visitor centres on a multi-year empowerment evaluation of communicating climate change and the oceans. Her interest in emergent environmental leadership has led to collaborative research with Dr. Nicole Ardoin’s Environmental Learning Team at Stanford University.


Kelsey holds a PhD in science education/communication and international environmental policy through King's College London, where she was a King’s College Alumni Research Scholarship recipient. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology (Honours) from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in science learning in informal settings from the University of British Columbia. She serves as a principal research fellow at The Cairns Institute at James Cook University in Australia. She is currently based in Europe as a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, and as a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy. She has been awarded writer-in-residence posts at Hedgebrook, Berton House, Conservation International, Crofton House and Mesa Refuge.