Project Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

Honorary Reader, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL)

 
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April 15, 2014:

A public workshop on Technology Assessment and Simulation: A Stable Solution or Only Relevant Under Pressure? will be organized in Tokyo on July 11, with the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, Faculty of Science and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal, and the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). I will discuss the potential and challenges in implementing technology assessment through stakeholder platforms for sustainability innovation.

 

April 12, 2014:

The book Sustainable Luxury: Managing Social and Environmental Performance in Iconic Brands, edited by Miguel Angel Gardetti and Ana Laura Torres, will be published soon by Greenleaf Publishing in the United Kingdom. In this book we discussed the influence of an inclusive work culture on innovative corporate responsibility strategies in the luxury sector.

Gomes, Catarina Pessanha, and Masaru Yarime, "Promoting an Inclusive Work Culture for Innovative Corporate Responsibility Strategies - A Case Study in the Luxury Sector," in Miguel Angel Gardetti and Ana Laura Torres, eds., Sustainable Luxury: Managing Social and Environmental Performance in Iconic Brands, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing, forthcoming.

 

April 11, 2014:

A workshop was organized on April 11 for the Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST 2015), in which I have been working on proposals of post MDGs in the context of society's need for water and energy. I made a presentation of a working paper with Dr. Ali Kharrazi on resilience in energy systems implications for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this paper we discuss the concept of sustainability as a balance between efficiency and resilience, which would be dependent on diversity, modularity, and feedback, with implications for public policy and strategy for SDGs.

Yarime, Masaru, and Ali Kharrazi, "Resilience in Energy Systems: Implications for Public Policy and Strategy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," Working Paper prepared for the Workshop on Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST 2015), Tokyo, April 11 (2014).

 

April 10, 2014:

Today I received a visit from Ms. Christine Ax of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) based in Vienna, Austria. As the author of a recent book, Wachstumswahn – Was uns in die Krise führt und wie wir wieder heraus kommen (Growth Illusion - What leads us into the crisis and how we come out again), she is interested in transition concepts, pathways and scenarios on a sustainable future and a post-growth society. Japan is regarded, in some sense, as the future in terms of the aging and shrinking demographic trend and slow economic growth. We discussed how countries like Japan, and some other followers a little later, could cope with the formidable challenge of maintaining the quality of life, without being able to expect such a level of economic growth as in the past.

 

April 3, 2014:

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, Working Group III contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (WGIII AR5) and its Summary for Policymakers will be made available after approval at the Twelfth Session of Working Group III to be held in Berlin, Germany on April 7-11. I participated in WGIII AR5 as one of the Expert Reviewers.

 

April 1, 2014:

The Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) program of the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo will organize an orientation session on April 11 at 18:30-19:30 at Room 204 on the second floor of the School of Law Building. A special lecture will be given by Professor SUZUKI Hiroshi, Former Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Everyone is welcome to join us.

 

March 31, 2014:

The winter semester 2013-2014 ended today. In this semester I supervised the following doctoral dissertation and master's theses:

Trencher, Greg, "Co-creative university partnerships for urban transformations towards sustainability: Beyond the third mission through technology transfer," Doctoral Dissertation (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Examination Committee Members: Mino, Takashi, Yamaji, Eiji, Onuki, Motoharu, Matsuda, Nagao, Masafumi, and Baba, Yasunori), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2014).

Karlsson, Martin, "Smart Grid Innovation Processes and the Social Construction of Technology in Japan and the U.S.A.," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Nagao, Masafumi), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2014).

Shimizu, Tomomi, "Responsible Supply Chain Management as Compliance, Conventional, or Strategic CSR: A Case Study of Conflict Minerals Management in Electronics Companies in Japan, Europe, and the United States," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Matsuda, Hirotaka), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2014).

Mihashi, Rina, "Integrating Human Capital, Investment, Institution, and Natural Resource: Empirical Evidence for Their Relationships with Economic Growth and Development," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Matsuda, Hirotaka), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2014).

Zhang, Beibei, "Housing Abandonment in Japan: Patterns, Dynamics and Policies," (Supervisor: Asahi, Yasushi; Co-adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2014).

Dr. Gregory Trencher and Mr. Martin Karlsson received the Award of the Dean of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences for their excellent academic achievements.

 

March 30, 2014:

Our paper discussing a framework for integrating environmental, economic, social, and governance dimensions for urban sustainability in Kenya has been published in the latest issue of the journal Sustainability Science.

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Moving towards urban sustainability in Kenya: a framework for integration of environmental, economic, social, and governance dimensions," Sustainability Science, 9 (2), 205-215 (2014).

 

March 20, 2014:

The Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM) will organize an open session for graduate students who are interested in participating in GSDM on Friday, April 4 at 17:00-18:00 at Sanjo Conference Hall in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo.

 

March 18, 2014:

The 20th Policy Platform Seminar

Research Portfolios for Societal Problems: Conceptual Frameworks and Analytical Tools

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014, 15:00 – 16:30

Venue: School of Law Bldg., 2F 204, The University of Tokyo

Speaker: Dr. Ismael Rafols, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and Instituto de gestión de la innovación y del conocimiento (INGENIO), Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Abstract : While research portfolios have been extensively used as a heuristic for managing R&D with tangible economic benefits, they remain ill-defined in the wider science policy context, when research is aimed at achieving societal outcomes. We therefore analyze the uses of the term “research portfolio”, using analogies derived from the financial sector, but arguing for a new conception of public research portfolios. In particular, we insist on making connections to research landscapes, considering levels of diversity in research, focusing on interactions between projects, and adopting a broader interpretation of risk and returns of public research. Illustrating our proposals with bibliometric data and mapping techniques applied to avian influenza research, we argue that these new foundations can lead to tangible benefits for public sector research, fostering inclusivity, allowing for “alternative” portfolios to be considered, as well as promoting cost-effectiveness and transparency. Most importantly, we believe that our robust, yet basic, foundations for research portfolios can facilitate public deliberation and lead to the development of new science policy tools.

Bio: Dr. Rafols works on the mapping of interdisciplinary fields and emergent technologies such as biotech or nanotech, combining scientometrics, network analyses and qualitative approaches. The goal of his research is to improve transparency and plurality in technology assessment and foresight, and in evaluations of scientific organisations. Dr. Rafols serves as Editorial Advisor in the journal Scientometrics. His research work has been published in Research Policy, Scientometrics, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and so forth. Dr. Rafols started his career in physics then pursues a specialisation in statistical physics and complex systems which eventually led him to conduct research in cell and developmental biology combining experimental approaches and mathematical modelling (PhD, Tohoku Univ). Afterwards, he came to SPRU to undertake an MS in Science and Technology Policy and shortly after joined the faculty. Since 2012, he became a research fellow at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). He was awarded an EU postdoctoral Marie Curie fellowship and Ramon y Cajal Fellowship.

 

March 18, 2014:

The 19th Policy Platform Seminar

Scientists International Mobility: Impact on Performance and Networks - Evidence for 16 Countries Based on the GlobSci Survey

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014, 15:00 – 16:30

Venue: School of Law Bldg., 2F 204, The University of Tokyo

Speaker: Prof. Giuseppe Scellato, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Abstract: The research group of Prof. Scellato has conducted Global Science Project (funded by the US National Bureau of Economic Research and the Italian Government) since 2011, which aims at improving our understanding on the international mobility of scientists, their networking and team composition. The project involved a large survey that produced over 19 thousand responses from scientists in 16 countries (Japan, US, etc.). At the present time it represents the most comprehensive survey of international mobility. Based on extensive analyses from the rich data, Prof. Scellato reports some key findings, including the variation in the immigration and emigration patterns across 16 countries, determinants of international mobility, impact on scientific performance, and collaboration patterns of mobile and immobile scientists, and discusses policy implications.

References: Foreign-born scientists: mobility patterns for 16 countries. Nature Biotech, 30: 1250-3, 2012.

Choice of Country by the Foreign Born for PhD and Postdoctoral Study: A Sixteen-Country Perspective. NBER Working paper, 2013.

Migrant Scientists and International Networks. Research Policy (forthcoming).

The mover’s advantage: The superior performance of migrant scientists. Economic Letters, 122: 89–93, 2014.

Bio: Prof. Giuseppe Scellato holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is assistant professor at the Politecnico di Torino, where he teaches financial accounting and corporate finance at graduate level, and economics and management of innovation at post-graduate level. Since 2008 he is also research affiliate of the Bureau of Research in Innovation Complexity and Knowledge at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin. His main research interests include economics and management of innovation, the economic analysis of intellectual property rights and the economics of science. These themes are investigated both theoretically and with micro econometric techniques. His recent scientific works have appeared in leading international journals, including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Research Policy, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Research, Cambridge Journal of Economics.

 

March 17, 2014:

The book Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap has just been published by Springer. I have contributed with my colleagues in Europe, Asia, and North America a chapter on dissipation and recycling of phosphorus with implications for establishing platforms for stakeholder collaboration in promoting sustainability innovation at the global scale.

Yarime, Masaru, Cynthia Carliell-Marquet, Deborah T. Hellums, Yuliya Kalmykova, Daniel J. Lang, Quang Bao Le, Dianne Malley, Kazuyo Matsubae, Makiko Matsuo, Hisao Ohtake, Alan Omlin, Sebastian Petzet, Roland W. Scholz, Hideaki Shiroyama, Andrea E. Ulrich, and Paul Watts, "Dissipation and Recycling: What Losses, What Dissipation Impacts, and What Recycling Options?" in Roland W. Scholz, Amit H. Roy, Fridolin S. Brand, Debbie T. Hellums, and Andrea E. Ulrich, eds., Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap, Dordrecht: Springer, 247-274 (2014).

 

March 16, 2014:

Our paper on examining the methodologies for sustainability assessment tools at higher education institutions has been listed as one of the Most-Read Articles published in the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development.

Yarime, Masaru, and Yuko Tanaka, "The Issues and Methodologies in Sustainability Assessment Tools for Higher Education Institutions: A Review of Recent Trends and Future Challenges," Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 6 (1), 63-77 (2012).

 

March 10, 2014:

The First Symposium on Sustainable Use and Management of Phosphorus was held on Monday, March 10 at the University of Tokyo. Following presentations by experts on global food production, material flow analysis, and agricultural resource management, I facilitated discussions in the final session with more than 300 participants from academia, industry, government, media, and civil society on future actions and innovations for sustainable use and management of phosphorus through platform creation.

 

March 9, 2014:

I have just finished reviewing a research proposal submitted for the Research Talent Programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in a request from the Board of NWO Social Sciences. It is a very fruitful experience to act as a peer-reviewer of an excellent proposal made by a prominent researcher.

 

March 7, 2014:

Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference is being held on March 5-8 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in United States. This conference brings together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels to address the interconnections among the issues of water, food, climate, and energy for developing integrated solutions. I discussed the potential and challenges of the concept of natural capital in addressing the nexus of water, energy, and climate, with some cases of best practice in the financial sector.

Yarime, Masaru, "Natural Capital Evaluation for Addressing the Nexus of Water, Energy, and Climate: Best Practices in the Financial Sector," Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, March 5-8 (2014).

 

March 6, 2014:

Our paper on the impact of access to financial services on microcredit clients, institutions, and urban sustainability has been published by the African Development Bank. The study is based on a detailed statistical analysis of the field survey conducted at the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Microcredit for the Development of the Bottom of the Pyramid Segment: Impact of Access to Financial Services on Microcredit Clients, Institutions and Urban Sustainability," Working Paper Series 199, African Development Bank (2014).

 

March 5, 2014:

Workshop on the Visualization of Public Communications was held at the University of Tokyo, with Professor Roland W. Scholz of the Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS in Germany. We presented the findings of our research examining the challenges in the diffusion of recycled phosphorus from sewage systems in Japan. This research has been conducted in close collaboration with the Global Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management (TraPs) project, in which I'm working as the Node Leader for Dissipation and Recycling from Science, along with my colleague from Industry.

Yarime, Masaru, Makiko Matsuo, and Hideaki Shiroyama, "Challenges in the Diffusion of Recycled Phosphorus from Sewage Systems in Japan," Workshop on the Visualization of Public Communications, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 5 (2014).

 

March 4, 2014:

The 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance will be held on July 1-3 at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. More than 400 abstracts were submitted by researchers in 40 countries to the International Review Panel, on which I served as one of the independent reviewers, addressing broadly the two main themes, Access and Allocation of Resources (Water, Food, Energy, Health and Wellbeing, Forests and Carbon Rights) and Transformative Pathways to Sustainability.

 

March 3, 2014:

A case study was conducted with my colleagues on emerging practices of phosphorus recycling from sewage systems in Japan, based on a comparative analysis of problem recognition by the relevant stakeholders in different sectors. Our paper reporting the results of the study has just been accepted for publication in the journal Sociotechnica.

Sato, Jun, Toshihide Sato, Yuji Nakagawa, Sho Hayashi, Sho Matsumoto, Hideaki Shiroyama, Makiko Matsuo, and Masaru Yarime, "Challenges in the Diffusion of Recycled Phosphorus from Sewage Systems in Japan" (in Japanese), Sociotechnica, forthcoming.

 

March 2, 2014:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 43 on Friday, March 14 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Mélanie Despeisse of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge will discuss the potential and challenges of university-industry collaboration to support sustainable industrial systems, focusing on the reuse, recovery and recycling of end-of-life vehicles. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 43

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014, 16:00-17:30

Venue: Meeting Room 610, Sixth Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Collaboration Research to Support Sustainable Industrial Systems: The Case of End-of-Life Vehicles

Speaker: Dr. Mélanie Despeisse, Lead Researcher, Centre for Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Abstract: The global industrial system is faced with a great challenge: by 2050, it must double its output while only using 50% of current resources and reducing by 80% greenhouse gas emissions. The EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability has identified three specific and connected waves of change (or Grand Challenges) to address this challenge: Eco-efficiency, Eco-factories and a Sustainable Industrial Systems. The centre works collaboratively with industrial partners to organise and run the research that is needed to allow industry to smoothly ride these waves. In this presentation, we will discuss the reuse, recovery and recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles as a practical example of Sustainable Industrial Systems.

Bio: Mélanie Despeisse graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Technologies de l'Ingénieur de Nancy (France) with an Engineering degree in Industry and Environment, from Chalmers University (Sweden) with a Master's degree in Industrial Ecology, and from Cranfield University (England) with an MSc by Research and a PhD in Sustainable Manufacturing. She has over 4 years of experience in Sustainable Manufacturing, Industrial Ecology and related subjects. Mélanie currently works for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability. Her research interests focus mainly on the relationship between industry and environmental sustainability at various scales.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

February 28, 2014:

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, which is jointly organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative have launched the process for the Financial Sector Guidance for Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting. As a member of the Technical Working Group on GHG Risk Management, I participated in the kick-off meeting to develop a practical conceptual framework to help financial institutions and investors better understand, assess and manage potential financial risk associated with carbon assets.

 

February 25, 2014:

Our paper analyzing the emerging university function of co-creating sustainability through collaboration with stakeholders in society has been selected as one of the Most-Read Articles published in the journal Science and Public Policy.

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, Kes McCormick, Christopher Doll, and Steven Kraines, "Beyond the third mission: Exploring the emerging university function of co-creation for sustainability," Science and Public Policy, 10.1093/scipol/sct044 (2013).

 

February 24, 2014:

First China-Japan (CAS-JST) Workshop on New Environmentally Sustainable Systems for Japan and China was held on February 21-22 at the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Xiamen, China. Jointly organized by CAS and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), this workshop initiated collaborative efforts for address urban sustainability by integrating science, technology, and policy making. I discussed the role of stakeholder involvement in promoting sustainability innovation with potentials and challenges in collaboration between Japan and China for urban sustainability.

Yarime, Masaru, "Governance for Sustainability Innovation: Potentials of Japan-China Collaboration," First China-Japan (CAS-JST) Workshop on New Environmentally Sustainable Systems for Japan and China, jointly organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Institute of Urban Environment, CAS, Xiamen, China, February 21-22 (2014).

 

February 17, 2014:

I had a meeting with Mr. John King, Director of Clean Energy and Power Technology at the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Monday, February 17. As Austin is rapidly attracting new energy businesses and capital from around the country, the Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront of new initiatives for supporting entrepreneurs and innovators, trying to establish the city as a hub for clean energy technologies and services.

 

February 17, 2014:

Clean TX Forum on the Commercial Building Retrofit Market and Taking Advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) was held on Monday, February 17 at the University of Texas at Austin. Organized by CleanTX, a clean energy cluster development group headquartered in Austin, Texas, the meeting facilitated presentations and discussions on the current trends and challenges in emerging markets on energy efficiency technologies and services in Texas. With active participations from academia, business, and government, this kind of forum could be a model for promoting stakeholder collaboration on sustainability innovation.

 

February 14, 2014:

I had a meeting with Professor Thomas Edgar, Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday, February 14. At a university that has long been involved in conducting research on energy technologies, the Pecan Street project functions as a catalyst to effectively integrate human, financial, and organizational resources on education, research, and societal contribution for sustainable energy, which increasingly requires cross-sectoral and inter-/trans-disciplinary collaboration.

 

February 13, 2014:

On Thursday, February 13 I also had a discussion with Mr. Brewster McCracken, President and CEO of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin. Through collaboration with the City of Austin, Austin Energy, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Technology Incubator, Environmental Defense Fund, and the University of Texas at Austin, this research and development organization has been focusing on developing and testing new technology, business model and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems with member companies in industry.

 

February 13, 2014:

I made a visit to the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) on Thursday, February 13 to discuss with Mr. Isaac Barchas, Director of ATI, the role of the technology incubator in promoting clean energy innovation. In Austin, Texas, where research on energy has been actively pursued, the Pecan Street project is considered to establish a platform that would fulfill a similar function as what SEMATECH did for the semiconductor industry so that the clean technology industry will be promoted through university-industry-government collaboration.

 

February 12, 2014:

On Wednesday, February 12 I visited Austin Energy in Texas, Untied States to learn how the utility company has been engaged in the Pecan Street Project, a smart grid research project that began in Austin in 2008 as a community collaboration. We discussed how the utility plays an important role in such an innovative initiative based on close collaboration with stakeholders and what the company is hoping to achieve through the research and development at the project. One of the crucial issues is to establish trust in the utility among end users, which would make it easier for them to feel that they take control of themselves with novel advanced technologies such as smart meters.

 

February 12, 2014:

The Workshop on Postcards from the Future: Implications of Big Data for Science and Society will be organized on Saturday, February 15 at the Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Tokyo. Working with experts from academia, industry, government, and civil society in Japan and overseas, the participants will explore the meanings and impacts of accelerating availability and accessibility of various types of data for strategic decision making and implementation on science, technology, and innovation governance.

 

February 2, 2014:

On Sunday, February 2 I visited the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates, following the signing of the academic cooperation agreement with the University of Tokyo just one week ago. I discussed with the faculty members of the Department of Engineering Systems and Management, where research and educational activities center around creation and implementation of innovation in fields related to sustainability, with a particular focus on energy, water, and food, to explore potentials and opportunities for complementaries between different innovation systems.

 

February 1, 2014:

On Friday, January 31 I had a very fruitful discussion with Mr. Tomoo Machiba, Senior Programme Officer on Knowledge Management of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). As the potential of various types of renewable energy has been increasingly explored across the globe, IRENA could play a crucial role in facilitating knowledge creation and dissemination, taking into account the diversity and specificity of local conditions and contexts.

 

January 30, 2014:

The First Symposium on Sustainable Use and Management of Phosphorus will be held on Monday, March 10 at the University of Tokyo. I will chair the final session to facilitate discussions with all the participants from academia, industry, and the public sector on possible actions for sustainable use and management of phosphorus in the future.

 

January 29, 2014:

I had an opportunity to visit the Doha-based broadcasting station Al Jazeera to meet some of the production members, including journalists and experts with diverse international backgrounds. Since the Arab Spring, this broadcasting station has promoted its importance globally, with its extensive coverage of what has been happening in the Middle East.

 

January 28, 2014:

International Sustainable Built Environment Conference (ISBE) is being held on January 28-30 in Doha, Qatar. I presented a paper with Randa Ziadeh Bushnaq on the analysis of the role of government mandate on green buildings in Dubai from a multi-stakeholder perspective. As the Gulf region has recently been experiencing a rapid growth, it would be critically important to examine the factors promoting the design and implementation of sustainable buildings, by coordinating appropriate incentives to relevant stakeholders, including developers, contractors, consultants, suppliers, and building owners.

Ziadeh, Randa, and Masaru Yarime, "Mandating Green Buildings in Dubai: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective," International Sustainable Built Environment Conference (ISBE), Doha, Qatar, January 28-30 (2014).

 

January 27, 2014:

On Monday, January 27 I had a meeting with HE Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Doha, Qatar, together with Mr. Mohammed Al Riyami, Head of Energy and Gas Market Analysis Department. We discussed potential impacts of global agenda on sustainability, including climate change and sustainable development goals (SDGs), as well as emerging innovations such as smart grid systems on future development of gas markets across the world.

 

January 26, 2014:

The Ninth Meeting of the University-Industry-Government Strategic Council for the Security and Management of Phosphorus Resources was organized on Friday, January 24 in Tokyo by the Committee for the Promotion of Phosphorus Resources Recycling, on which I'm serving as one of the Executive Secretaries. I introduced key ideas and concepts in the Future Earth project and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discussed their implications for promoting phosphorus resources recycling through collaboration between stakeholders in academia, industry, and the public sector.

Yarime, Masaru, "Science, Technology, and Innovation in the Future Earth and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Implications for Phosphorus Resources Recycling," Ninth Meeting of the University-Industry-Government Strategic Council for the Security and Management of Phosphorus Resources, Committee for the Promotion of Phosphorus Resources Recycling, Tokyo, January 24 (2014).

 

January 23, 2014:

The Second Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance will be held on November 27, 2014 at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Serving on the scientific committee of the conference, I would like to encourage submission of research papers, which will be accepted until May 30, 2014.

 

January 21, 2014:

Since 2013 I have been serving as Chair on the Natural Capital Working Group, receiving support from Trust Sixty Foundation. With the secretariat established at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, this working group is facilitating discussions on theoretical as well as practical dimensions of natural capital at different levels and their implications for corporate strategy, public policy, and institutional design with leading researchers and experts in academia, industry, and government. We expect to make proposals for promoting better understanding of the concept of natural capital and its implementation in various sectors in society.

 

January 18, 2014:

A public symposium on Possible Futures for Japan will be held on January 31, 2014 at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. The outcome of this research project, which has been supported by the United States Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), will be published by New York University Press in 2014. In my chapter I discussed the historical development of Japanese science and technology for its possible transformation to meet societal challenges.

Yarime, Masaru, "Transforming Japanese Science and Technology to Meet Societal Challenges," in Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin, eds., Possible Futures for Japan, New York: New York University Press, forthcoming.

 

January 17, 2014:

The book Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap will be published soon by Springer. I have contributed with my colleagues a chapter on dissipation and recycling of phosphorus with implications for establishing platforms for stakeholder collaboration in promoting sustainability innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, Cynthia Carliell-Marquet, Deborah T. Hellums, Yuliya Kalmykova, Daniel J. Lang, Quang Bao Le, Dianne Malley, Kazuyo Matsubae, Makiko Matsuo, Hisao Ohtake, Alan Omlin, Sebastian Petzet, Roland W. Scholz, Hideaki Shiroyama, Andrea E. Ulrich, and Paul Watts, "Dissipation and Recycling: What Losses, What Dissipation Impacts, and What Recycling Options?" in Roland W. Scholz, Amit H. Roy, Fridolin S. Brand, Debbie T. Hellums, and Andrea E. Ulrich, eds., Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap, Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.

 

January 14, 2014:

United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) Japan Group organized a meeting on January 14 in Tokyo to report the outcomes of the series of workshops and meeting, including the UNEP FI Global Roundtable 2013, held during the Sustainable Finance Week in November 2013 in Beijing, where I made a presentation at the Workshop on the Natural Capital Declaration: From Awareness to Implementation - Moving towards systematic inclusion of natural capital in financial products across asset classes. I introduced the findings of the Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis (E-RISC) project, in which I have been participating as one of the Advisory Committee Members, and the Natural Capital Working Group chaired by myself and discussed some of the implications for future opportunities and challenges, particularly the possibility of utilizing the latest scientific data and knowledge through more close collaboration with scientists and technical experts in academia.

Yarime, Masaru, "Opportunities and Challenges in UNEP FI Projects and Activities: Implications for Utilizing Scientific Data and Knowledge through Collaboration with Scientists and Technological Experts," United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) Japan Group Meeting, Daiwa Securities, Tokyo, January 14 (2014).

 

January 11, 2014:

I have joined the Technical Working Group 5: Carbon Asset Risk for the Financial Sector Guidance for Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting. The guidance is currently under development with Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, which is jointly organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative for the financial sector to account for GHG emissions associated with lending and investment portfolios.

 

January 10, 2014:

I have just received an invitation for my appointment as Honorary Reader from the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL). My contribution would be expected to the development of education and research programs and organization of lectures, seminars, and workshops on science, technology, and innovation policy and governance from an international perspective.

 

January 8, 2014:

On Wednesday, January 8 I gave a special lecture on regulatory science at the Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) of the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. I reviewed previous studies on the mechanisms and impacts of regulatory, management, and governance approaches to innovation and discussed their implications for public policy, corporate strategy, and institutional design in promoting sustainability innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Regulatory, Management, and Governance Approaches to Sustainability Innovation," Special Lecture on Regulatory Science, Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, January 8 (2014).

 

January 2, 2014:

The following paper discussing the obstacles of dual accountability and communicative asymmetry in achieving reflexive governance in development assistance has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice.

Karlsson, Martin, and Masaru Yarime, "Reflexivity in Development Assistance: The Obstacles of Dual Accountability and Communicative Asymmetry in Achieving Reflexive Governance," International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, forthcoming.

 

December 31, 2013:

Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development is expected to be published next year. Our chapter will discuss integration of sustainability science and education for sustainable development at universities from a global perspective.

Mochizuki, Yoko, and Masaru Yarime, "Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainability Science: Re-purposing Higher Education and Research," in Matthias Barth, Gerd Michelsen, Marco Rieckmann, and Ian Thomas, eds., Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development, London: Routledge, forthcoming.

 

December 31, 2013:

Our article on innovation path creation through co-evolution of supply and demand in the emergence of hybrid-electric cars has been listed in Top 25 Hottest Articles published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Dijk, Marc, and Masaru Yarime, "The Emergence of Hybrid-Electric Cars: Innovation Path Creation through Co-Evolution of Supply and Demand," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 (8), 1371-1390 (2010).

 

December 30, 2013:

Our article on managing a transition to sustainability in Indonesia has been included in Top 25 Hottest Articles, the list of the 25 most frequently downloaded articles (July to September 2013) published in the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

Jupesta, Joni, Rizaldi Boer, Govindan Parayil, Yuko Harayama, Masaru Yarime, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, and Suneetha M. Subramanian, "Managing the Transition to Sustainability in an Emerging Economy: Evaluating Green Growth Policies in Indonesia," Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 1 (2), 187-191 (2011).

 

December 29, 2013:

The University of Tokyo has recently started the Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), led by the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) with a university-wide support and cooperation. Currently I'm supervising a doctoral research project on university-industry collaboration for innovation in science parks in China.

 

December 28, 2013:

Our paper on the diversity of human capital as a driver for promoting corporate responsibility in the luxury industry will be published in Sustainable Luxury: Managing Social and Environmental Performance in Iconic Brands, a forthcoming book in June 2014.

Gomes, Catarina, and Masaru Yarime, "Diversity of Human Capital as a Driver for Corporate Responsibility Engagement: The Case of the Luxury Industry," in Miguel Angel Gardetti and Ana Laura Torres, eds., Sustainable Luxury: Managing Social and Environmental Performance in Iconic Brands, Sheffield, United Kingdom: Greenleaf Publishing, forthcoming.

 

December 27, 2013:

A workshop on social innovation was held on Friday, December 27, organized by Professor UETA Kazuhiro of the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University. Our project is aimed at contributing case studies of social innovation across the globe to the Center of Innovation S&T-based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM) supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). I discussed a systemic approach to analyzing social innovation focusing on its structure, functions, and dynamics.

Yarime, Masaru, "A Systemic Approach to Analyzing Social Innovation: Structure, Functions, and Dynamics," Workshop on Social Innovation for the Center of Innovation S&T-based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM) supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, December 27 (2013).

 

December 25, 2013:

I sent my review of a paper submitted for the Journal of Cleaner Production.

 

December 22, 2013:

Environmental & Resource Economics Workshop 23 was held on Friday, December 20, at Tohoku University, organized by Professor Managi Shunsuke of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies. I examined recent approaches to understanding the sustainability of natural-social systems and their implications for the governance of innovation for sustainability.

Yarime, Masaru, "Governance of Innovation for Sustainability," Environmental & Resource Economics Workshop 23, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, December 20 (2013).

 

December 19, 2013:

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo is currently accepting applications for Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP) starting in October 2014. The application deadline is January 15, 2014.

 

December 16, 2013:

On December 16 I attended the Expert Group Meeting on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development Goals held at Columbia University, organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UN-DESA). The importance and complexity of mobilizing science and technology for sustainable development raise the general question of how S&T should be incorporated in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the questions we discussed in the meeting include whether there should be a separate S&T goal and whether technology transfer and diffusion should figure directly in the statement of the new SDGs.

 

December 14, 2013:

I attended the Sixth Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on December 13. Among the issues discussed in this session was Science, Technology, and Innovation, Knowledge Sharing, and Capacity Building. A particular consideration was given to ensuring and expanding open access to knowledge and information and promoting capabilities for data collection and statistical analysis.

 

December 13, 2013:

Our posters are presented at Eco Products 2013 held on December 12-14 at Tokyo Big Sight, with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and the Ecosystem Conservation Society Japan.

Yarime, Masaru, and Kaori Nomura, "UNEP FI E-RISC Project: Integrating Ecological Risks into Sovereign Credit Risk Assessment," Eco Products 2013, Tokyo, Japan, December 12-14 (2013).

Kharrazi, Ali, and Masaru Yarime, "Towards Quantitative Assessment of Sustainability: An Application of Ecological Information-Based Approach to Resource Networks," Eco Products 2013, Tokyo, Japan, December 12-14 (2013).

 

December 12, 2013:

Special Seminar on Natural Capital: Global Trends in Natural Capital and Leading Initiatives in Japan was held on Thursday, December 12 at Eco Products 2013 in Tokyo, organized by the Natural Capital Working Group, for which I have been serving as Chair, in collaboration with Trust Sixty Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) based in Geneva, Switzerland. I made a keynote speech on the historical backgrounds on the increasing importance of natural capital at international organizations and the latest trends in leading initiatives in the public as well as private sectors across the globe.

Yarime, Masaru, "Why Natural Capital Matters - Global Trends," Keynote Speech, Special Seminar on Natural Capital: Global Trends in Natural Capital and Leading Initiatives in Japan, Eco Products 2013, Tokyo, Japan, December 12 (2013).

With leading experts and practitioners in academia, industry, government, and civil society organizations, we discussed current challenges in introducing and implementing the concept of natural capital in various sectors, including the availability and reliability of necessary data, development of appropriate methodologies, creation of needs and demands, and establishment of favorable institutional conditions, which will be crucial in incorporating the idea of natural capital into mainstream business activities and strategies.

 

December 7, 2013:

The Fifth Academic Workshop on Systems Innovation was held on December 6-7 at the University of Tokyo with the main theme of the Power of Networks. It was jointly organized by the Department of Systems Innovation and Resilience Engineering Research Center, where I'm working as Adjunct Research Fellow. I discussed possibilities of a network approach to examining sustainability with its implications for designing and implementing a sustainable governance of innovation systems.

Yarime, Masaru, "A Network Approach to Understanding Sustainability: Implications for the Governance of Innovation Systems," Fifth Academic Workshop on Systems Innovation: Power of Networks, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, December 6-7 (2013).

 

December 3, 2013:

Our paper on an analysis of the mechanism of creating innovation by Pasteur-type scientists through close collaboration with industry on photocatalyst has been published in a special issue of Hitotsubashi Business Review on university-industry collaboration.

Baba, Yasunori, Naohiro Shichijo, and Masaru Yarime, "Challenges of Pasteur-Type Scientists for Innovation: A Case of Photocatalyst" (in Japanese), Hitotsubashi Business Review, 61 (3), 6-20 (2013).

 

November 30, 2013:

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for Bioethics is taking place on November 30 - December 1 at the University of Tokyo. In Session on the Governance System for Sustainable Development of Life Science, I made an introduction to recent trends in public policies and institutions concerning science, technology, and innovation to draw implications for establishing a governance system for sustainability innovation. There were stimulating discussions on how the public sector can intervene for regulating science and technology that can be used for "dual uses," which is also linked to the issue of how to assess the value of science and technology.

Yarime, Masaru, "Governance for Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Session on the Governance System for Sustainable Development of Life Science, 25th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for Bioethics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, November 30 (2013).

 

November 30, 2013:

I gave a special lecture on theories and practices of sustainability innovation on Saturday, November 30 at the Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS) of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Yarime, Masaru, "Theories and Practices of Sustainability Innovation," Special Lecture, Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries, Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, November 30 (2013).

 

November 27, 2013:

The Second Marketing Conference 2013 was held on Sunday, November 10 in Tokyo, organized by the Japan Marketing Academy. Our paper co-authored with KUMAZAWA Taku was presented on an analysis of crowd funding from a perspective of the community-based governance mechanism.

Kumazawa, Taku, and Masaru Yarime, "Transformation of the Paradigm of Marketing Induced by Crowd Funding: An Analysis of the Community-Based Governance Mechanism" (in Japanese), Second Marketing Conference 2013, Waseda University, Tokyo, November 10 (2013).

 

November 27, 2013:

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for Bioethics will be held on November 30 - December 1 at the University of Tokyo. In Session on the Governance System for Sustainable Development of Life Science, I will examine recent trends in public policies and institutions concerning science, technology, and innovation and discuss possibilities and challenges in establishing a governance system for sustainability innovation.

 

November 26, 2013:

The Fifth Academic Workshop on Systems Innovation will be held on December 6-7 at the University of Tokyo, jointly organized by the Department of Systems Innovation and Resilience Engineering Research Center, which I have recently joined as Adjunct Research Fellow. As the main theme of the workshop deals with the power of network, I will discuss a network approach to examining sustainability and its implications for the governance of innovation systems.

 

November 24, 2013:

I have joined as a member of the Evaluation Committee the project on the Social Experimental Research on Deliberation for Experts and Citizens on the Risk of Earthquake and Tsunami to Nuclear Facilities and the Risk of Radioactivity to Health, supported by the Basic and Fundamental Strategic Research Initiative on Nuclear Energy of the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology (MEXT). As a part of the project, Expert Forum on the Risk of Earthquake and Tsunami to Nuclear Facilities was organized on Saturday, November 23 at the University of Tokyo, with experts on the design of nuclear facilities and geotechnical assessment of risk of earthquake and tsunami discussing frankly technical, organizational, and institutional challenges and implications for the future.

 

November 18, 2013:

I have joined the Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM) led by the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo. This program has bee selected as one of the Programs for Leading Graduate Schools by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). A new doctoral program is expected to start at GraSPP in 2015, in cooperation with other affiliate schools and departments in the university.

 

November 16, 2013:

Our paper examining the diversity of human capital as a driver for promoting corporate responsibility through a case study of the luxury industry has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming book, Sustainable Luxury, by Greenleaf Publishing in the UK.

Gomes, Catarina, and Masaru Yarime, "Diversity of Human Capital as a Driver for Corporate Responsibility Engagement: The Case of the Luxury Industry," in Ana Laura Torres and Miguel Angel Gardetti, eds., Sustainable Luxury, Sheffield, United Kingdom: Greenleaf Publishing, forthcoming.

 

November 11, 2013:

United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) is organizing various meetings on issues related to sustainability and fiance in the Sustainable Finance Week on November 10-15 in Beijing, China. Workshop on the Natural Capital Declaration: From Awareness to Implementation - Moving towards systematic inclusion of natural capital in financial products across asset classes was held on November 11. In Session on NCD in Practice: Hardwiring natural capital in finance, I presented the best practice of natural capital evaluation in banking and regional development in Japan for discussion with experts in financial institutions and international organizations.

Yarime, Masaru, "Practice of Natural Capital Evaluation in Environmental Rating Loans and Regional Development in Japan," Workshop on the Natural Capital Declaration: From Awareness to Implementation - Moving towards systematic inclusion of natural capital in financial products across asset classes, United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) Sustainability Finance Week, Beijing, China, November 11 (2013).

 

November 9, 2013:

Our paper on the emerging function of universities to collaborate for sustainability with stakeholders in society has been ranked as one of the Most-Read Articles published in the journal Science and Public Policy.

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, Kes McCormick, Christopher Doll, and Steven Kraines, "Beyond the third mission: Exploring the emerging university function of co-creation for sustainability," Science and Public Policy, 10.1093/scipol/sct044 (2013).

 

November 8, 2013:

Our paper on examining various methodologies for quantification of sustainability, including ecological footprint and ecological information-based approaches, has been published in the journal Ecological Indicators.

Kharrazi, Ali, Steven Kraines, Lan Hoang, and Masaru Yarime, "Advancing quantification methods of sustainability: A critical examination of emergy, exergy, ecological footprint, and ecological information-based approaches," Ecological Indicators, 37, 81–89 (2014).

 

November 7, 2013:

On Wednesday, November 6 I received a visit from Ms. Geneviève Ferone, a French business expert specialized in socially responsible investing, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development, with Ms. Marjorie Hamelin. Ms. Ferone is a Board Member of the Chirac Foundation and Vice Chair of the Shift Project, which is aimed at promoting sustainable economy incorporating latest scientific findings and best practices of business. We discussed leading cases of innovation in Japanese industries including the automotive sector and policy initiatives to promote sustainability in the fields of energy, water, and food. She plans to publish her fifth book on Japanese green excellence in 2014.

 

November 7, 2013:

We organized the 13th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar on Technology Transfer in U.S. Universities: Policies and Practices by Professor John P. Walsh, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States on Wednesday, November 6 at the Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) program at the University of Tokyo. He presented the findings of research on recent policy shifts encouraging technology transfer in the U.S. and practices of technology transfer at research-intensive universities, including licensing, patenting, and technology transfer office (TTO) staffing. Leading U.S. universities, such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, generated statement of best practices in order to ensure universities fulfill their public interest mission while still encouraging technology transfer and development.

 

November 1, 2013:

Sustainable Finance Week will be held on November 10-15 in Beijing, China. A series of meetings will be organized by the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), including the Global Roundtable. At Session on the Natural Capital Declaration: Material for all Asset-Classes - How to move towards a more systematic inclusion in loans, bonds, equities and insurance? on November 11, I will present the best practice of natural capital evaluation in banking and regional development in Japan for discussion with experts in financial institutions and international organizations.

 

October 30, 2013:

On Wednesday, October 30 we organized at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) a special lecture by Professor HARAYAMA Yuko of the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government. Introducing the Comprehensive Strategy on Science, Technology, and Innovation, which was adopted by the Japanese government in June this year, she discussed the actual process of policy making from design to implementation, incorporating and influenced by diverse perspectives and interests of stakeholders.

 

October 29, 2013:

Dr. Ali Kharrazi, who successfully completed his Ph.D. in Sustainability Science under my supervision at the University of Tokyo in September this year, has been awarded as Green Talents 2013 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

 

October 28, 2013:

Special Seminar on Natural Capital will be held on Thursday, December 12 at Eco Products 2013 in Tokyo, organized by the Natural Capital Working Group in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Trust 60 Foundation. I will discuss the latest trends in leading initiatives on natural capitals across the globe with other experts and practitioners participating from academia, industry, government, and civil society organizations.

Special Seminar on Natural Capital at Eco Products 2013: Global Trends in Natural Capital and Leading Initiatives in Japan

Date: December 12, 2013, 10:00-12:00

Venue: Room 102, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan

Organizers: Natural Capital Working Group, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) and Trust 60 Foundation

Keynote Speech: "Why Natural Capital Matters - Global Trends," YARIME Masaru, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo

Presentations 1: "Beyond GDP and Natural Capital," SATO Masahiro, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

Presentation 2: "Evaluation of Natural Capital at Shimokawa-cho, Hokkaido," KASUGA Takashi, Shimokawa-cho Government, Hokkaido

Presentation 3: "Natural Capital and Corporate Management Risk," KANAI Tsukasa, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Tokyo

Panel Discussion: "Economic Evaluation: Evaluation of Nature in Land Use," HATTORI Toru, CEPA Japan; "Land Ownership: Legal Challenges in Natural Capital and Land," YOSHIHARA Shoko, Tokyo Foundation; and "Ecological Conservation: Green Infrastructure and Brown Infrastructure," SEKI Takeshi, Ecosystem Conservation Society Japan

 

October 25, 2013:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 42 on Friday, November 8 at 16:30 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Rakhyun E. Kim of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) will discuss his pioneering approach to network analysis for understanding the dynamics of international environmental law as a complex adaptive system. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 42

Date: Friday, November 8, 16:30-18:00

Venue: Meeting Room 610, Sixth Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: How Is Network Analysis Useful in Understanding the Dynamics of International Environmental Law?

Speaker: Rakhyun E. Kim, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Yokohama, Japan

Abstract: The network perspective has become a useful way of studying a wide range of complex systems. Network analysis uncovers the underlying system architecture by reducing the system to an abstract structure capturing only the basics of connection patterns between its components. The patterns are then treated as mathematical objects and analysed with network metrics such as centrality and modularity. Such an analysis, if done over time, helps us to understand the dynamics on and of the network, and the interactions between the two dynamics. In this presentation, I will discuss one way in which network analysis has been useful in understanding international environmental law as a self-organizing system. In a recent study, I revealed and characterized the evolving structure of the web of international environmental treaty law. The structure was approximated using 1001 cross-references among 747 multilateral environmental agreements concluded from 1857 to 2012. Known network analysis measures were used to answer the following questions: has a complex system of international environmental treaty law emerged? If so when, and what does it look like? What are its topological properties? To what extent is the institutional complex fragmented? After presenting key empirical findings, I will conclude by outlining future research plans for further enhancing our understanding of the dynamics of international environmental law as a complex adaptive system.

Kim, Rakhyun E., "The emergent network structure of the multilateral environmental agreement system," Global Environmental Change (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.07.006

Biography: Rakhyun E. Kim has recently joined the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) as a Postdoctoral Fellow after completing a PhD in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. His research can be characterized as an interdisciplinary research at the interface between international environmental law and Earth system science from a complex adaptive systems perspective. Rak has a number of publications on international environmental law and governance, which appeared in the journals such as Global Environmental Change, International Environmental Agreements, Transnational Environmental Law, and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law. In 2013, Rak received the inaugural Oran R. Young Prize for his research on the emergent network structure of the multilateral environmental agreement system. Rak has professional affiliations with a number of other institutes including the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (an Associate Fellow), the Earth System Governance Project (a Research Fellow), and the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (a member of the steering committee of its Group of Young Professionals). He holds a Master of Environmental Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland Faculty of Law and a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Auckland School of Environment.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

October 23, 2013:

We organized a special lecture by Professor HASHIMOTO Kazuhito of Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo on science, technology, and innovation policy for the Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) program at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) on Wednesday, October 23. As a member of the Council for Industrial Competitiveness at the Prime Minister's Office, closely involved in the highest level of policy-making processes, he discussed from the perspective of a natural scientist the current challenges in Japan's science, technology, and innovation system, including funding, organizations, and institutional frameworks.

 

October 15, 2013:

Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted and opened for signature at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries held in Minamata and Kumamoto, Japan on October 9-11. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), which has been supporting significant efforts to address the challenges of managing and eliminating the use of mercury, and the World Bank organized the GEF-World Bank Joint Seminar on the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Role of the GEF at the World Bank Tokyo Office on October 4, in which I discussed the possibilities of various approaches to implementing sustainable management of mercury.

Yarime, Masaru, "Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Management of Mercury," World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Joint Seminar on Minamata Convention on Mercury, World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, Tokyo, Japan, October 4 (2013).

 

October 14, 2013:

Our paper on examining the methodologies used in sustainability assessment tools for higher education institutions was listed as one of the Most-Read Articles during September 2013 in the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development.

Yarime, Masaru, and Yuko Tanaka, "The Issues and Methodologies in Sustainability Assessment Tools for Higher Education Institutions: A Review of Recent Trends and Future Challenges," Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 6 (1), 63-77 (2012).

 

October 13, 2013:

Our paper on the innovation path creation for hybrid electric cars through co-evolution of supply and demand was selected as one of the most downloaded articles published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Dijk, Marc, and Masaru Yarime, "The Emergence of Hybrid-Electric Cars: Innovation Path Creation through Co-Evolution of Supply and Demand," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 (8), 1371-1390 (2010).

 

October 12, 2013:

I have contributed a short article on a strategy for higher education institutions to integration education, research, and societal contribution for sustainability to a forthcoming book on commitments and actions for implementing the Rio+20 People's Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education, which has been initiated by COPERNICUS Alliance, European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

Yarime, Masaru, "A Strategy to Integrate Education, Research and Societal Contribution for Sustainability," in COPERNICUS Alliance and Zinaida Fadeeva, eds., Transforming Higher Education Towards Sustainable Development, United Nations University Press, forthcoming.

 

October 11, 2013:

Resilience Engineering Research Center was established in the University of Tokyo in April 2013. I will join the research center as an adjunct research fellow, in exploring academic concepts and methodologies for contributing to moving towards a sustainable society, going beyond the traditional static understanding of resilience mainly in the context of risk management.

 

October 9, 2013:

Our paper on critical examination of quantification methods of sustainability including ecological footprint and ecological information-based approaches has been accepted for publication in the journal Ecological Indicators.

Kharrazi, Ali, Steven Kraines, Ngoc Lan Hoang, and Masaru Yarime, "Advancing Quantification Methods of Sustainability: A Critical Examination of Emergy, Exergy, Ecological Footprint, and Ecological Information-Based Approaches," Ecological Indicators, forthcoming.

 

October 9, 2013:

My Author's Page has been created at Amazon.co.jp.

 

October 8, 2013:

Our paper on a new framework for evaluating and incorporating environmental risk into sovereign credit risk assessment, written with my colleagues at the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) and Global Footprint Network (GFN) based in Geneva, Switzerland, has been published online in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment. This article elaborates the findings of the Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis (E-RISC) project organized by UNEP FI and GFN, to which I contributed as a member of the Advisory Committee.

Hill Clarvis, Margot, Martin Halle, Ivo Mulder, and Masaru Yarime, "Towards a new framework to account for environmental risk in sovereign credit risk analysis," Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, 10.1080/20430795.2013.837810 (2013).

 

October 7, 2013:

Our paper on the mechanism of producing innovation by Pasteur-type scientists in the case of photocatalyst has been accepted for publication in the journal Hitotsubashi Business Review.

Baba, Yasunori, Naohiro Shichijo, and Masaru Yarime, "Challenges of Pasteur-Type Scientists for Innovation: A Case of Photocatalyst" (in Japanese), Hitotsubashi Business Review, forthcoming.

 

October 6, 2013:

Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management led by the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) of the University of Tokyo has been selected as one of the Programs for Leading Graduate Schools by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). A new doctoral program will be created at GraSPP, in cooperation with other schools and departments in the university, and probably will start in April 2015.

 

October 6, 2013:

In Summer Semester 2013 I supervised the following doctoral dissertations and master's theses:

Kharrazi, Ali, "Quantifying the Concept of Sustainability: Holistic Approaches for Intensive and Extensive Dimensions," Doctoral Dissertation (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Examination Committee Members: Mino, Takashi, Yamaji, Eiji, Onuki, Motoharu, Matsuda, Hirotaka, and Iwata, Shuichi), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Omlin, Alan Paul, "Energy Efficiency in Evolutionary Systems: The Jevons' Paradox in Global Marine Shipping," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Onuki, Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Ziadeh, Randa Samih Abdallah, "Mandating Green Building in Dubai: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Nagao, Masafumi), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Pathirana, Shakila Madhushani, "Functions of Stakeholders for Diffusion of Energy Efficiency Technologies in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: A Case Study of the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Onuki, Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Gomes, Catarina Pessanha, "Promoting an Inclusive Work Culture for Innovative Corporate Responsibility Strategies: A Case Study in the Luxury Sector," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Akiyama, Tomohiro), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Tauzin, Guillaume Andrea Jeremie, "Supporting Energy Decision-Making: A Multi-Criteria Analysis of France’s 2025 Electricity Generation Scenarios," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Akiyama, Tomohiro), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Tomozawa, Takanori, "Study on the Effects of University-Industry Collaboration at the Different Stages of the Solar Cell Technology Lifecycle," Doctoral Dissertation (Supervisor: Motohashi, Kazuyuki; Examination Committee Members: Yarime, Masaru, Sakata, Ichiro, Mogi, Gento, and Woolgar, Lee), Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Kim, Onnuri, "The Commons for Collaborative Multi-level Governance: Analyzing the Commons Systems' Role as a Social Learning Arena through the Case of the Contemporary Commons Systems in Seoul, Korea," Master's Thesis (Supervisor: Shiroyama, Hideaki; Co-advisers: Yarime, Masaru, and Matsuura, Masahiro), Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Chiou, Boya, "Very-Low and Lowest-Low Fertility in Asia: Implications of Singlehood and Government Interventions," Research Paper (Supervisor: Shiroyama, Hideaki; Examination Committee Member: Yarime, Masaru), Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, September (2013).

Margallo, Ronald Dizon, "Prospect for the Regulation of the Philippine Financial Sector in the Medium-Term," Research Paper (Supervisor: Shiroyama, Hideaki; Examination Committee Member: Yarime, Masaru), Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, September (2013).

 

October 5, 2013:

I have joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, which focuses on integrating theory about corporate citizenship with management practice.

 

October 4, 2013:

World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Joint Seminar on Minamata Convention on Mercury was held on October 4 at the World Bank Tokyo Office. Mr. Hiroaki Takiguchi, Senior Environmental Specialist on Climate and Chemicals of GEF, introduced the GEF’s role and efforts under the new convention. I also discussed the opportunities and challenges for sustainable management of mercury.

Yarime, Masaru, "Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Management of Mercury," World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Joint Seminar on Minamata Convention on Mercury, World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, Tokyo, Japan, October 4 (2013).

 

September 27, 2013:

Our paper examining the sustaining and marginalizing communities in the process of rural aging has been published in the journal Sustainability Science.

Kudo, Shogo, and Masaru Yarime, "Divergence of the sustaining and marginalizing communities in the process of rural aging: a case study of Yurihonjo-shi, Akita, Japan," Sustainability Science, 8 (4), 491-513 (2013).

 

September 26, 2013:

Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2013 is taking place on September 27-29 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, United States. This conference has become one of the most important meetings for researchers and practitioners working on public policy for science, technology, and innovation in the U.S. and other countries in the world. In Session 5b: Collaboration, Funding and Regional Development, I made a presentation on emerging institutions for encouraging sustainability innovations through establishing university as a platform for collaboration with stakeholders in society.

Yarime, Masaru, "Institutions for Encouraging Sustainability Innovation: University as a Platform for Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration," Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2013, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, September 27-29 (2013).

I also chaired Session 3d: Renewable Energy Policy and S&T in the conference.

 

September 25, 2013:

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury will be held on October 9-11 in Minamata and Kumamoto, in which the convention will be presented for adoption and opened for signature in order to prevent global environmental pollution and health damage caused by mercury. Global Environment Facility (GEF) plays the role of serving as the Financial Mechanism of the Convention, particularly for supporting developing countries.

In this occasion, World Bank and GEF Seminar on Minamata Convention on Mercury will be organized on October 4 at the World Bank Tokyo Office. Mr. Hiroaki Takiguchi, Senior Environmental Specialist on Climate and Chemicals of GEF, will highlight the GEF’s role and efforts under the new convention. I will also make my comments on the opportunities and challenges in addressing global mercury pollution in this seminar. If you are interested in this issue, please join us.

 

September 21, 2013:

The 10th ASIALICS Conference: The Roles of Public Research Institutes and Universities in Asia’s Innovation Systems was held on September 20-21 at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. In Session on Innovation for Sustainable Development, I made a presentation on examining some of the innovation systems recently emerging to address societal challenges by establishing university-stakeholder collaboration.

Yarime, Masaru, "Emerging Innovation Systems to Address Societal Challenges through University-Stakeholder Collaboration," 10th ASIALICS Conference: The Roles of Public Research Institutes and Universities in Asia’s Innovation Systems, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan, September 20-21 (2013).

I also chaired Session on Innovation for Inclusive Development II and worked as the discussant for four presentations made by researchers coming from Singapore, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines.

 

September 19, 2013:

The International Conference on CSR and Corporate Governance is held on September 19-20 in Tokyo. The result of a preliminary analysis of responsible supply chain management for conflict minerals in Japanese companies was presented in Session 2 on CSR of Japanese Companies I.

Shimizu, Tomomi, and Masaru Yarime, "Responsible Supply Chains as Risk Management or Strategic CSR: The Case of Conflict Minerals Management in Japanese Companies," International Conference on CSR and Corporate Governance, jointly organized by the Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS), Humboldt University International CSR Conference (HU CSR), and Japanese German Center Berlin (JDZB), Tokyo, September 19-20 (2013).

I also chaired Session 1 on Business and Local Community/NPO.

 

September 18, 2013:

I chaired the Doctoral Workshop on CSR and Corporate Governance held on September 18 in Tokyo. Participants from more than 10 countries presented their research findings on key issues such as CSR and financial performance, communication strategies, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the effect of shareholders and stakeholders.

 

September 13, 2013:

I have joined the Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST-2015). Our work in this project will evaluate the process and outcomes of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and examine challenges and opportunities in making proposals for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-2015 period.

 

September 4, 2013:

The International Conference on CSR and Corporate Governance will be held in Tokyo on September 19-20, 2013, jointly organized by the Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS), Humboldt University International CSR Conference (HU CSR), and Japanese German Center Berlin (JDZB). I'm working for this conference as a member of the Program Committee. We will discuss potentials and challenges in integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate governance for sustainability from global perspectives. I will also organize a doctoral workshop on September 18, in which doctoral students coming from overseas will present their research findings. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

 

August 31, 2013:

We will organize the Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 41 on Tuesday, September 10 at 17:00-18:30 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Chris Jones of the University of Manchester in the U.K. will discuss recent developments in energy and climate change policy in the U.K. through introducing research activities at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a joint research initiative involving universities in the U.K. and beyond.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 41

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 17:00-18:30

Venue: Meeting Room 610, Sixth Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: The Pursuit of a Very Low Carbon Energy System in the UK: An Introduction to the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester

Speaker: Dr Christopher William Jones, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Abstract: This seminar will present insights into UK energy and climate change policy. It will also discuss the research of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester (Tyndall Manchester) which relates to this. The UK has a legally binding target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% (against 1990 levels) by 2050 (Climate Change Act of 2008). The UK Government has also agreed to adopt, were appropriate, interim emissions budgets that are recommended by the Committee on Climate Change advisory body. In doing so the UK Government has subscribed to the aim of ‘doing its fair share’ to ‘avoid dangerous climate change’ by limiting global mean temperature rise to no greater than 2°C above the pre-industrial average. Tyndall Manchester conducts policy relevant research that tackles the key technical and social challenges associated with the very low carbon energy system needed to achieve these aims. Current Tyndall Manchester projects cover; demand-side energy management, resilience of electricity systems to climate impacts, sustainable bio-energy development, shale gas international shipping emissions, food security and rapid rates of solar PV technology adoption. ‘Tyndall Manchester’ is part of the wider Tyndall Centre, which is spread across the universities of East Anglia (UEA), Newcastle, Oxford, Cardiff, Sussex, Southampton and Fudan (Shanghai).

Biography: Dr Christopher William Jones is a researcher from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. His PhD, ‘utilising nuclear energy for low carbon heating services’ was an interdisciplinary study of the potential to improve the net energy efficiency of new build nuclear power stations in the UK by linking them to district heating networks. His research skills include energy scenario development, energy system analysis with geographic information systems (GIS) software, techno-economic assessment of energy technology pathways, focus groups, stakeholder workshops and interview based qualitative social science. Recent projects include a review of non-nuclear low carbon energy futures for Friends of the Earth and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s ‘Multi-criteria Assessment of Nuclear Sustainability’ (SPRIng). As of 2013 his research focus will move to renewable energy with a project developing and evaluating scenarios for large scale solar PV uptake in the UK.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

August 30, 2013:

The 6th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE 2013) was held on August 29-30 in Oxford, jointly organized by the Technology and Management for Development Centre based in the University of Oxford Department for International Development, National Entrepreneurship Research Center, Tsinghua University, and the Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University. The main theme this year was Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Inclusive and Sustainable Development. I made a presentation on establishing a social business model for sustainability innovation with a case study of solar LED lanterns in Africa.

Yarime, Masaru, "Establishing a Social Business Model for Sustainability Innovation: Stakeholder Collaboration for Introducing Solar LED Lanterns to Africa," 6th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, August 29-30 (2013).

 

August 29, 2013:

I visited the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) in Oxford to discuss the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD), a joint initiative with the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI). By joining NCD, financial institutions including banks, investors and insurance firms have made their commitment to change their business models to reflect the materiality of natural capital for the financial sector. Working groups are currently working on key challenges such as understanding of the impacts and dependencies on natural capital, integration to products, accounting, and reporting.

 

August 28, 2013:

I had a meeting with the Editor of Environment and Sustainability of Routledge-Earthscan in Oxford for possible publication of a Handbook of Sustainability Science, which discusses the key issues and challenges in this rapidly developing field, including academic concepts and methodologies such as natural-social interaction, knowledge systems, and transdisciplinarity, institutionalization involving programs, journals, and societies, and collaboration with stakeholders including business and public policy communities, addressing societal problems with effective and visible impacts.

 

August 27, 2013

I visited the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) of University College London (UCL) to discuss future collaboration for research and education on policy and institutional challenges involving science, technology, and innovation.

 

August 21, 2013:

Our paper on a new framework for evaluating and incorporating environmental risk into sovereign credit risk assessment has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment. This is based on the E-RISC project organized by the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) and Global Footprint Network (GFN), to which I contributed as a member of the Advisory Committee.

Hill, Margot, Martin Halle, Ivo Mulder, and Masaru Yarime, "Towards a New Framework to Account for Environmental Risk in Sovereign Credit Risk Analysis," Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, forthcoming.

 

August 15, 2013:

Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) 2013 was held in Ibadan, Nigeria on August 13-15, organized by the Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV) of the University of Ibadan. Our paper on the impact of financial training on sustainable urban development was presented in this conference, based on a detailed statistical analysis of the field survey conducted at the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mutisya, Emmanuel and Masaru Yarime, "Microfinance for the Urban Bottom of the Pyramid segment in Nairobi's Kibera Slum: Does Financial Training Impact on Sustainable Urban Development?," Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) 2013, Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, August 13-15 (2013).

 

August 12, 2013:

Our paper on the emerging function of universities to collaborate for sustainability with stakeholders in society has just been published online in the academic journal Science and Public Policy.

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, Kes McCormick, Christopher Doll, and Steven Kraines, "Beyond the third mission: Exploring the emerging university function of co-creation for sustainability," Science and Public Policy, 10.1093/scipol/sct044 (2013).

 

August 10, 2013:

Open Seminars on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy: Technological Innovation and Societal Transformation are held on August 3-17 at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. On Saturday, August 10, I discussed the issues of global sustainability innovation by referring to theoretical models, statistical analysis, and case studies in different sectors and countries.

Yarime, Masaru, "Global Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Open Seminars on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy: Technological Innovation and Societal Transformation, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan, August 10 (2013).

 

August 9, 2013:

The latest issue of Nikkei Ecology (September 2013) covers the emerging issue of natural capital, which includes my comments on the importance of active engagement in discussions on incorporating environmental risks into credit rating of sovereign bonds, based on my experience of working on UNEP FI E-RISC project with financial institutions in Europe.

"Learning Natural Capital from Scratch: An Emerging Issue in Environmental Management" (in Japanese), Special Coverage, Nikkei Ecology, 171, 22-35 (2013).

 

August 8, 2013:

The Fourth Japan-China Interdisciplinary Young Scientists' Academic Forum: Contributions of Science and Technology to Planning Green Cities was held on August 7-8 in Beijing, China, jointly organized by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). I discussed how to implement Japan-China partnership to encourage innovation for urban sustainability by analyzing cases of stakeholder collaboration in eco/smart cities in China and other countries.

Yarime, Masaru, "Implementing Japan-China Partnership on Innovation for Urban Sustainability," Fourth Japan-China Interdisciplinary Young Scientists' Academic Forum: Contributions of Science and Technology to Planning Green Cities, Beijing, China, August 7-8 (2013).

 

August 5, 2013:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 40 on Monday, August 19 at 17:00 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Professor Jarrod Hayes of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States will discuss the function of democratic identity and the process of constructing "threats" in international relations. Through close examination of U.S. relations with two rising powers, China and India, we will consider long-term implications for the sustainability of international relations involving major powers in the future.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 40

Date: Monday, August 19, 17:00-18:30

Venue: Room 610, Sixth Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Identity and the Construction of National Security: U.S. Relations with China and India

Speaker: Dr. Jarrod Hayes, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Abstract: Jarrod Hayes explores why democracies tend not to use military force against each other. He argues that democratic identity - the shared understanding within democracies of who "we" are and what "we" expect from each other - makes it difficult for political leaders to construct external democracies as threats. At the same time, he finds that democratic identity enables political actors to construct external non-democracies as threats. To explore his argument, he looks at U.S. relations with two rising powers: India and China. Through his argument and case studies, Professor Hayes addresses not just the democratic peace but also the larger processes of threat construction in international security, the role of domestic institutions in international relations, and the possibility for conflict between the United States and the world's two most populous countries.

Bio: Jarrod Hayes is an assistant professor of international relations at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2003 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in astrophysics and political science. He completed his Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California in 2009. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he was the ConocoPhillips Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Oklahoma. His research appears in the European Journal of International Relations, International Organization, and International Studies Quarterly. He also has a book in press examining U.S. security relations with India and China with Cambridge University Press.

Constructing National Security: U.S. Relations with India and China

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

August 3, 2013:

We will organize the 11th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar on Wednesday, August 21 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo, in conjunction with Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 39. Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Mr. Tsukasa Kanai of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings will discuss institutional evolution of environmental finance and its implications for innovation in Japan from academic as well as practical perspectives.

The 11th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar and Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 39 on Institutional Evolution of Environmental Finance and Innovation: Possibilities and Challenges to Japan in the Context of Globalization

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 15:00-17:00

VenueFEconomics Research Annex (Kojima Hall), Conference Room, Second Floor, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Speakers: Dr. Janelle Knox-Hayes, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Mr. Tsukasa Kanai, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility Office, Corporate Planning Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Language: English/Japanese (no simultaneous translation provided)

Session 1: "Environmental Finance: Developing emissions markets to direct clean energy under different models of governance"

Speaker: Dr. Janelle Knox-Hayes, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States; and Research Associate, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract: The relationship between finance and economic growth is a long debated topic within economic geography. In this presentation, analysis of emerging carbon emissions markets in the United States, Europe, China and Japan is used to explore the relationship between finance and economic growth. Carbon markets lend unique insight into the operation of finance because they are built in advance of the underlying commodities markets (clean energy markets) they are meant to influence. In each case, the varying relationship between finance and industry has had an impact on shaping the markets, and in turn has influenced their ability to direct investment into clean energy. In Europe, institutional logics of finance and have created a low growth but stable investment in clean energy. In the United States, the predominance of financial markets, with little emphasis on industry, has directed investment away from clean energy and into other modes of finance. In Japan, the emphasis on manufacturing and heavy industry have nested the emissions markets in logics of technology transfer and clean energy development, but the absence of financial innovation has inhibited the growth of underlying clean energy markets. In China, centralized authority has enabled the government to leverage foreign investment into wind and solar industries, but the absence of price discovery and insufficient market depth has led to a collapse in clean energy demand. The most successful economies are able to balance the influence of financial and industrial sectors in the creation and operation of new markets.

Bio: Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes Janelle Knox-Hayes is an assistant professor in the school of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a research associate at the Oxford University Department of Geography and Environment. Dr. Knox-Hayes joined the School of Public Policy after completing her PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation research was funded by the National Science Foundation and investigated the development of carbon emissions markets looking through the lens of regulatory and financial service institutions, with the use of surveys, interviews, and close-dialogue. She is interested in the political and economic dynamics underpinning energy transition and sustainable development. Her current research is funded by the Social Science Research Council and focuses on the institutional development of carbon emissions markets in Asia, with particular emphasis on the economic and policy drivers that develop these markets as well as their impact on social and economic systems.

Session 2: "Current Practices and Future Challenges in Environmental Finance in Japan: What Can be Achieved with 21st Century Financial Action Principles" (in Japanese)

Speaker: Mr. Tsukasa Kanai, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility Office, Corporate Planning Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: The Japanese financial institutions have recently established the 21st Century Financial Action Principles to contribute to making progress towards a sustainable society. The possibilities and challenges of environmental finance to Japan will be discussed in the context of accelerating globalization.

Organizer: Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 27, 2013:

The first international workshop on the Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST-2015) was held on July 25-27 in Yokohama, Japan. In Session on Social Sustainability - Environment and Resources, I made an introductory address on the concepts, methodologies, and measurements for developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the Post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Yarime, Masaru, "Towards Developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Concepts, Methodologies, and Measurements," Yokohama Workshop on the Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST-2015), Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, July 25-27 (2013).

 

July 25, 2013:

At the request of the Council for Social Sciences of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), I served as one of the reviewers of research proposals for Research Talent 2013 (Onderzoekstalent 2013).

 

July 19, 2013:

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) will organize Public Seminars on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy: Innovation and Societal Transformation in August 2013. I will give a lecture in Japanese on Global Sustainability Innovation on Saturday, August 10 at 15:00-16:30 at GRIPS in Tokyo.

 

July 18, 2013:

My page has been created at Google Scholar.

 

July 6, 2013:

Our paper on a framework for integrating environmental, economic, social, and governance dimensions for urban sustainability in Kenya has just been published online in the journal Sustainability Science.

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Moving towards urban sustainability in Kenya: a framework for integration of environmental, economic, social, and governance dimensions," Sustainability Science, 10.1007/s11625-013-0223-7 (2013).

 

July 5, 2013:

Out work on examining the current conditions on sanitation in the Kibera slums in Nairobi is referred to in an article in Diamond Online, covering the opportunities and challenges in economic development in Africa.

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Understanding the Grassroots Dynamics of Slums in Nairobi: The Dilemma of Kibera Informal Settlements," International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies, 2 (2), 197-213 (2011).

 

July 3, 2013:

I made a review of a book proposal for Environment and Sustainability at Routledge in the United Kingdom.

 

July 2, 2013:

We will organize the 10th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar on July 18 at 17:00-19:00 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo (in Japanese). Policy makers from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) will discuss the current opportunities and future challenges in promoting green innovation.

10th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 17:00-19:00

Venue: Room 101, School of Law Building, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Green Innovation Now: Where, Who, What

Speakers: Mr. KONO Takashi, Deputy Director, Global Environmental Affairs Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Mr. SHIMAKAWA Tomoyasu, Deputy Director, Environmental Policy Division, Policy Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

Mr. YOSHIDA Satoshi, Deputy Director, Climate Change Policy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment (MOE)

Organizer: Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

 

June 28, 2013:

Our presentation on an ecological information-based approach to examining the robustness of economic resource networks won the second place in the poster competition at the 7th International Society for Industrial Ecology Biennial Conference held on June 25-28 in Ulsan, South Korea.

Kharrazi, Ali, and Masaru Yarime, "Robustness of Economic Resource Networks: An Ecological Information Based Approach," 7th International Society for Industrial Ecology Biennial Conference: Strategy for Green Economy, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea, June 25-28 (2013).

Our work on resource logistics analysis of phosphorus was also presented in the conference.

Matsubae, Kazuyo, Masafumi Mizoguchi, Kenichi Nakajima, Keisuke Nansai, Masaru Yarime, and Tetsuya Nagasaka, "Resource logistics analysis on phosphorus and its implication on resource governance," 7th International Society for Industrial Ecology Biennial Conference: Strategy for Green Economy, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea, June 25-28 (2013).

 

June 28, 2013:

I will join the the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, one of the first academic journals to focus on the theory and practice of corporate citizenship.

 

June 24, 2013:

Our paper on a quantitative analysis of the patterns of research collaboration on sustainability has become the most cited paper among those published in the academic journal Sustainability Science in 2010.

Yarime, Masaru, Yoshiyuki Takeda, and Yuya Kajikawa, "Towards Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Science: A Quantitative Examination of the Patterns of Research Collaboration," Sustainability Science, 5 (1), 115-125 (2010).

 

June 22, 2013:

We will organize the 9th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar on Friday, July 12 in the Hongo campus. Dr. Derk Loorbach of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands will discuss the theory and practice of transition management to integrate science, governance, and entrepreneurship for promoting major societal changes towards sustainability.

9th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar

Date: Friday, July 12, 2013, 17:00-19:00

Venue: Economics Research Annex (Kojima Hall), Conference Room, Second Floor, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Transition Management: Science, Governance and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Speaker: Dr. Derk Loorbach, Director of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Science, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Abstract: This lecture will introduce the transition management approach as it has developed over the last decade in Europe and beyond. Transition management is a governance approach that brings together business, science, policy and civil society in new ways to guide and accelerate major systemic changes in society towards sustainability. The transition perspective shows that most of the urgent sustainability challenges cannot be solved only by new technologies, top-down policies or market-based innovation. Rather, transitions are fundamental systemic changes in the way that we have organized and institutionalized societal systems such as energy, food, health care, education and welfare. As the global changes and pressures combined with bottom-up innovations increasingly show the pathways to possible sustainable futures, the core challenge becomes how to collectively shift our cultures, structures and practices in this direction. This lecture will present the theory as well as practical examples how such major transitions to sustainability can be analyzed and influenced, through research, policy, entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Organizer: Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

 

June 21, 2013:

The 4th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions (IST 2013) was held on June 19-21 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in Switzerland. In Session on Global Diffusion of Environmental Innovation, I made a presentation on global co-evolution of technology and institutions for innovation on lead-free solders through university-industry-government networks in different countries/regions:

Yarime, Masaru, "Global Co-evolution of Technology and Institutions for Environmental Innovations: Development and Diffusion of Lead-Free Solders in Asia, Europe, and the United States," 4th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions (IST 2013), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, June 19-21 (2013).

 

June 19, 2013:

Global Transdisciplinary Processes of Sustainable Phosphorus Management (Global TraPs) First World Conference was held on Tuesday, June 18 in Beijing, China, in collaboration with the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), organized by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). In the Dialogue Session on Recycling Policy and Technology Innovation, I made a keynote speech on co-evolution of technology and public policy for the sustainability of phosphorus recycling.

Yarime, Masaru, "Co-evolution of Technology and Public Policy for the Sustainability of Phosphorus Recycling," Keynote Speech, Dialogue Session on Recycling Policy and Technology Innovation," Global Transdisciplinary Processes of Sustainable Phosphorus Management (Global TraPs) First World Conference, Global Conference on Nutrient Management, Beijing, China, June 18-20 (2013).

 

June 17, 2013:

The 10th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) 2013: Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics is held on June 17-21 in Lille, France. Our paper on inclusive capital and human development integrating natural and human capitals is presented in the conference:

Mihashi, Rina, Masaru Yarime, Tomohiro Akiyama, and Jia Li, "Inclusive Capital and Human Development: Integrating Human and Natural Capitals," The 10th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) 2013: Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics, Lille, France, June 17-21 (2013).

 

June 15, 2013:

I was invited to visit the newly established Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom for my presentation on the university's function of establishing a platform for cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and global collaboration for implementing innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy for Implementing Innovation: STEaPP as a Platform for Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-Sectoral, and Global Collaboration," Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom, June 14 (2013).

 

June 10, 2013:

Our paper discussing the causes of phosphorus dissipation and opportunities and challenges in phosphorus recycling will be published soon in a forthcoming book by Springer, Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap:

Yarime, Masaru, Cynthia Carliell-Marquet, Deborah T. Hellums, Yuliya Kalmykova, Daniel J. Lang, Quang Bao Le, Dianne Malley, Kazuyo Matsubae, Makiko Matsuo, Hisao Ohtake, Alan Omlin, Sebastian Petzet, Roland W. Scholz, Hideaki Shiroyama, Andrea E. Ulrich, and Paul Watts, "Dissipation and Recycling: What Losses, What Dissipation Impacts, and What Recycling Options?" in R. W. Scholz, A. H. Roy, F. S. Brand, D. T. Hellums & A. E. Ulrich, eds., Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap, Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.

 

June 6, 2013:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 38 on Monday, June 24 in Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Professor David Sundaram and Dr. Gabrielle Peko of the University of Auckland Business School in New Zealand will discuss how enterprises can integrate sustainability and adaptability in the context of corporate strategy, organizational structure, and information systems.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 38

Date: Monday, June 24, 17:00-18:30

Venue: Room 708, Seventh Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Sustainable and Adaptive Enterprises: Interweaving the Deliberate and Emergent

Speakers: Professor David Sundaram and Dr. Gabrielle Peko, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland Business School, Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract: Enterprises that want to compete in the dynamic markets of today need to be able to respond to the ever-increasing rates of change. At the same time, enterprises strive to be ever more sustainable in terms of economic, environmental, and societal concerns. Enterprises are being challenged at all levels to meet the demands for sustainability and in a manner that can handle the complexity that is present. In this research we seek to determine how enterprises could integrate sustainability objectives with adaptive approaches to manage complexity and uncertainty. The overarching objective of the research is to explore how an enterprise can become both sustainable and adaptive by interweaving the deliberate and emergent in the context of strategy, business processes, organisational structures and information systems.

"Sustainability modelling and reporting: From roadmap to implementation"

We would also like to introduce our more recent project on organisational and personal sustainability and explore potential avenues for collaboration.

Bio: David Sundaram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland Business School. He is an engineer by background, a teacher, researcher, and consultant by profession, and a lifelong student. He is passionate about the modelling, design, and implementation of flexible and evolvable information, visualization, decision, knowledge, and social systems. The architecting and design of learning, adaptive, agile, and sustainable enterprises and societies is close to his heart.

Gabrielle Peko is a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland Business School. Her research interests include Adaptive and Sustainable Enterprises, Business Process Design, Supply Chain Management, and Decision Support Systems.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

June 4, 2013:

I have joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Energy Systems and Policy, an open-access journal of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), which publishes the journal Nature.

 

May 30, 2013:

Our paper on empirical analysis of natural resource abundance and human development is presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) currently held at HEC Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Mihashi, Rina, and Masaru Yarime, "Natural Resource Abundance and Human Development: Empirical Evidence for Period 1990-2010," 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA), HEC Montréal, Quebec, Canada, May 30 - June 2 (2013).

 

May 29, 2013:

We will organize the 8th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar will be held on Thursday, June 27 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Vaughan C. Turekian and Dr. Tom C. Wang of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will discuss U.S. science and technology diplomacy on international issues, including sustainable development, climate change, clean energy, and avian influenza.

8th Policy Platform (PoP) Seminar

Date and Time: Thursday, June 27, 2013, 15:00-17:00

Venue: Economics Research Annex (Kojima Hall), Conference Room, 2nd floor, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: U.S. Science and Technology Diplomacy

Speakers: Dr. Vaughan C. Turekian (Chief International Officer, Director of the Center for Science Diplomacy, and Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, AAAS) and Dr. Tom C. Wang (Deputy Director of the Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS)

Organizer: Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

Registration required.

 

May 28, 2013:

Opportunities and challenges in transforming Japanese science, technology, and innovation are discussed in my chapter contributed to a forthcoming book, Possible Futures for Japan, edited by Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin for publication by New York University Press.

Yarime, Masaru, "Transforming Japanese Science and Technology to Meet Societal Challenges," in Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin, eds., Possible Futures for Japan, New York: New York University Press, forthcoming.

 

May 24, 2013:

The complete version of our paper on collaboration between university and stakeholders in society for sustainable urban transformations has been just published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, and Ali Kharrazi, "Co-creating sustainability: cross-sector university collaborations for driving sustainable urban transformations," Journal of Cleaner Production, 50, 40-55 (2013).

 

May 18, 2013:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 37 on Monday, June 3 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Mr. Jouni Juntunen of Aalto University in Finland will discuss how users work on home energy technologies for sustainability innovation. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 37

Date: Monday, June 3, 17:00-18:30

Venue: GraSPP Meeting Room 610, Sixth Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: User Innovation in Sustainable Home Energy Technologies

Speaker: Jouni K. Juntunen, Doctoral Candidate and Project Researcher, Department of Management and International Business, School of Business, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland

Abstract: There is an increasing interest in small-scale energy production from renewable sources. While much hope has been placed on more active energy users, it has remained less clear what citizens can and are willing to do. We charted user inventions in heat pump and wood pellet burning systems in Finland in years 2005–2012. In total we found 192 inventions or modifications that improved either the efficiency, suitability, usability, maintenance or price of the heat pump or pellet systems, as evaluated by domain experts. Our analysis clarifies that users are able to successfully modify, improve and redesign next to all subsystems in these technologies. It appears that supplier models do not cater sufficiently for the variation in users’ homes, which leaves unexplored design space for users to focus on. The inventive users can speed up the development and proliferation of distributed renewable energy technologies both through their alternative designs as well as through the advanced peer support they provide in popular user run Internet forums. These online forums bring together users to have discussion around purchase, use and maintenance of these technologies. Forums help otherwise dispersed and heterogeneous users to create a specific kind of learning space that helps some users to “grow inventive” even as the majority of users therein remain indifferent towards their specific projects. These findings open a discussion on how the actions of typically a small group of inventive users are embedded in and supported by the activities of a broader user base and how such users can be of benefit to energy and climate policy.

Short bio: Jouni K. Juntunen is a doctoral candidate and project researcher in Aalto University, School of Business. In his dissertation he is investigating technology domestication processes, user development and user innovations in the context of micro-generation technology. Jouni studied Industrial Engineering and Management in University of Oulu, Finland. Prior to coming Aalto University, he was working 15 years in telecommunication business in Finland, China and Japan and hold positions in the areas of design for manufacturing, product management, technology marketing and industry analyst relations. Whilst pursuing his doctoral studies, he is also working in a research project that is exploring local adaptation and innovation-in-practice in energy efficiency and carbon neutrality.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

May 15, 2013:

International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) 2013 is held on May 15-17 in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. Our research findings are presented in the conference as follows:

Kharrazi, Ali, Elena Rovenskaya, Brian D. Fath, and Masaru Yarime, "Quantifying the Sustainability of Economic Resource Networks: An Ecological Information-Based Approach," International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, May 15-17 (2013).

Pathirana, Shakila, and Masaru Yarime, "Functions of Stakeholders for Diffusion of Energy Efficiency Technologies in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: A Case Study of the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry," International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, May 15-17 (2013).

 

May 14, 2013:

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently conducting a study on the Effectiveness of Solar Lanterns in Reducing Insecurity and Gender-Based Violence among Internally Displaced Persons in Puntland, Somalia. I'm working with Panasonic and the University of Nairobi to conduct baseline and post-intervention studies to examine the impact of the distribution of solar lanterns on the levels of gender-based violence and to assess the cost effectiveness of solar lanterns in reducing the number of reported cases of insecurity and violence.

 

May 6, 2013:

I'm invited to serve for another term as editor for the academic journal Sustainability Science. I will be handling submitted manuscripts in the field of sustainability and science, technology, and innovation.

 

May 5, 2013:

Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes of the School of Public Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology started her stay as Abe Fellow at Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) of the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) of the University of Tokyo. She has worked on the institutional evolution of environmental financial markets in Europe and the United States. We will collaborate to conduct a comparative study with Asian markets, including Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing.

 

May 4, 2013:

Our paper on sustainability assessment tools for higher education institutions was listed as one of the Most-Read Articles during March 2013 in the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development.

Yarime, Masaru, and Yuko Tanaka, "The Issues and Methodologies in Sustainability Assessment Tools for Higher Education Institutions: A Review of Recent Trends and Future Challenges," Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 6 (1), 63-77 (2012).

 

May 1, 2013:

My review of a paper for the academic journal Higher Education was submitted to the editor.

 

April 30, 2013:

My review of a paper for the Journal of Corporate Citizenship was submitted to the editor.

 

April 29, 2013:

My review of a paper for the academic journal Global Environmental Change was submitted to the editor.

 

April 27, 2013:

Working Group on Natural Capital, with financial support from Trust Sixty Foundation, organized its first meeting on Friday, April 26 at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in Tokyo. As the Chair of the working group, I gave a introductory lecture on natural capital in the context of recent discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our group members, participating from academia, industry, and government, will discuss theoretical as well as practical dimensions of natural capital in local, national, and global levels and their implications for corporate strategy and public policy.

Yarime, Masaru, "Natural Capital in the Context of Recent Discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," Chair's Introductory Lecture, Working Group on Natural Capital First Meeting, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Tokyo, April 26 (2013).

 

April 26, 2013:

I was invited to give a seminar organized by the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) Japan Group on Friday, April 26 at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo. We discussed the findings of the UNEP FI E-RISC project, in which I participating as a Advisory Committee Member, and its implications for future actions in the financial industry.

Yarime, Masaru, "UNEP FI Project on Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis (E-RISC): Its Findings and Implications for Future Actions in the Financial Industry" (in Japanese), United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) Japan Group Seminar, Daiwa Securities, Tokyo, Japan, April 26 (2013).


April 22, 2013:

I submitted my comments as an external reviewer of the Second Order Draft (SOD) of the Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change) contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC AR5 is expected to be published in April 2014.

 

April 17, 2013:

Our paper on quantifying the concept of sustainability with an ecological information-based approach has just been published online in the academic journal Ecological Economics.

Kharrazi, Ali, Elena Rovenskaya, Brian D. Fath, Masaru Yarime, and Steven Kraines, "Quantifying the sustainability of economic resource networks: An ecological information-based approach," Ecological Economics, 90, 177-186 (2013).

 

April 16, 2013:

Our paper on the emerging function of universities to co-create sustainability with stakeholders in society has been accepted for publication in the journal Science and Public Policy:

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, Kes McCormick, Christopher Doll, and Steven Kraines, "Beyond the Third Mission: Exploring the Emerging University Function of Co-creation for Sustainability," Science and Public Policy, forthcoming.

 

April 10, 2013:

Our paper on a framework for addressing urban sustainability in Kenya has been accepted for publication in the academic journal Sustainability Science:

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Moving towards Urban Sustainability in Kenya: Framework for Integration of Environmental, Economic, Social, and Governance Dimensions," Sustainability Science, forthcoming.

 

April 1, 2013:

From April 1 I start working at the Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. My research and educational activities at GraSPP will center around public policy, corporate strategy, and institutional design for encouraging innovation for societal issues, including health, energy and the environment, through close collaboration with stakeholders in the public as well as private sectors from a global perspective.

 

March 31, 2013:

The Graduation Ceremony of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) was held on Monday, March 25 for the doctoral and master's students who completed the program successfully in the winter semester 2012-2013. In this semester I supervised the following doctoral dissertation and master's theses:

Mutisya, Emmanuel Musau, "Access to Microfinance and Financial Training for Innovative Urban Sustainability: Collective Investments at the Bottom of the Pyramid Segment in Urban Kenya," Doctoral Dissertation (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Todo, Yasuyuki), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Akiyama, Yuki, "Analysis of Relation between Corporate Environmental Performance and Financial Performance for Environmental Evaluation of Manufacturing Firms," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Matsuda, Hirotaka), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Arai, Tomoko, "Potential of Fashion Brands to Solve Sustainability Issues of the Fashion Industry: A Case Study of Motherhouse," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Onuki, Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Kohtake, Reina, "Demand Response Assessment and Strategy Planning for the Condominium Residential Sector in Japan," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Steven Kraines), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Zhen, Wei Ting, "System Establishment for 'Smart Life': International Comparison of Social Business Models and Consumer Behavior" (in Japanese), Master's Thesis (Co-Adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Dr. Mutisya and Mr. Akiyama received the Award of the Dean of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences for their excellent academic achievements.

 

In this academic year I also advised for the following doctoral dissertations and master's theses:

Ozeki, Tamane, "Organizational Collaboration and Industrial Formation: An Analysis of Japanese Firms in the Field of Organic Electroluminescence (EL)" (in Japanese), Doctoral Dissertation (Supervisor: Baba, Yasunori; Examination Committee Members: Yarime, Masaru, Kagawa, Yutaka, Segawa, Koji, and Watanabe, Toshiya), Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Kozawa, Kie, "Motivation of Purchasing a Local Wooden House Case study of Kochi Prefecture, Japan," Master’s Thesis (Supervisor: Yamamoto, Hirokazu; Co-adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2013).

Kamath, Reshma, "Sustainable Growth of Base of Pyramid (BOP) Markets through Cooperative-Style Multinational Corporation (MNC) Ventures," Master's Thesis (Adviser: Lee Geun, Vice Chairman: Yarime, Masaru, Thesis Committee Member: Moon Hwy-Chang), Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, May (2012).

 

March 22, 2013:

Our paper on quantifying the concept of sustainability has been just accepted for publication in the journal Ecological Economics.

Kharrazi, Ali, Elena Rovenskaya, Brian D. Fath, Masaru Yarime, and Steven Kraines, "Quantifying the Sustainability of Economic Resource Networks: An Ecological Information-Based Approach," Ecological Economics, forthcoming.

 

March 14, 2013:

The following article has been just published online in the Journal of Cleaner Production:

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, and Ali Kharrazi, "Co-creating sustainability: cross-sector university collaborations for driving sustainable urban transformations," Journal of Cleaner Production, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.11.047 (2012).

 

March 9, 2013:

The International Conference on Using Evidence and Human Resource Development for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Processes was held on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at the International House of Japan in Tokyo, organized by the Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) Program of the Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Tokyo. I made my comments as a discussant and joined a panel discussion on Evidence-Based Policy Making Process and Human Resource Development for STI Processes.

Yarime, Masaru, "Comments on the Role of Real-time Technology Assessment in STI Processes," International Conference on Using Evidence and Human Resource Development for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Processes, International House of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, March 8-9 (2013).

 

March 5, 2013:

I gave a public research seminar on innovation for sustainability on Monday, March 4 at the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED) of the University of Waterloo in Canada. I discussed the innovation systems approach and its potential integration with innovation management perspectives, with implications for corporate strategy and public policy for sustainability.

Yarime, Masaru, "Creating Innovation for Sustainability: Integration of Innovation Systems and Management Perspectives," Public Research Seminar, School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, March 4 (2013).

 

March 1, 2013:

The International Conference on Using Evidence and Human Resource Development for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Processes will be held on March 8-9 at the International House of Japan in Tokyo. It is organized by the Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) Program of the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. I will participate in the conference as a discussant to Professor David Guston of Arizona State University, who will talk about the role of real-time technology assessment in STI processes. Everyone is welcome to join us.

 

February 12, 2013:

International Conference on CSR and Corporate Governance will be held in Tokyo on September 19-20, 2013, with a doctoral workshop planned on September 18, jointly organized by the Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS), Humboldt University International CSR Conference (HU CSR), and Japanese German Center Berlin (JDZB). As a member of the Program Committee, I would like to encourage you to present your research findings in this conference. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 31.

Program Committee: Joachim Schwalbach (Professor, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany), Nick Barter (Senior Lecturer, Griffith University, Australia), Wanjun Jiang (Associate Professor, Peking University, China), Gregory Jackson (Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Masaru Yarime (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan), and Kanji Tanimoto (Professor, Waseda University, Japan)

 

February 1, 2013:

Kick-off Symposium for Clean Tech Open Japan 2013 was organized on Friday, February 1 at the Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair 2013. I made a brief presentation on university-industry-government collaboration for promoting sustainability innovations and discussed potentials and challenges in the global development and diffusion of clean technologies with international experts, including Masayuki Karasawa, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Programme Director of CITYNET; and Kevin Braithwaite, Chair of the Clean Tech Open Global Ideas Competition.

Yarime, Masaru, "Stakeholder Collaboration for Creating Innovations for Global Sustainability," Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair 2013, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, February 1 (2013).

 

January 29, 2013:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar on Friday, February 8 at 16:00 at Room 204 on the second floor of the Environmental Building. Dr. Tobias Schmidt and Mr. Joern Huenteler in the Chair of Sustainability and Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich will discuss critical challenges in public policy and financial investment for scaling-up of renewable energy in developing countries. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 36

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013, 16:00-17:30

Venue: Room 204, Second Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Developing Countries

Speakers: Tobias Schmidt and Joern Huenteler, Chair of Sustainability and Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

Presentation 1: Derisking Renewable Energy Investment

O. Waissbein, Y. Glemarec, H. Bayraktar, T.S. Schmidt (presenting), United Nations Development Programme

Abstract: Around the world, developing countries are seeking to rapidly scale-up renewable energy investment. While renewable energy potentials are often favorable in developing countries, they remain mostly untapped. The reasons lay not just in higher technology cost of renewables, but in the challenges in securing long-term affordable finance. This is the case as - contrary to fossil fuel-based technologies - investment cost and their financing are the primary cost driver for electricity generated from renewable sources. Due to a number of perceived or actual behavioral, technical, regulatory, financial or administrative barriers and associated investment risks in developing countries, financing costs (e.g., the terms of debt) are significantly higher in developing countries. Reducing the financing costs and improving access to long-term affordable finance is therefore an important lever in leveraging investments in renewable energy technologies. In order to lower financing cost, the UNDP proposes to address the risks in the investment environment by means of public de-risking instruments.

Public derisking measures can broadly be divided into two groups: - Policy derisking instruments seek to remove the underlying barriers that are the root causes of risks. As the name implies, these instruments utilize policy and programmatic interventions to mitigate risk and include. - Financial derisking instruments do not seek to directly address the underlying barriers, but instead transfer the risks that investors face to public actors, such as development banks.

The objective of this report is to provide guidance for policymakers in selecting and quantifying the impact of public instruments in promoting investment in renewable energy. To this end, the UNDP team developed a framework to estimate the effects of risks and de-risking measures on the financing costs of renewable energies in a bottom-up techno-economic model and apply it to on-shore wind energy in four exemplary countries: Kenya, Mongolia, Panama, and South Africa. The modeling results show that the effects of public de-risking instruments by far outweigh their costs (especially in the case of policy derisking instruments). This indicates that de-risking can be a very effective and efficient lever to reduce the cost of renewable energy technologies and attract large scale private investment into these technologies in developing countries.

Presentation 2: Financing Feed-in Tariffs in Developing Countries under the Post-Kyoto Climate Policy Regime - The Case of Thailand

Joern Huenteler (1) presenting, Christian Niebuhr (1,2), Tobias Schmidt (1), Reinhard Madlener (2), Volker Hoffmann (1), (1) ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2) RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Abstract: In recent years, more and more developing countries have adopted feed-in tariff (FIT) policies to attract investment in renewable energy. The differentiated and performance-based support structure makes FITs very suitable for country-led mitigation initiatives, so called Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), in the electricity sector. However, there is a lack of experience and best practices on how to design policies, how to project the abatement cost and how to allocate the financing gap between different stakeholders in general and in combination with FITs specifically. In this paper, we use the Thai Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP), to study the incremental cost of FITs, and to quantify potential funding sources under the post-2012 climate policy regime. The analysis is based on a power plant-level techno-economic model of the Thai electricity sector.

We show that when no fuel subsidies are assumed, the incremental costs are relatively small for most renewable energy technologies. If NAMAs are designed adequately, the overall funding needs are in the range of $7bn for the anticipated renewable energy diffusion under the AEDP by 2021. Yet our analysis also shows that the international carbon market is unlikely to be able to cover a significant part of the remaining funding gap, even when strong international commitment is assumed. This makes additional NAMA finance necessary. We elaborate on possible funding structures for NAMA finance and discuss how to address key uncertainties when determining the incremental costs ex-ante. We highlight that, in order to secure the accountability of potential financial support by developed countries, adequate baseline methodologies and data transparency will become major challenges for efficient funding allocation within internationally supported NAMAs.

Biographies:

Tobias Schmidt works as post-doctoral researcher in the Group of Sustainability and Technology and also serves as lecturer for ETH Zurich's Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences. Furthermore, he currently works as consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Environment & Energy Group. In his dissertation, Tobias investigated how climate-relevant policies trigger low-carbon technological change in the power sector.

Joern Huenteler is a researcher in the Group of Sustainability and Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. He investigates the influence of policy support on innovation and industrial performance in the renewable energy sector. Joern holds a diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and a M.Sc. in Engine Thermophysics from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

January 17, 2013:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 35 on Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00 at Room 204 on the second floor of the Environmental Building. Dr. Anthony Halog of the University of Queensland in Australia will discuss a system framework for developing concepts, methodologies, and tools for sustainable industrial networks.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 35

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 10:00-11:30

Venue: Room 204, Second Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: A System Thinking Framework for Developing Configurations of Sustainable Industrial Networks

Speaker: Anthony Halog, PhD, MBA, Lecturer in Industrial Environmental Management/LCA Certified Professional, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Abstract: Attaining industrial sustainability at the local/regional level requires collaborative efforts from participating agents toward common goals including resource conservation, low carbon emissions, production efficiency, economic viability, and corporate social responsibility. Our existing socio-technical systems should transition or evolve toward achieving system sustainability. This study aims to operationalize the idea of system sustainability by developing a conceptual framework for computational modelling and design of an industrial ecology-modelled forest biorefinery. Novel system-based modelling tools that take into consideration the three pillars of sustainability along with stakeholders’ interest should be developed. The weakening forest product industry in Maine is at the core of the proposed ecologically sustainable industrial park development. This will demonstrate a system model of the dynamic exchange of wastes and resources to produce sustainable value-added products. The ensuing framework involves integrated decision support, which can help in evaluating such a system with the goal of reducing overall energy and resource consumptions, while improving the economic, environmental and social performance of eco-industrial clusters. System dynamics (SD), materials flow analysis (MFA), life cycle assessment (LCA) and agent-based modelling (ABM) are modelling tools which can be applied to capitalize individual agents’ potential for designing prospective configurations/topologies of an industrial ecosystem.

Biography: Anthony Halog joined the University of Queensland in October 2012 from the University of Maine, USA where he was an Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology. Dr Halog has held various positions as Visiting Faculty Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of US Department of Energy, USA; as an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Research Fellow at the Finnish Forest Research Institute; as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan; and as an Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Research Council of Canada. He has been recently selected as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS -STS), Austria. His qualification in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) has been officially certified by the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) since January 2009. Dr. Halog worked before as Quality Control Engineer/ISO Consultant in food, cement and consumer industries in the Philippines, plastic moulding industry in Singapore and toy factory in Thailand. His research transcends traditional boundaries of natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences. He is currently developing quantitative and computational models and tools to assess emerging technologies and industrial ecosystems, which can provide exciting breakthroughs in research and educational innovation in sustainability science and engineering. Broadly, his interests are industrial ecology/eco-efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, environmental lifecycle assessment (LCA), eco-design, coupled human and natural systems, industrial sustainability, and renewable energy production.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

January 10, 2013:

Our article was chosen as one of the best of 2012 for OurWorld 2.0 published by the United Nations University:

Gregory Trencher and Masaru Yarime, "Universities co-creating urban sustainability," OurWorld 2.0, May 23 (2012).

 

January 3, 2013:

Conference Report of the Third International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 2012), to which I contributed as a member of the International Steering Board, has been just published on the web page of the conference.


December 26, 2012:

Launching the Phase 1 Report of the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI, Geneva) project on Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis (E-RISC), to which I have been contributing as a member of the Advisory Committee, I organized a seminar in Tokyo, following the similar events held in London, Sydney, and New York.

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to A New Angle on Sovereign Credit Risk – E-RISC: Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis," United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI, Geneva) E-RISC Project Seminar, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Tokyo, Japan, December 26 (2012).

 

December 19, 2012:

We will organize Sustainability Innovation Seminar 34 on governance and public policy on low-emission vehicles in the United Kingdom on Monday, January 28 at 16:30-18:00 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building. Dr. Karen Anderton of the University of Oxford will discuss the organizational governance of the low carbon vehicle regime in the U.K. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Sustainability Innovation Seminar Series 34

Date: Monday, January 28, 2013, 16:30-18:00

Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Mapping the UK Low Emission Vehicle Policy Landscape"

Speaker: Dr. Karen Anderton, Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract:

This paper is concerned with the organisational governance of the low carbon vehicle regime in the UK. It focuses on the emerging relationships and governance structures developed through current activities to decarbonise the transport infrastructure.

Efforts have been underway for several years in the UK to prime the low carbon vehicle market and associated infrastructure required to promote efficient alternatives to the internal combustion engine. Such activities have been conducted through a host of public, private and non-profit organisations working together to understand the appetite for and barriers to uptake of alternatively-fuelled vehicles. The main objective of this paper was to map and understand the roles played by these various organisations. As such the interactions between: car and energy industries, transport, research and energy departments of government, national and local/city governments and civil society were investigated through conducting semi-structured interviews with participants from these diverse sectors. It was important to ascertain an understanding of particular roles assumed by certain entities and whether there is clarity between parties as to where ultimate responsibility lies within the project/policy delivery teams.

Initiatives such as the 'Plugged-in Places' scheme - which is deploying electric vehicle pilot projects across selected metropolitan areas and regions - amongst others were examined to explore whether such projects inform future policy development and strategic direction in the roll-out of future infrastructure. Any 'bottlenecks' or 'gaps' in the development and implementation of policies associated with delivering alternatively-fuelled vehicles were also identified. Finally, the level of engagement of ‘mainstream/leading’ car companies versus niche/SME enterprises was considered, as well as the impact of EU regulation and policy over activities in the UK.

Bio: Karen Anderton is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. Karen’s research focuses on organisational and governance considerations in transport and environmental policymaking across levels. She completed her DPhil thesis “Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars”, at TSU in January 2012. Karen has been working on environmental policy issues for well over a decade and focused on climate change issues since 2003. She holds a LLB (Hons) in Law and International Politics (2002) and an MSc (with Distinction) in Environment and Development (2003). Alongside her research, she has been an independent consultant since 2007 and has consulted for various international public, private and non-profit clients including UN Habitat, nrg4SD, UKCIP, NICCD, Global Action Plan and The Climate Group. She is also a Trustee of the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN).

Contact: YARIME Masaru


December 14, 2012:

The Research Center for Sustainable Mechanical Systems at the Toyota Technological Institute organized a public symposium on Thursday, December 13 in Nagoya. As the keynote speaker, I discussed the possibilities and challenges for creating sustainability innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Creating Sustainability Innovation: Its Possibilities and Challenges" (in Japanese), Keynote Speech, Public Symposium of the Research Center for Sustainable Mechanical Systems, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, December 13 (2012).

 

December 12, 2012:

The following article has been just published online in the Journal of Cleaner Production:

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, and Ali Kharrazi, "Co-Creating Sustainability: Cross-Sector University Collaborations for Driving Sustainable Urban Transformation," Journal of Cleaner Production,
10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.11.047 (2012).


December 8, 2012:

I have joined a project initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to conduct a study on the effectiveness of providing solar lanterns in reducing cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) within internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Somalia. This project is conducted through close collaboration with IOM Nairobi Office, University of Nairobi, and the Ministries of Women Development and Social Affairs in Garowe, Puntland, and a final report is expected to be published next year.

 

December 6, 2012:

Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, edited by Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, will be published soon by Kobundo in Tokyo. I have contributed to the dictionary an entry on Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), in Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, eds., Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, Tokyo: Kobundo, 481 (2012).

 

December 4, 2012:

The following article has been just published online in the academic journal Sustainability Science:

Kudo, Shogo, and Masaru Yarime, "Divergence of the sustaining and marginalizing communities in the process of rural aging: a case study of Yurihonjo-shi, Akita, Japan," Sustainability Science,
10.1007/s11625-012-0197-x (2012).

 

December 2, 2012:

Phase 1 Report of the Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis (E-RISC) project, to which I have been contributing as a member of the Advisory Committee, has been just published by the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) and Global Footprint Network in Geneva, Switzerland. I plan to organize a seminar on this issue in Tokyo in December.

"A New Angle on Sovereign Credit Risk – E-RISC: Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis," United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative and Global Footprint Network, Geneva, Switzerland, November (2012).


December 1, 2012:

I gave a special lecture on sustainability innovation on Saturday, December 1 at the Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Yarime, Masaru, "Theories and Practices of Sustainability Innovation," Special Lecture, Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries, Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, December 1 (2012).


November 30, 2012:

A workshop on the Center of Innovation (COI) was organized on Friday, November 30 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). I participated in this workshop as one of the experts in academia, industry, and public institutes to identify major challenges to be explored for creating innovation to address key issues such as the environment, resources, energy, aging and declining population, global industrial competitiveness, and safe and secure society.


November 29, 2012:

The following article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production:

Trencher, Gregory, Masaru Yarime, and Ali Kharrazi, "Co-Creating Sustainability: Cross-Sector University Collaborations for Driving Sustainable Urban Transformation," Journal of Cleaner Production, forthcoming.


November 22, 2012:

The International Conference on EcoBalance 2012: Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society was held on November 20-23 in Yokohama. I chaired the Session on Sustainable Nutrient Management and made the following presentations:

Yarime, Masaru, "Encouraging Innovation for Sustainable Phosphorus Management: Technology, Management, and Public Policy," International Conference on EcoBalance 2012: Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, November 20-23 (2012).

Kharrazi, Ali, and Masaru Yarime, "Evaluating Ecological Risks of Fixed Income Investments, An Ecological Network Perspective," International Conference on EcoBalance 2012: Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, November 20-23 (2012).


November 13, 2012:

The following paper has just been accepted for publication in the academic journal Sustainability Science:

Kudo, Shogo, and Masaru Yarime, "Divergence of the Sustaining and Marginalizing Communities in the Process of Rural Aging: A case study of Yurihonjo-shi, Akita, Japan," Sustainability Science, forthcoming.


November 3, 2012:

Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, edited by Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, will be published soon by Kobundo in Tokyo. I have contributed to the dictionary an entry on sustainability science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), in Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, eds., Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, Tokyo: Kobundo, forthcoming.

 

October 21, 2012:

The Third SUSTAIN.CAFE was held on Friday, October 19 in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. I talked about the current challenges we face for academic development, institutionalization, and societal contribution in the field of sustainability science.

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science and Its Challenges in Academic Development, Institutionalization, and Societal Contribution," Third SUSTAIN.CAFE, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo, October 19 (2012).


October 18, 2012:

The Research Center for Sustainable Mechanical Systems of the Toyota Technological Institute will organize a symposium on December 13 in Nagoya. As the invited speaker, I will discuss the possibilities and challenges for creating sustainability innovation. Everyone is welcome to attend the symposium.

 

October 18, 2012:

A workshop on strategies on materials and energy was organized by the Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). In Session on Research Strategy for Social and Economic Challenges, I discussed the strategic resource logistics for sustainability innovation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Strategic Resource Logistics for Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Workshop on Strategies on Materials and Energy, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo, October 17 (2012).

 

October 15, 2012:

The Japan Times has just published a Smart Grid/Community Special. I contributed an article on the development of electric vehicles and its implications for sustainability.

Yarime, Masaru, "Electric vehicles promote sustainability," Smart Grid/Community Special, Japan Times, October 14, B3 (2012).


October 12, 2012:

Session on natural capital accounting and innovative financial mechanisms was held on Thursday, October 11 in the Civil Society Policy Forum of the Annual Meetings of IMF and World Bank Group 2012. I discussed integration of environmental risks into
credit rating, introducing E-RISK project organized by UNEP Financial Initiative in Geneva.

Yarime, Masaru, "Integrating Environmental Risks into Credit Rating for Sustainability," Session on How Natural Capital Accounting and Innovative Financing Mechanisms Can Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target No. 20, Civil Society Policy Forum, 2012 Annual Meetings of IMF and World Bank Group, Tokyo Japan, October 11 (2012).


October 10, 2012:

The following article on the role of microfinance for sustainability in urban Kenya will be published soon in the African Statistical Journal of the African Development Bank.

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Microcredit for the Development of the Bottom of the Pyramid Segment: Impact of Access to Financial Services on Microcredit Clients, Institutions and Urban Development," African Statistical Journal, forthcoming.


September 30, 2012:

The 2012 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group will be held in Tokyo in early October. We will organize a Session on Natural Capital Accounting and Innovative Financial Mechanisms on Thursday, October 11 at 16:00-17:30, as a part of the Civil Society Policy Forum. I will talk about the UNEP Financial Initiative's project on Integrating Ecological Risks into Sovereign Credit Risk Models and Investments, on which I have been working as a member of the Advisory Committee. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

 

September 21, 2012:

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure published the Final Report of the Task Force on Data and Visualization, to which I contributed through the workshops.

Task Force on Data and Visualization, “Final Report,” Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington, D.C., United States (2011).


September 20, 2012:

I visited the Leuphana University of Lueneburg in Germany on Tuesday, September 18 and made a public presentation on creating innovation for sustainable energy:

Yarime, Masaru, "Bringing forth Innovation on Renewable Energy in the Region: University as a Platform for Stakeholder Collaboration and Social Experimentation for Sustainability, Public Seminar, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany, September 18 (2012).

 

September 10, 2012:

The final version of our article on electric vehicles in Japan with full bibliographic details has been published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change:

Pohl, Hans, and Masaru Yarime, "Integrating Innovation System and Management Concepts: The Development of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Japan," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79 (8), 1431-1446 (2012).


September 7, 2012:

I made comments on public trust in science in Japan in the following article in Chemistry World, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry of the United Kingdom:

"Rebuilding public trust in Japanese Science," Simon Perks, Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom, September 6 (2012).

 

September 7, 2012:

Lyon-UT-Yokohama Workshop on Dealing with Urban Vulnerability was held on September 6-7 in Yokohama, jointly organized by the University of Lyon, City of Lyon, and the University of Tokyo. This workshop is a follow-up to the Todai Forum 2011 Workshop on Facing Urban Vulnerability: New Approaches to Urban Design and Architecture held at Siège du Conseil Région Rhône-Alpes in Lyon on October 20, 2011, organized by the University of Tokyo, Université de Lyon, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Institut National Supérieurs de Sciences Appliquées (INSA). In Session 1 on General Framework for Vulnerability and Resilience Theories, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Understanding Sustainability as a Balance between Efficiency and Resilience," Lyon-UT-Yokohama Workshop on Dealing with Urban Vulnerability, jointly organized by the University of Lyon, City of Lyon, and the University of Tokyo, Yokohama, Japan, September 6-7 (2012).

 

September 5, 2012:

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 33 will be organized on Tuesday, September 11 at 10:00-11:00 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. Ms. Manjusha Thorpe of the University of Cambridge will discuss the successful scale-up of innovative process technologies in the chemical and biotech sectors and its implications and challenges for sustainability. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 33

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:00-11:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Enablers of the Successful Scale up of Innovative Process Technologies Involving Industrial Biotechnology: Implications and Challenges for Sustainable Operations

Speaker: Manjusha Thorpe, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Abstract:
The development of innovative process technologies is becoming increasingly important in the chemical industry. Furthermore, in response to the quest for more environmentally sustainable operations, new technologies often involve the replacement of conventional chemical processes with biotechnology processes. Companies will have an advantage in achieving competitive operations in shorter timeframes if they have the ability to overcome the challenges faced when scaling up new process technologies.

Initial research has been carried out using data from interviews conducted with members of five multi-national companies operating in the processing industry. The initial research confirmed the importance of various types of knowledge in achieving successful scale up. However, there were deficits. In particular, the lack of a formalised process including the identification, development, utilisation, capture and transfer of the knowledge that is critical for scale up. The interview data also revealed additional factors that appear critical in determining scale up performance. These include articulation of the tradeoffs between batch and continuous processing during scale up and the uniqueness of scaling up industrial biotechnology processes.
Further research is underway and this research focuses on understanding the problems encountered during scale up and solutions for overcoming these problems. In particular, the knowledge and skills that enable successful scale up are being investigated and the means of identifying knowledge gaps and knowledge sources is also being examined.

A case study methodology is be used to carry out the investigation and, to a large extent, the data is being obtained from interviews. The interviews are being conducted with members of the R&D, process engineering, operations, project management and business functions of companies in order to obtain a number of perspectives on the scale up of processes. Furthermore, scale up is being investigated across the pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, commodity chemicals, petrochemical and industrial biotechnology sectors of the process industry. This will allow comparisons to be made across sectors and in particular, will allow lessons learned to be applied to the more nascent industrial biotechnology processes.
The research is expected to result in a knowledge map that describes the knowledge required for the successful scale up of a range of process technologies. In addition, mitigation methods for overcoming the problems typically encountered in scale up will be provided. The map and methods are expected to assist companies in streamlining the scale up of new process technologies, in particular biotechnology processes. This can help in achieving more sustainable solutions to future global chemical requirements.

Bio:
Manjusha Thorpe joined the Centre for Technology Management at the University of Cambridge in 2010. Manjusha studied both chemical engineering and Japanese as an undergraduate and before joining the University of Cambridge, Manjusha worked in industry for 14 years in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. One of Manjusha's more recent achievements was successfully starting up and managing the Singapore operation of a global consulting company dedicated to benchmarking the competitiveness of capital projects executed by the oil, gas, mining, minerals, metals and processing industries.

Contact: YARIME Masaru


August 31, 2012:

The Third International Conference on Sustainability Transitions (IST2012) was held at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 29-31. In the conference I made the following presentations:

Yarime, Masaru, "A Systems Approach to Sustainability Innovation: Maintaining a Balance between Efficiency and Resilience," Third International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 29-31 (2012).

Suwa, Aki, Masaru Yarime, and Joni Jupesta, "Transition into Sustainable Energy Systems: A Case Study of Geothermal Development in Japan," Third International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 29-31 (2012).

 

July 26, 2012:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 32 on Friday, August 3 at 10:30-12:00 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Michiko Iizuka of UNU-MERIT in the Netherlands will discuss the Kyoto mechanisms and their impacts on the diffusion of renewable energy technologies in BRICS countries. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 32

Date: Friday, August 3, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: The Kyoto Mechanisms and the Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies in the BRICS

Speaker: Dr. Michiko Iizuka, Research Fellow, United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, The Netherlands

Abstract:
The importance of renewable energy is well accepted at the global level. In this presentation, we will look at the role of Kyoto Mechanisms (Joint implementation and Clean Development Mechanisms) in diffusing the renewable energy technology in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). China, India and Brazil are recently increasing their presence in the field of renewable energy technology. In addition to the relationship to Kyoto mechanism, the presentation will try to illustrate the manufacturing capability in China, India, and Brazil.

Short Bio:
Michiko Iizuka is a policy specialist in the field of development, innovation and sustainability. She is currently a research fellow at United Nations University-MERIT since 2008. Prior to that, she has worked at International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ) as a researcher, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (UNECLAC) as an environmental officer. Her main areas of interest are innovation system, science and technology, industrial & innovation policy in developing countries focusing on agriculture and environmental issues. She is also a visiting fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 15, 2012:

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 31 will be organized on Monday, July 23 at 16:45-18:15 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes of the Georgia Institute of Technology will discuss the institutional development of environmental finance in Asia, the United States and Europe from a comparative perspective. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 31

Date: Monday, July 23, 16:45-18:15
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Comparative Analysis of the Institutional Development of Environmental Finance in Asia, the United States and Europe

Speaker: Janelle Knox-Hayes, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States, and Research Associate, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract:
Human and natural systems are becoming increasingly mismatched in their scale of operation and reproduction. Problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss have arisen from the lack of synchrony between economic and environmental systems. In response, policy makers are turning increasing attention to environmental finance—the pricing of environmental goods and externalities through financial mechanisms. While markets liberate information and extend the reach of communication of the value of reducing emissions, they divorce the production processes from their material context. I investigate the initiation and evolution of environmental finance in Asia through investigation of financial centers, their organizations, actors and processes. The study analyzes the institutionalization of environmental finance by investigating its initiation in five prominent Asian financial centers: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Beijing/Tianjin. Specifically, the analytical focus lies on the financial service networks in these cities as elucidated through interviews with financial experts. Environmental finance is just being initiated in Asia. However, Asia provides an important context for investigation into how financial products and services are transferred across cultural boundaries. In comparing various regional approaches to environmental finance, the beneficial impacts of clean energy development become clear. Clean energy provides a material source of economic growth that mitigates environmental damage.

Biography:
Janelle Knox-Hayes is an assistant professor in the school of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a research associate at the Oxford University Department of Geography and Environment. Dr. Knox-Hayes joined the School of Public Policy after completing her PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation research was funded by the National Science Foundation and investigated the development of carbon emissions markets looking through the lens of regulatory and financial service institutions, with the use of surveys, interviews, and close-dialogue. She is interested in the political and economic dynamics underpinning energy transition and sustainable development. Her current research is funded by the Social Science Research Council and focuses on the institutional development of carbon emissions markets in Asia, with particular emphasis on the economic and policy drivers that develop these markets as well as their impact on social and economic systems.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 7, 2012:

The 14th International Schumpeter Society Conference was held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on July 2-5. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Transforming University-Industry Collaboration to a Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Sustainability Innovation: Emerging Practices at Universities," 14th International Schumpeter Society Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, July 2-5 (2012).


July 7, 2012:

Writers' workshop on the book project Possible Futures for Japan was held on Saturday, June 30 to Sunday, July 1 at Shonan International Village Conference Center in Kanagawa, Japan. This project is jointly organized by the United States Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). Abe Fellowship Program 20th Anniversary Symposium "Possible Futures for Japan" was also held on Monday, July 2 at the International House of Japan in Tokyo. The outcomes of this project, in which I discuss opportunities and challenges in science, technology, and innovation for a sustainable future, will be published by New York University Press in spring 2013:

Yarime, Masaru, "Innovation for a Sustainable Future: Science and Technology for State Power, Business Competitiveness, or Societal Resilience?", in Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin, eds., Possible Futures for Japan, New York: New York University Press, forthcoming.

 

June 20, 2012:

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) 2012 Symposium: The Power of Partnerships is held on June 19-21 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in the United States. Our article on universities co-creating urban sustainability has been presented as one of the case studies for the symposium:

Gregory Trencher and Masaru Yarime, "Universities Co-creating Urban Sustainability," Case Study, International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) 2012 Symposium: The Power of Partnerships, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States, June 19-21 (2012).

 

June 17, 2012:

The International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M), in collaboration with the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ) and the Development Engineering Society of Japan (DESJ), organized the Second Collaborative Congress between Academic Societies on Sustainability and Project Management Systems on Saturday, June 16 at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Koganei, Tokyo. I made the following keynote speech:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Innovation through Stakeholder Collaboration," Keynote Speech, Second Collaborative Congress between Academic Societies on Sustainability and Project Management Systems, organized by the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M) in collaboration with the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ) and the Development Engineering Society of Japan (DESJ), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo, June 16 (2012).

 

June 17, 2012:

I have joined as an Expert Reviewer the process for Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change) First Order Draft (FOD) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

June 10, 2012:

The Symposium on Possible Futures for Japan will be held on Monday, July 2 at the International House of Japan in Tokyo to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Abe Fellowship Program. The project "Possible Futures" is organized by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of the United States and the results of the project will be published in Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin, eds., Possible Futures for Japan, New York: New York University Press in spring 2013. The public symposium will bring the public and policy communities into the discussion of the near-term prospects and challenges for Japan in the fields of politics, economy, society, and international security. I will discuss science, technology, and innovation for a sustainable future. English-Japanese translation will be provided.


June 8, 2012:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 30 on Monday, June 18 at 15:00 at Lecture Room 3. Professor Jacques Hymans of the University of Southern California will discuss a historical institutional analysis of Japan’s policy on nuclear energy. If you are interested in this issue, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 30

Date: Monday, June 18, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker: Jacques E.C. Hymans, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California, United States

Title: "Japan's Nuclear Policy: Institutional Obstacles to Change"

Abstract:
Japan's nuclear policy mix has remained substantially unchanged ever since its origins in the 1950s. Japan has consistently promoted nuclear energy production, attempted to create an entire fuel cycle, and abstained from building nuclear weapons. The earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant caused a great surge in anti-nuclear sentiment both in public opinion and in the Diet. Many observers have assumed that this anti-nuclear wave will cause a radical policy shift away from nuclear power. By contrast, an historical institutionalist analysis suggests that the changes at the level of national policy are likely to be more apparent than real, more incremental than dramatic, and at least as responsive to "pro-nuclear" as to "anti-nuclear" sentiments. But at the same time, changes at the prefectural level and in the private sector could severely undermine efforts to implement the traditional policy.

Bio:
Jacques E.C. Hymans is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. Hymans is the author of the recently published book Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which received the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for best first book in national and international security, and the Alexander L. George Book Award for best book in political psychology. His article "Veto Players, Nuclear Energy, and Nonproliferation: Domestic Institutional Barriers to a Japanese Nuclear Bomb" appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of International Security.

Jacques E. C. Hymans, "Botching the Bomb," Foreign Affairs, May/June (2012).

Contact: YARIME Masaru


June 7, 2012:

The International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M), in collaboration with the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ) and the Development Engineering Society of Japan (DESJ), will organize the Second Collaborative Congress between Academic Societies "Sustainability and Project Management Systems" on Saturday, June 16 at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Koganei, Tokyo. I will discuss sustainability science and its implications for innovation management. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

 

June 7, 2012:

The book Management of Technology (MOT): Fundamentals and Applications (in Japanese) has been just published by Rikotosho in Tokyo. In this book I have written the following article:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability and the Management of Technology: Social Innovation through a Collaboration Platform between Academia, Industry, and the Public Sector" (in Japanese), Satoshi Yoshida, Shoji Takeichi, Junichi Tomita, Robert Phaal, Yu Morishita, and Masaru Yarime, eds., Management of Technology (MOT): Fundamentals and Applications, Tokyo: Rikohtosho, 217-228 (2012).

 

June 7, 2012:

The Asian Clean Energy Forum 2012 was held on June 4-8 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines. At the International Workshop on Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Access to Energy we discussed innovative business models for delivering energy access, end-user financing, and results-based financing. The role of local banks would be critically important for providing the financing function to retailers as well as end users.


June 2, 2012:

The first workshop on E-RISC project (Environmental Risk in Sovereign Credit Assessments: Integrating Ecological Risk into Sovereign Bond Credit Risk Assessment and Investment) was held on May 30 at KfW Bankengruppe in Frankfurt, Germany. This project is organized by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Financial Initiative in Geneva in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, and I participated in the workshop as a member of the Advisory Committee. We had very fruitful discussions with experts in leading financial institutions, including Standard & Poor's. It will be important to integrate accounting risks based on biocapacity degradation and topological risks based on the network structure of exchange in biocapacity.


May 26, 2012:

Mr. Daniel A. Clune, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State visited the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo on May 24. We had very fruitful discussions on climate change and science diplomacy with students and faculty members of of GPSS. Mr. Clune came to Japan to participate in the Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 6) held in Okinawa on May 25-26, representing the United States in the meeting for the first time.


May 23, 2012:

The following article on innovative initiatives for urban sustainability at universities across the globe has been just published in Our World 2.0 of the United Nations University.

Trencher, Gregory, and Masaru Yarime, "Universities co-creating urban sustainability," Our World 2.0, May 23 (2012).


May 17, 2012:

We will have Sustainability Seminar with General Electric (GE) and the University of Tokyo on Saturday, May 19 at 13:00-15:00 in the Hongo campus. It is organized by SUS+, the student organization for sustainability at the University of Tokyo. The language to be used at the seminar is Japanese, but anybody is welcome to join us.

Yarime, Masaru, "Social Collaboration for Sustainability Innovation," Sustainability Seminar with General Electric (GE) and the University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, May 19 (2012).

 

May 15, 2012:

The following article on electric vehicles in Japan has been just published online in the academic journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Elsevier), Articles in Press:

Pohl, Hans, and Masaru Yarime, "Integrating Innovation System and Management Concepts: The Development of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Japan," Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2012), doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2012.04.012.


May 5, 2012:

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Financial Initiative and Global Footprint Network have initiated a project on Pushing the Frontier in Environmental Analysis on Sovereign Bonds - Integrating ecological risk in sovereign credit risk models and investments. As a member of the Advisory Committee, I will participated in the first workshop to be held on May 30 at KfW Bankengruppe in Frankfurt, Germany. We will discuss with experts and practitioners in financial institutions the financial materiality of ecological risks relevant for the credit risk evaluation of government bonds and the development of methodologies for credit rating agencies, investors and financial information providers to integrate ecological data in their models.


April 28, 2012:

The following article on recent trends and future challenges in the methodologies of sustainability assessment tools for higher education institutions has been just published in the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (SAGE):

Yarime, Masaru, and Yuko Tanaka, "The Issues and Methodologies in Sustainability Assessment Tools for Higher Education Institutions: A Review of Recent Trends and Future Challenges," Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 6 (1), 63-77 (2012).


April, 27, 2012:

I have joined as a member from academia the Univeristy-Industry-Government Meeting on the Strategy for Sustainable Management of Phosphorus, organized by the Council for the Promotion of Phosphorus Recycling in Japan. This is a national platform for collaboration between the key stakeholders for discussing and implementing strategies for sustainable management of phosphorus. We will also collaborate with other international initiatives, including Global Traps (Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management).

 

April 25, 2012:

A proposal of a business model for providing clean water in India has been accepted as one of the projects for the Cooperative Preliminary Study on Base of Pyramid (BOP) Business Collaboration Promotion of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). We will collaborate with JICA and Poly Glu International to conduce sustainability assessment of the business model from an integrated perspective including environmental, economic, and social dimensions.

 

April 15, 2012:

I have joined the Working Group on CODATA and the Working Group on WDS of the Subcommittee on International Scientific Data of the Committee on Information Science of the Science Council of Japan. CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology) and WDS (World Data System) are the committees working together for promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use in the International Council for Science (ICSU) based in Paris, France.

 

April 15, 2012:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 29 on Tuesday, April 17 at 16:40-18:20 at Lecture Room 3. Dr. Sugiyama of F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Switzerland will discuss a systems approach to sustainable improvement in pharmaceutical production processes based on a sophisticated understanding of cultural diversity and specificity. Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 29

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 16:40-18:20
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Understanding and Leveraging “Japan Quality” for Sustainable Improvement of Pharmaceutical Production Processes

Speaker: Dr. Hirokazu Sugiyama, Head of Operational Excellence Project Office, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Sterile Drug Product Manufacturing Kaiseraugst, Basel, Switzerland

Abstract:
Japan is known as a market where customers value cosmetic appearance of products in addition to the product performance itself. This is valid for pharmaceutical products such as tablets, capsules or liquid vials, and many western companies are struggling with high reject rates of shipped goods in the visual inspection of Japanese local partners. In this seminar, a systems approach of Roche’s Parenterals production facility in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, will be presented for (1) installing organizational capability to understand “Japan Quality” and (2) leveraging this specific voice of customer for a general improvement of manufacturing processes.

Short bio:
Hirokazu Sugiyama studied chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo and earned his PhD from ETH Zurich. His PhD thesis was on “Decision-making framework of chemical process design” considering economy, environmental impacts and process hazard as multi-objective decision criteria. In 2007 Dr. Sugiyama joined F. Hoffmann-La Roche first as a management trainee in technical operations, and since 2009 he is responsible for continuous improvement of new sterile drug production facility in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

April 6, 2012:

The following article on the development of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in Japan will be published soon in the academic journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change (Elsevier):

Pohl, Hans, and Masaru Yarime, "Integrating Innovation System and Management Concepts: The Development of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Japan," Technological Forecasting & Social Change, forthcoming.


April 5, 2012:

I have joined the project Possible Futures, organized by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of the United States. In this project, I will contribute a chapter on science, technology, and innovation of Japan to the forthcoming book Possible Futures for Japan to be published by New York University Press in spring 2013.

Yarime, Masaru, "Innovation for a Sustainable Future: Science and Technology for the Nation, Economy, or Society?" In preparation for publication in Anne Allison and Frank Baldwin, eds., Possible Futures for Japan, New York: New York University Press, scheduled to be published in spring 2013.

 

April 4, 2012:

Our paper presented at the 18th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM) on Ecological Modelling for Global Change and Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Beijing, China, September 20-23, 2011 has been just published in Procedia Environmental Sciences (Elsevier).

Kharrazi, Ali, and Masaru Yarime, "Quantifying the Sustainability of Integrated Urban Waste and Energy Networks: Seeking an Optimal Balance between Network Efficiency and Resilience," Procedia Environmental Sciences, 13, 1663-1667 (2012).

 

April 2, 2012:

Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, edited by Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, will be published soon by Kobundo in Tokyo. I have contributed to the dictionary an entry on sustainability science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), in Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, eds., Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, Tokyo: Kobundo, forthcoming.

 

March 27, 2012:

The book Sustainability and Peace (in Japanese) has been just published by Kokusai Shoin in Tokyo. To this book I contributed the following papers and translation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability and Peace - Multifaceted Approaches: A Perspective from Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), in Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Yasushi Katsuma, eds., Sustainability and Peace, Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin, 105-119 (2012).

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability and Peace - Multifaceted Approaches: Panel Discussion" (in Japanese), in Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Yasushi Katsuma, eds., Sustainability and Peace, Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin, 139-144 (2012).

Meadows, Dennis (Ogawa, Naoko, and Masaru Yarime, trans.), "Implications of Limits to Growth for Peace," in Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Yasushi Katsuma, eds., Sustainability and Peace, Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin, 25-41 (2012).

 

March 25, 2012:

I have joined the Advisory Committee for the Project on Integrating Ecological Risk in Sovereign Credit Ratings and Government Bonds, initiated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative and Global Footprint Network in Geneva, Switzerland. In this project we will investigate the impacts of ecological risk on sovereign credit ratings and develop robust methodologies for evaluate them with major financial institutions in the world. This will have significant implications for countries such as Japan, with its reliance on natural resources in other countries through imports.


March 23, 2012:

Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) organized the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, March 23 for the master's students who completed the program successfully in the winter semester 2011-2012. In this semester I supervised the master's theses of the following students:

Kudo, Shogo, "Sustainability in the Marginalization Process of Rural Communities: Implication for Managing an Ageing Society," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Adviser: Onuki, Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Hirose, Yuta, "Application of the Data-Intensive Approach to Technological Innovation System for Sustainability," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Adviser: Iwata, Shuichi), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Tumilba, Victor Ramil Marius Tronco, "An ex-post perspective on human-ecological system resilience and dynamics: A case study of the Philippine brackish-water pond aquaculture," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Adviser: Onuki, Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Teixeira, Mariena Irineu, "Productive Use for Rural Electrification: The Impacts of the Single Key Consumer Approach on the Net Social Benefit Components," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Todo, Yasuyuki; Co-Adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Watanabe Osorio, Juan Haruichi, Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Horita, Hasahide; Co-Adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Mr. KUDO Shogo received the Award of the Dean of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences for his excellent academic achievement.

 

In this semester I also advised on the master's theses and doctoral dissertations of the following students:

Sudo, Chihiro, "Solving Societal Challenges through Market Mechanisms: What Are the Conditions for Establishing BOP Businesses" (in Japanese), Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Sato, Jin; Co-advisers: Minato, Takayuki, and Yarime, Masaru), Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Asaoka, Daisuke, "Formation of Prewar Electric Industry in Japan: The Growth of Firms and Institutional Evolution" (in Japanese), Doctoral Dissertation (Principal Adviser: Baba, Yasunori; Evaluation Committee Members: Mikuriya, Takashi, Hashimoto, Takehiko, Shiroyama, Hideaki, and Yarime, Masaru), Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Murayama, Mai, "A Fundamental Study of Governance in Transformation of Social Systems: Views of Negotiation on Technology Transfer at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Consideration on Public Transportation for Rural Cities in Japan" (in Japanese), Doctoral Dissertation (Principal Adviser: Kunishima, Masahiko; Evaluation Committee Members: Yamaji, Eiji, Horita, Masahide, Yarime, Masaru, and Ozawa, Kazumasa), Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, March (2012).

Sakamaki, Ryuji, "Research on Effective Use of PC Mouse Log Analysis in Web Marketing" (in Japanese), Doctoral Dissertation (Principal Adviser: Someya, Satoshi; Evaluation Committee Members: Okamoto, Koji, Sasaki, Ken, Yarime, Masaru, and Nishihara, Yoko), Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, December (2011).

 

March 23, 2012:

The Research Symposium on Building Resilience and Adaptability in the Built Environment - Technologies, Business Models, Policy Tools, and Stakeholder Engagement was held on Friday, March 23, organized by the Institute of Industrial Science in the Komaba Research Campus of the University of Tokyo. In Session 1 on Vulnerability and Resilience of Buildings and Urban Systems I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Resilience and Adaptability for Sustainability Innovation: Establishing Social Business Models through Stakeholder Collaboration, Research Symposium on Building Resilience and Adaptability in the Built Environment - Technologies, Business Models, Policy Tools, and Stakeholder Engagement," Institute of Industrial Science, Komaba Research Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, March 23 (2012).

As there was a presentation focusing on the structure of cities, it would be very important to integrate the dimensions of structure and flows in fully understanding the sustainability of urban systems.

 

March 21, 2012:

Global TraPs Workshop IV “Defining Case Studies – Setting Priorities” was held on March 16-18 in El-Jadida, Morocco. Global TraPs (Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management), jointly led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), brings together researchers from various disciplines in academia and producers and users of phosphorus to work in nodes organized around the global phosphorus supply chain from exploration of phosphorus resources to its utilization and recycling.

In the workshop, as the node leader on dissipation and recycling, I made the following presentations and facilitated groups discussions with Professor Daniel J. Lang of Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany:

Yarime, Masaru, Carliell-Marquet, C., Lang, D., Le, Q.B., Malley, D., Matsubae, K., Ohtake, H., Omlin, A., Petzet, S., Scholz, R.W., Shiroyama, H., Ulrich, A.E., Watts, P., "Dissipation and Recycling: What Flows, What Impacts, and What Recycling Options?," Paper prepared for publication in Roland W. Scholz, Amit H. Roy, Fridolin S. Brand, Debbie Hellums, and Andrea Ulrich, eds., Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Transdisciplinary Roadmap, Berlin: Springer, forthcoming.

Yarime, Masaru, et al., "Priority Setting for Case Studies on the Node on Dissipation and Recycling," Global TraPs Workshop IV, El-Jadida, Morocco, March 16-18 (2012).

 

March 14, 2012:

On March 14, I gave a lecture on technology foresight and sustainability to the students of B.Sc. Program in Science and Technology Studies (STS) of the University of Malaya.

Yarime, Masaru, "Technology Foresight and Sustainability: A Perspective from Japan," SFES3213: Technology Mapping, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, March 14, (2012).

Practitioners working on technology foresight in Malaysia also participated in my lecture, and we had very interesting discussions on the achievements and challenges in this field in other countries including Japan. Probably one of the future challenges is to integrate technology foresight and technology assessment, which traditionally tended to be conducted after a certain technology has been already developed, in a way to merge moving upstream and downstream.

 

March 13, 2012:

I had an opportunity to give a lecture to the students of the M.Sc. Program in Science, Technology and Sustainability in the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Malaya.

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science: Towards a New Approach in Integrating STI and Sustainability," SFGS 6120: Introduction to Science, Technology and Sustainability, M.Sc. Program in Science, Technology and Sustainability, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya, March 12 (2012).

This programme is designed to equip post-graduate students with the core knowledge, tools and skills to achieve the transition to sustainability via science, technology and innovation (STI). We had very stimulating discussions on different interpretations of the idea of sustainability, probably reflecting the diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds in Malaysia.

 

March 9, 2012:

I have just started to stay as Visiting Professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) of the Faculty of Science of the University of Malaya. On March 9 I gave a presentation about teaching, research and outreach activities at the University of Tokyo on sustainability science and innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Education, Research and Societal Contribution Activities at the University of Tokyo on Sustainability Science and Innovation," Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 9 (2012).

We had very fruitful discussions with researchers who are involved in the Science, Technology and Sustainability Program as well as the Sustainability Science Cluster on diverse perspectives on the nature of sustainability science and their implications for the concepts and methodologies to be adopted in education, research, and engagement with local communities.

 

March 8, 2012:

I visited the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS) of Universiti Sains Malaya (USM) in Penang, Malaysia on March 7 with Dr. Zeeda Fatimah Mohamad of the University of Malaya. After I gave the following presentation, we introduced some of our projects on sustainability with each other and discussed the challenges in establishing this field in academia and the possibility of collaboration through exchange of students and researchers in the future.

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science as an Emerging Academic Field: A Perspective from Japan," Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS) of Universiti Sains Malaya (USM), Penang, Malaysia, March 7 (2012).

 

March 6, 2012:

I participated in the International Workshop on Faith and Power on March 5 and 6, organized by the Noordin Sopiee Chair in Global Studies, in conjunction with the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia. As ASEAN countries are moving towards more robust integration politically as well as economically, this theme is increasingly important in understanding complex interactions between religion and politics in the context of the diversity of this region.

 

March 3, 2012:

International Seminar on Sustainability Science Research and Education in Support of Africa's Development was held on March 1-3 by the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) of the University of Tokyo and the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP). Approximately 20 participants came from universities and research institutes in Africa to discuss education and research in sustainability science for Africa's future. I made the keynote speech on integrating education, research, and societal contribution in sustainability science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Integrating Education, Research, and Societal Contribution in Sustainability Science: Opportunities and Challenges for Japan-Africa Collaboration in Higher Education Institutions," Keynote Speech, International Seminar on Sustainability Science Research and Education in Support of Africa's Development, organized by the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo and the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, March 3 (2012).

For the last three years I have been involved in the project on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) as a member of the Steering Committee with a focus on the Working Group on Community-Based Innovation for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa. As a new graduate program will start this year, this seminar was organized to promote further support for the ESDA project.

 

February 29, 2012:

Coca-Cola Young Environmental Leaders Summit 2012 is being held in Kuriyama-cho, Yubari-gun, Hokkaido on February 27-March 3. This summit is organized by Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) through Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL), and approximately 30 graduate students coming from Asian countries are participating in the summit. I made the keynote lecture on corporate social responsibility (CSR), and its implications for corporate strategy for exploring the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) business.

Yarime, Masaru, "Corporate Social Responsibility for Sustainability: Integrating Corporate Strategy and Public Policy for Innovation," Keynote Lecture, Coca Cola Young Environmental Leaders Summit 2012, organized by the Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL), Uenbetsu Shogakko Coca-cola Environment House, Kuriyama-cho, Yubari-gun, Hokkaido, Japan, February 27 (2012).

 

February 29, 2012:

The International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012 was held on February 20-23 at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in the United States, in which I participated as a member of the International Steering Board. At the conference I chaired the Ph.D. Session and made the following presentations:

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to Ph.D. Session," Ph.D. Session, International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States, February 20 (2012).

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to the Case of Rebuilding from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake: The Role of Sustainability Science," Ph.D. Session, International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States, February 20 (2012).

It was a very fruitful opportunity for graduate students working in different places to exchange views and approaches to this evolving field of sustainability science. The posters presented at the session include the following:

Kharrazi, Ali, and Masaru Yarime, "Quantifying the Sustainability of International Economic Flows: A Data-Intensive Approach," Poster Presentation, International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States, February 20 (2012).

Kudo, Shogo, and Masaru Yarime, "Sustainability in the Marginalization Process of Rural Community: Implication for Managing Ageing Society," Poster Presentation, International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States, February 20 (2012).

Satanarachchi, Niranji, Takashi Mino, and Masaru Yarime, "Conceptualizing Sustainability Dynamics: Towards an analytical framework emphasizing on the dimensions of a given human-natural systems’ path movement and their implications on sustainability of the overall system-context unit," Poster Presentation, International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States, February 20 (2012).

 

February 12, 2012:

The following articles has been just published in the academic journal Sustainability Science (Springer):

Yarime, Masaru, Gregory Trencher, Takashi Mino, Roland W. Scholz, Lennart Olsson, Barry Ness, Niki Frantzeskaki, and Jan Rotmans, "Establishing sustainability science in higher education institutions: towards an integration of academic development, institutionalization, and collaborations with stakeholders," Sustainability Science, 7 (Supplement 1), 101-113 (2012).

Shiroyama, Hideaki, Masaru Yarime, Makiko Matsuo, Heike Schroeder, Roland Scholz, and Andrea E. Ulrich, "Governance for sustainability: knowledge integration and multi-actor dimensions in risk management," Sustainability Science, 7 (Supplement 1), 45-55 (2012).

Wiek, Arnim, Francesca Farioli, Kensuke Fukushi, and Masaru Yarime, "Sustainability science – Bridging the gap between science and society," Sustainability Science, 7 (Supplement 1), 1-4 (2012).

 

February 12, 2012:

On Friday, February 10 I had a very fruitful discussion over breakfast with Professor Daniel Kammen of the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) of the University of California at Berkeley, introduced by Dr. Frank Ling, a member of Caltech Alumni Japan. He is a leading expert on energy, serving as the World Bank Group's Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. As he is also interested in sustainability science, with a particular focus on energy, I hope we will promote further collaboration with ERG of UC Berkeley.


February 9, 2012:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 28 on Thursday, February 9 at 17:00 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building. Mr. Robert Vazille, President of Kemis based near Paris, introduced the philosophy of CODATA France’s new project, Observatoire des Données du Développement Durable (O3D) (Data Observatory on Sustainable Development), and discussed relationships with decision makers in the private and public sectors and collaboration with academia. We will also jointly explore career paths for students and young researchers working on sustainability science in industry and the public sector.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 28

Date: Thursday, February 9, 17:00-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: CODATA France Project O3D: Relationships with decision makers, international development and liaison with academia

Speaker: Mr. Robert Vazille, President of Kemis, Senlis, France

Bio:
Mr. Robert Vazille is a Member of the Executive Committee of CODATA France and Project Manager of O3D. He has a variety of professional experience in industry, including President of Toyo Ink in Europe, Visiting director: Board de Toyo Ink, President of Francolor Pigments, General Manager of ICI Francolor, Member of the Executive Committee of the Fine Chemical Manufacturing Organization of ICI, Member of the Executive Committee of ICI France, General Manager of ICI France Baleycourt, Member of the Executive Committee of the Polyurethane business of ICI, Production Manager - Polyethylene – ICI Fos sur Mer, Senior Project Engineer – ICI Holland – Engineering Department, and Construction Engineer – EL4 – Nuclear Industry – CAFL.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

February 6, 2012:

The following articles has been just published in the academic journal Sustainability Science (Springer) Online First:

Yarime, Masaru, Gregory Trencher, Takashi Mino, Roland W. Scholz, Lennart Olsson, Barry Ness, Niki Frantzeskaki, and Jan Rotmans, "Establishing sustainability science in higher education institutions: towards an integration of academic development, institutionalization, and collaborations with stakeholders," Sustainability Science, 10.1007/s11625-011-0157-5 (2012).

Shiroyama, Hideaki, Masaru Yarime, Makiko Matsuo, Heike Schroeder, Roland Scholz, and Andrea E. Ulrich, "Governance for sustainability: knowledge integration and multi-actor dimensions in risk management," Sustainability Science, 10.1007/s11625-011-0155-z (2012).

Wiek, Arnim, Francesca Farioli, Kensuke Fukushi, and Masaru Yarime, "Sustainability science – Bridging the gap between science and society," Sustainability Science, 10.1007/s11625-011-0154-0 (2012).

 

February 4, 2012:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 27 on Monday, February 6 at 16:30-18:00 at Lecture Room 2 on the second floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Pranab Baruah of the University of Oxford will discuss novel methodologies for analyzing low-carbon energy system transition in the U.K. and current strategies for corporate carbon management. Everybody is welcome to join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 27

Date: Monday, February 6, 2012, 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Second Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Sustainability at national and corporate level: Low-carbon energy system transition in the UK and supply chain carbon management

Speaker: Pranab Baruah, LEED AP, MBA, PhD (Eng.), Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract:
Energy is the backbone to a developed economy and a robust, resilient and reliable energy system has been key to growth, competitiveness and high quality of life in developed economies. In the UK, its energy system is facing serious challenges as it needs to transform to deliver ambitious low carbon and renewable energy goals while maintaining security of supply and affordable energy costs.

In the first part of the presentation, energy research carried out under UK Infrastructure Transition Research Consortium*, an interdisciplinary research program developing novel tools and techniques to analyse national infrastructure systems, will be presented. We will review existing methods and studies to model energy system transition to deliver goals such as GHG reduction and security of supply. Elucidating on the current state of UK energy system, we will present example results of a new approach to analyse robustness of future possible transition scenarios of UK energy system.

Transitioning to a low carbon economy challenges not only the infrastructure entities but all participants in the economy. With ever increasing regulatory pressure, public awareness on environmental issues and pressure to innovate to be remain competitive, leading corporations are preparing for this paradigm shift. In the second part of the presentation will look at drivers, challenges, opportunities and current state of corporate carbon management in general. Currently available approaches and protocols to undertake supply chain carbon footprinting and management will be presented with examples.

*This work is part of 5-year UK Infrastructure Transition Research Consortium project led by Univ of Oxford and comprising of 7 universities as well as 40+ 40+ external partners (corporations, institutions, government agencies etc.). Aim of the project develop and demonstrate a new generation of system simulation models and tools to inform analysis, planning and design of 5 key national infrastructure (NI) systems, namely energy, transport, water, waste and ICT. The research programme deals with energy, transport, water, waste and ICT systems at national scale, developing new methods for analysing their performance, risks and interdependencies. ITRC will provide a virtual environment in which to test strategies for long term investment in NI and understand how alternative strategies perform with respect to policy constraints such as reliability and security of supply, cost, carbon emissions, and adaptability to demographic and climate change.

Recommended readings:
1. ITRC Fast Track Analysis report
2. GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard

References for further research will be provided.

Biography:
Pranab Baruah is an energy researcher based in Lower Carbon Futures group, University of Oxford. He is currently involved in Infrastructure Transition Research Consortium (ITRC) led by Univ of Oxford and Bottom up Perspective in Industrial Demand Modelling project led by Univ of Bath. He has been also an independent sustainability services consultant to several companies and international NGOs. Prior to joining Oxford, Pranab worked at the University of Tokyo in various capacities on satellite remote sensing applications, global ecosystem model improvement and sustainability science projects while facilitating strategic initiatives (intl. symposiums, research network etc.) for 2 international centers within the university. He has an MBA in Strategic Carbon Management, a PhD in Engineering (Geoinformatics) and a professional certification in LEED Green Building Rating System (LEED AP BD+C).

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

January 30, 2012:

On Saturday, January 28 I gave a special lecture on business strategy, public policy, and institutional design for sustainability innovation at the Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS) at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Yarime, Masaru, "Business Strategy Public Policy, and Institutional Design for Sustainability Innovation," Special Lecture for the Course on Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries, Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, January 28 (2012).


January 27, 2012:

I was invited to participate in a seminar of the research project on Integrated Use of Accident Statistics and Insurance Statistics on Road Traffic Accidents organized by the Japan Research Center for Transport Policy in Tokyo and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Research and Development Investment in the Automotive Industry: Implications for Environmental Protection and Safety," Seminar of the Research Project on Integrated Use of Accident Statistics and Insurance Statistics on Road Traffic Accidents, Japan Research Center for Transport Policy, Tokyo, January 28 (2012).

 

January 20, 2012:

I have joined the Expert Group on Social Challenges of Climate Change and Global Business, organized by the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI). It is becoming increasingly important to take appropriate measures for adaptation to cope with climate change in the future, which is expected to have significant impacts on a wide range of areas such as agriculture, fishery, food, water, health, and disaster management. We plan to discuss with experts in academia, industry, NGOs, and the public sector to identify effectively the needs in developing countries and the technologies, products, and services required and to develop the methodologies for evaluating the effects of the measures for adaptation accurately.

 

January 13, 2012:

Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) 2009 Annual Conference was held on November 5-6, 2009 at the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. I participated as a speaker in Plenary Session Four: Innovation and the Emerging Sustainable Enterprise Economy in the Asia-Pacific Region and received an interview, which has been uploaded to YouTube:

"2009 APABIS Annual Conference - Interview with Ashoke Joshi and Masaru Yarime," Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, November 6 (2009). (Uploaded to YouTube on October 27, 2011).

 

January 6, 2012:

I contributed as a Guest Editor to publishing the special issue of the academic journal Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal on Sustainable decision making in a time of crisis: public and private perspectives with Dr. Malcolm McIntosh of the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Australia, and Dr. Vesselin Popovski of the United Nations University.

McIntosh, Malcolm, Vesselin Popovski, and Masaru Yarime, "Decision-making in a time of crisis," Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 2 (2), 189-191 (2011).

 

January 6, 2012:

International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2012 will be held at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona in the U.S. on February 20-23, 2012. As a member of the Steering Committee, I will organize the Ph.D. session to promote intellectual exchange and interaction among graduate students working on sustainability science at different universities across the globe.


December 29, 2011:

The following articles will be published soon in the academic journal Sustainability Science (Springer):

Yarime, Masaru, Gregory Trencher, Takashi Mino, Roland W. Scholz, Lennart Olsson, Barry Ness, Niki Frantzeskaki, and Jan Rotmans, "Establishing Sustainability Science in Higher Education Institutions: Towards an Integration of Academic Development, Institutionalization, and Collaborations with Stakeholders," Sustainability Science, forthcoming.

Shiroyama, Hideaki, Masaru Yarime, Makiko Matsuo, Heike Schroeder, Roland Scholz, and Andrea E. Ulrich, "Governance for Sustainability: Knowledge integration and multi-actor dimensions in risk management," Sustainability Science, forthcoming.

Wiek, Arnim, Francesca Farioli, Kensuke Fukushi, and Masaru Yarime, "Sustainability science – Bridging the gap between science and society," Sustainability Science, forthcoming.

 

December 23, 2011:

We organized the 5th Research Group Meeting on Kashiwa Sustainable City on Thursday, December 22 at the University of Tokyo. We discussed the role of the national fund PNB for sustainability in Malaysia and electricity supply by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Research Group Meeting on Kashiwa Sustainable City 5

(Jointly organized with Tokyo Think Sustainability and Clean Green Forum)

Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 17:15-19:00

Venue: IR3S Meeting Room, Administration Building No. 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

17:15-17:45: "On Malaysia and PNB's Activities," Mr. MIZUSHIMA Tadashi, Representative Director, PNB Assess Management (Japan) Co., Ltd.

17:45-18:45: "Policies of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for Energy Supply," Mr. INOSE Naoki, Vice Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

18:45-19:00: "Activities of Research Group on Kashiwa Sustainable City," Dr. YARIME Masaru, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo; and Mr. FUKUI Eduardo, Managing Director, Clean Green Partners, Ltd.

We had very stimulating discussions on institutional design for energy supply in Tokyo. Based on networking through this research group, we intend to establish a platform for collaboration between academia, industry, the public sector for promoting sustainability innovation.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 16, 2011:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 26 on Wednesday, December 21 at 16:30-18:00 at Lecture Room 3 of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo.

Mr. Sahba Sobhani, Program Manager of the Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York will discuss how the development of inclusive business models will create opportunities for sustainability around the globe, based on his experience of managing the Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative at UNDP. If you are interested in this issue, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 26

Date: Wednesday, December 21, 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Development of Inclusive Business Models for Global Sustainability

Speaker: Sahba Sobhani, Programme Manager, Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative, Private Sector Division, Partnerships Bureau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, U.S.A.

Bio:
Sahba Sobhani is the lead author of the first GIM report, “Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor”. Previously, he managed two key private sector initiatives in the executive office of the former Administrator of UNDP, Lord Malloch Brown, including the Commission on the Private Sector and Development headed by Paul Martin, the former Prime Minister of Canada, and Ernesto Zedillo, Mexico’s former President, and the African Financial Markets Initiative. In this capacity, he was the co-author of “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” Report, the seminal report of the Private Sector Commission produced at the request of then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the managing editor of the African Stock Markets Handbook. Sahba Sobhani has also worked in the private sector at Idealab in Palo Alto and Newscom Limited in Singapore. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 14, 2011:

The book Automobility in Transition? A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport has been just published by Routledge in London. To this book I contributed the following chapter:

Orsato, Renato J., Marc Dijk, Rene Kemp, and Masaru Yarime, “The Electrification of Automobility: The Bumpy Ride of Electric Vehicles towards Regime Transition,” in Frank Geels, Rene Kemp, Geoff Dudley, and Glenn Lyons, eds., Automobility in Transition? A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport, London: Routledge, 205-228 (2011).

This is published in the book series of Routledge Studies in Sustainability Transitions.

 

December 7, 2011:

Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo has been selected as one of the Leading Programs for Doctoral Education by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This is a global leadership initiative to create future leaders who will contribute to promoting sustainability at the global level.


December 2, 2011:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 25 on Tuesday, December 6 at 14:00 at the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Erik Simanis of Johnson School of Management of Cornell University will discuss the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) business and its implications for the strategy of sustainable global enterprise. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 25

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 14:00-16:00
Venue: IR3S Meeting Room, Fourth Floor, Administration Bureau Building 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Business and the Strategy of Sustainable Global Enterprise

Speaker: Dr. Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, United States

Erik Simanis is Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies at the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management. His applied research focuses on advancing innovation and business development strategies for commercializing new product categories. Erik has led and consulted for new business ventures in India, Africa, Mexico, the former Soviet Union, and the U.S., and has held management positions in the wood products and transportation industries. His most recent work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Sloan Management Review, and the journal Innovations. Erik holds a PhD in Management from Cornell, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Norman Block Award for highest academic achievement, and a BA magna cum laude from Wake Forest University.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

November 21, 2011:

The book Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action has been just published by Palgrave Macmillan in the United Kingdom. In that book I have written the following articles:

Yarime, Masaru, “Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainability Science: A Perspective Based on Research and Educational Experiences,” in Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), ed., Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 254-258 (2011).

Fadeeva, Zinaida, Laima Galkute, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Miguel Chakon, and Masaru Yarime, "University Appraisal for Diversity, Innovation and Change towards Sustainable Development: Can it be done?" in Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), ed., Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 308-313 (2011).

 

November 12, 2011:

APIEL Symposium 2011 "Societal Collaboration through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Actions towards Global Sustainability" was held on Friday, November 11 at Koshiba Hall in the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo. In the Panel Discussion, I made the following presentation for introduction:

Yarime, Masaru, "Societal Collaboration for Global Sustainability: University's Function, Methodology, and Creation of Global Leaders" (in Japanese), APIEL Symposium 2011 Societal Collaboration through CSR: Actions for Global Sustainability, Koshiba Hall, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo, November 11 (2011).

Then I facilitated discussions with experts and practitioners from the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative, Sanyo Electric, Sompo Japan, Kuroba, Yokohama Water, and Coca Cola. We discussed potentials and challenges in integrating CSR and inclusive business, roles and functions of collaboration with stakeholders in society, approaches and methodologies of societal collaboration, and the creation of global leaders for sustainability, including skills and competence, career path development, and institutional support. Integration of education, research, and contribution to society can be explored by establishing the university as a platform for societal collaboration.

 

November 12, 2011:

The Research Project on Urban Reformation Program for Realization of a Bright Low-Carbon Society organized the second workshop on Tuesday, November 8 at the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. In the session on the Information Group, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Integration of Knowledge for Urban Sustainability" (in Japanese), Second Workshop of the Research Project on Urban Reformation Program for Realization of a Bright Low-Carbon Society," Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo, November 8 (2011).

 

November 4, 2011:

We will organize APIEL Symposium 2011 "Societal Collaboration through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Actions towards Global Sustainability" on Friday, November 11 at Koshiba Hall in the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo. Mr. Shuan SadreGhazi of UNU-MERIT will discuss the experiences of the Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative of UNDP. I will facilitate discussions with experts from academia, industry, and the public sector on potentials and challenges in implementing CSR activities for global sustainability through collaboration with stakeholders in society.

APIEL Symposium 2011 "Societal Collaboration through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Actions towards Global Sustainability"

Date: Friday, November 11, 2011, 13:30-17:00

Venue: Koshiba Hall, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Program:

13:30-13:35 Opening Remarks

EGAWA Masako, Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo

13:35-13:45 Introduction

MINO Takashi, Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

13:45-14:25 Keynote Speech

"Inclusive Business: A New Perspective on Private Sector Contribution to Development"
Shuan SADREGHAZI, PhD Researcher, United Nations University – Maastricht Economics and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, The Netherlands; and Research Fellow, Case Study Review Manager, Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, U.S.A.

14:25-15:10 Presentations from Industry and the Public Sector (Part 1)

"Shining Ray of Hope to Save Lives - Solar Lantern," HOTTA Takayuki, Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd.

"Social Action of KUBOTA Group," HONJO Seiichi, Kubota Corporation

"Adaptation and Mitigation - Sompo Japan's Approach," SEKI Masao, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

15:10 – 15:30 Break

15:30-16:00 Presentations from Industry and the Public Sector (Part 2)

"From Contribution to Society to Business Development," NAGAI Yasutoshi, Yokohama Water Corporation

"The Coca-Cola Educational & Environmental Foundation," MATSUTAKA Keiichi, Coca Cola Educational & Environmental Foundation

16:00-16:55 Panel Discussion

Facilitator: YARIME Masaru, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

16:55-17:00 Closing Remarks

Hanaki Keisuke, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

(MC: ONUKI Motoharu, Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

 

November 4, 2011:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 24 on Monday, November 7 at 15:00-16:30 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. Ms. Leslie Elder, Senior Nutrition Specialist of the World Bank, will talk about a multi-partner effort, Scaling Up Nutrition: A Framework for Action (SUN), to fight malnutrition and its implications for global sustainability. If you are interested in this issue, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 24

Date: Monday, November 7, 2011, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) for Sustainable Development: Role of World Bank

Speaker: Leslie Elder, Senior Nutrition Specialist, The World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Abstract:
There is a great deal of momentum at both the global and country levels around the need to improve nutrition outcomes in the crucial first 1000 days of a child's life -- even more so as food prices are climbing again --  and the World Bank is playing a crucial leadership role. A multi-partner effort called Scaling up Nutrition: A Framework for Action is to fight malnutrition using cost-effective and proven interventions to prioritize actions for pregnant women and children under the age of 24 months. The framework carries the endorsement of more than 80 multilateral, bilateral, academic, and civil society agencies and institutions that are active in the nutrition and development field.  Leslie Elder, World Bank’s Senior Nutrition Specialist will present on the crucial role that nutrition plays for human security/development.

Bio:
Leslie Elder is a Senior Nutrition Specialist with the World Bank, based in Washington D.C. in the central Human Development unit.  There, she provides nutrition technical support to Bank teams across the various regions.  She also supports global nutrition advocacy and partnership activities of the Bank, engaging with UN, bilateral, and civil society organization partners to strengthen the global aid architecture for improved nutritional status of vulnerable populations globally.  Prior to joining the Bank in October 2009, Leslie was the Deputy Director for the Gates Foundation-supported Saving Newborn Lives Project, implemented by Save the Children/US.  She has also worked for John Snow, Inc. and AED, providing technical leadership to USAID-funded nutrition and health projects in countries in Latin America, South Asia, Africa and East Asia, including the MotherCare project in Indonesia.  Leslie began her career in health as a nurse, working with newborns, mothers and young children in the USA and Nepal.

Press Release: Canada, Japan, USAID, and The World Bank Appeal for Faster, Coordinated Action in Battling Malnutrition

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

November 4, 2011:

The Project on Introducing Solar Lanterns to Areas without Access to Electricity in Africa has been conducted through collaboration between Sanyo Electric, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), University of Tokyo, and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The project has been supported by the Public-Private Partnership for Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

November 4, 2011:

The Policy Dialogue on Climate Change in Africa was held in Tokyo from October 31 to November 2, by inviting delegations from 15 African countries who are involved in negotiations on climate change. The policy dialogue was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of the Environment with experts from academia, private companies, and international organizations. We discussed Japan's support for African countries in fighting against climate change and exchanged views and opinions on negotiations for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Durban, South Africa from the end of November.

In Dialogue 2: Toward Green Growth in Africa by Inclusive Cooperation between Multiple Stakeholders, I made the keynote speech and facilitated panel discussions with the participants from Japan and African countries.

Yarime, Masaru, Encouraging Sustainability Innovation in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for Green Growth," Dialogue 2: Toward Green Growth in Africa by Inclusive Cooperation between Multiple Stakeholders, Policy Dialogue on Climate Change in Africa, hosted by the Government of Japan, Tokyo, October 31 (2011).

 

November 4, 2011:

The Second Multidisciplinary Science Forum was organized on October 28 in Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sir Anthony Leggett, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics in 2003, discussed the potentials and challenges in utilizing superconductors to address environmental and energy problems. In the forum I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science as a Multidisciplinary Science: Understanding Complex, Dynamic Interactions between Natural, Human, and Social Systems," JSPS Second Multidisciplinary Science Form, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A., October 28 (2011).

 

October 22, 2011:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 23 on Monday, October 24 at 15:00-16:30 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Professor Sander van der Leeuw, Dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU) in the U.S., will discuss systemic approaches to sustainability studies. The University of Tokyo has been collaborating with ASU for educational and research activities on sustainability science. Please join us in this seminar.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 23

Date: Monday, October 24
Time: 15:00-16:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Systemic Approaches to Sustainability Studies"

Speaker: Dr. Sander van der Leeuw, Professor and Dean, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, United States

Abstract: Based on two examples, one historical and one modern, I will argue why and how one could apply a systems approach to improve our understanding of socio-environmental co-evolutions. Both these cases are about water - in the first case there is too much, and in the second too little. But the real emphasis is on how humans have changed their environment in such a way that ultimately they have got into trouble. The talk will end with some remarks about how we could do better, which were to a great extent inspired by the Japanese Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems project.

Bio-sketch: An archaeologist and historian by training, van der Leeuw taught at the universities of Leyden, Amsterdam, Cambridge (UK), and the Sorbonne before coming to the USA. His research interests include archaeological theory, ancient ceramic technologies, regional archaeology, (ancient and modern) man-land relationships, GIS and modelling, and Complex Systems Theory. He did archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. In the ‘90’s he coordinated a large-scale interdisciplinary EU funded series of projects looking at the relationship between people and their environments, and in particular at land degradation, in all the countries of the Northern Mediterranean Rim, from Greece to Portugal. In February 2004, he joined ASU as Professor of Anthropology and Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Currently, he is also Dean of the School of Sustainability and Co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at Arizona State University. He is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, a Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His publications include 16 books and over 120 papers and articles on archaeology, ancient technologies, socio-environmental and sustainability issues, as well as invention and innovation.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

October 22, 2011:

Todai Forum 2011 was organized in Paris and Lyon, France in October. I participated in Session on Facing Urban Vulnerability: New Approaches to Urban Design and Architecture held at Siège du Conseil Région Rhône-Alpes in Lyon on October 20. This session was jointly organized by the University of Tokyo, Université de Lyon, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Institut National Supérieurs de Sciences Appliquées (INSA). I discussed implications for understanding urban vulnerability from a perspective of sustainability science.

Yarime, Masaru, "Urban Vulnerability, Resilience, and Sustainability: Some Implications from Sustainability Science," Session on Facing Urban Vulnerability: New Approaches to Urban Design and Architecture, Todai Forum 2011, Siège du Conseil Région Rhône-Alpes, Lyon, France, October 20 (2011).


October 15, 2011:

UNU Seminar on Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa was held at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo on October 14. In Session on International Cooperation in Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Higher Education for Sustainability in a Globalizing World: Opportunities and Challenges for Japan-Africa Collaboration," UNU Seminar on Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa, United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan, October 14 (2011).

Based on the three-year project on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) through collaboration between Japan and African universities, we plan to launch graduate programs on sustainability in major universities in Africa soon.

 

October 12, 2011:

We had a visit by a delegation of 20 people from leading universities in Africa, including Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi in Kenya, the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the University of Ghana, the University of Zambia, and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. For the last three years we have been working together on the project on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) to start up graduate programs at African universities. The University of Tokyo has been collaborating with Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi on Community-Based Innovation for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa. We expect to help create entrepreneurs for tackling with sustainability challenges in urban areas through establishing robust business models at the societal level.

 

October 9, 2011:

The 18th Biennial International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM) Conference: Ecological Modelling for Global Change and Coupled Human and Natural Systems was held on September 20-23 in Beijing, China. At Session V on Urban Systems, we made the following presentation:

Kharrazi, Ali, and Masaru Yarime, "Quantifying Sustainability of Integrated Urban
Systems: Seeking an Optimal Balance Between Efficiency & Resilience," 18th Biennial International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM) Conference: Ecological Modelling for Global Change and Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Beijing, China, September 20-23 (2011).

 

October 9, 2011:

In Summer Semester 2011 I supervised the following master's theses and doctoral dissertation, which have been completed successfully:

Tensay, Abebe Tiga, "Network of Knowledge Generation and Transfer in Sustainability: Toward an Inclusive System Discovery Approach," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Advisor: Onuki, Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Su, Yala, The Impact of Transit Oriented Development on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Beijing: A case study of Tongzhou and Changping, Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Kunishima, Masahiko; Co-Advisor: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Som, Chanthida, "Community-Private Sector Partnership in Community-Based Ecotourism Development: Contribution to Sustainability, A Case of Chambok in Cambodia," Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Yokohari, Makoto; Co-Advisor: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Chen, Haiting, "Investigation of Infrastructure's Impacts on Rural Communities' Values in China: A Case Study of Hangzhou Bay Bridge," Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Minato, Takayuki; Co-Advisor: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Phuntsho, Loday, "Sustainability of Agriculture Land Use in Eastern Bhutan in Relation to Climatic, Topographic and Social Factors," Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Oguchi, Takashi; Co-Advisor: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Yao, Qin, "CDM: Solution or Illusion? - Evidence from Rural Jiangzhe, China," Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Todo, Yasuyuki; Co-Advisor: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Razafimahefa, Hasina Miarintsoa, "Developing a Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas: Watershed-Based Payment for Ecosystems Services in Madagascar," Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Zaal Kikvidze; Co-Advisor: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2011).

Tanaka, Yasuyuki, "The Research of Rating Method for the Movie Contents: Extraction of Value That Composes Movie and Method of Evaluating Uncertain Model" (in Japanese), Doctoral Dissertation (Principal Adviser: Hamano, Yasuki; Evaluation Committee Members: Iwata, Shuichi, Daiguji, Hirofumi, Hirota, Koichi, and Yarime, Masaru), Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, June (2011).

 

October 8, 2011:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 22 on Friday, October 7 at 18:00-19:30 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Ismael Rafols of SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) of the University of Sussex in the U.K. discussed potentials and challenges in interdisciplinary science and implications for research and educational activities in sustainability science.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 22

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 18:00-19:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building

Title: "Challenges in Interdisciplinary Science"

Speaker: Dr. Ismael Rafols, SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Biosketch:
Ismael Rafols is Research Fellow at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), the University of Sussex. He studies the emergence of hybrid scientific fields, such as bionanotechnology or synthetic biology, relying on bibliometric tools and expert interviews. His recent research focuses on the development of mapping methods to identify areas/topics of knowledge integration. He has a background in Physics (BSc, Barcelona) and a PhD in Biophysics (PhD, Tohoku Univ., Sendai, Japan).

Abstract:
In this talk, I will introduce some conceptualisation of interdisciplinarity, then will discuss a specific study. This study provides new quantitative evidence on how journal rankings can disadvantage interdisciplinary research during research evaluations. Using publication data, it compares the degree of interdisciplinarity and the research performance of innovation studies units with business and management schools in the UK. Using various mappings and metrics, this study shows that: (i) innovation studies units are consistently more interdisciplinary than business and management schools; (ii) the top journals in the Association of Business Schools’ rankings span a less diverse set of disciplines than lower ranked journals; (iii) this pattern results in a more favourable performance assessment of the business and management schools, which are more disciplinary-focused. Lastly, it demonstrates how a citation-based analysis challenges the ranking-based assessment. In summary, the investigation illustrates how ostensibly ‘excellence-based’ journal rankings have a systematic bias in favour of mono-disciplinary research. The paper concludes with a discussion of implications of these phenomena, in particular how resulting bias is likely to affect negatively the evaluation and associated financial resourcing of interdisciplinary organisations, and may encourage researchers to be more compliant with disciplinary authority.

Paper Available at:
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Users/ir28/IDR/Rafols2011-Rankings&IDR.pdf

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

October 8, 2011:

The Fourth International Tokyo Colloquium 2011 on Sustainability Science & Education: Towards Reconstruction and Rebirth was held on Wednesday, October 5 at Sky Hall in Hosei University Ichigaya Campus in Tokyo, jointly organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, and Hosei University. I participated in Working Group 5: Collaborative Innovation for Sustainable Reconstruction and Rebirth and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Creating a Platform for Sustainability Innovation through University-Industry Collaboration," 4th International Tokyo Colloquium on Sustainability Science & Education: Towards Reconstruction and Rebirth, Hosei University Ichigaya Campus, Tokyo, October 5 (2011).

 

October 8, 2011:

We organized the Eighth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on Tuesday, October 4 at the Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo. Associate Professor SAWADA Yasuyuki of the University of Tokyo reported some of the findings of a recent project on evaluating the impacts of the anti-malaria Olyset Net and discussed implications for future actions for preventing malaria in Africa.

Eighth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 18:30-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Impact Evaluation of Olyset Net: IDE-JETRO Project on LLlN in Madagascar"

Speaker: Yasuyuki Sawada and Junichi Yamasaki, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

October 8, 2011:

Clean Green Forum 2011 in Tokyo - Investors and Advisors Meet UP was held on Thursday, September 29 at Thomson Reuters in Tokyo. I talked about recent issues and topics in the field of sustainability innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Recent Issues and Topics in the Field of Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Clean Green Forum 2011 in Tokyo - Investors and Advisors Meet Up, Thomson Reuters, Tokyo, September 29 (2011).

 

September 30, 2011:

Our recent article has turned out to be the third most downloaded article in the academic journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Elsevier) in the period of April to June 2011.

Dijk, Marc, and Masaru Yarime, "The Emergence of Hybrid-Electric Cars: Innovation Path Creation through Co-evolution of Supply and Demand," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 (8), 1371-1390 (2010).


September 27, 2011:

The following article has been just published in the academic journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (Elsevier):

Jupesta, Joni, Rizaldi Boer, Govindan Parayil, Yuko Harayama, Masaru Yarime, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, and Suneetha M. Subramanian, "Managing the Transition to Sustainability in an Emerging Economy: Evaluating Green Growth Policies in Indonesia," Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 1 (2), 187-191 (2011).

 

September 24, 2011:

UNU Seminar on Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa will be held on Friday, October 14 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo. In Session on International Cooperation in Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Africa I will discuss opportunities and challenges for Japan-Africa collaboration in higher education for sustainability in the context of a globalizing World. Everyone will be welcome to participate in this seminar.


September 24, 2011:

The Fourth International Tokyo Colloquium 2011 on Sustainability Science & Education: Towards Reconstruction and Rebirth will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at Sky Hall in Hosei University Ichigaya Campus in Tokyo. This colloquium is organized to establish a collaborative platform for sustainability science through partnerships between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, and Hosei University. I will participate in Working Group 5: Collaborative Innovation for Sustainable Reconstruction and Rebirth. If you are interested in this issue, please join us.

 

September 24, 2011:

Clean Green Forum 2011 in Tokyo - Investors and Advisors Meet UP will be held on Thursday, September 29 at Thomson Reuters in Tokyo. I will talk about recent trends and challenges on sustainability and innovation. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Venue: Thomson Reuters, 30/F Akasaka Biz Tower (5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

 

September 22, 2011:

Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2011 was held on September 15-17 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In this conference I chaired Session 5.e: Research Funding Organisations and Their Effects on the Science System: The Case of the European Research Council and made the following presentation in Session 10.c: Economic Capacity and Science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Dynamics of Sustainability Innovation Systems: Implications from Case Studies," Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, September 15-17 (2011).

Georgia Institute of Technology has become a major hub of research activities on science, technology, and innovation policy in the United States.


September 15, 2011:

The following article will be published soon in the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (SAGE):

Yarime, Masaru, and Yuko Tanaka, "The Issues and Methodologies in Sustainability Assessment Tools for Higher Educational Institutions: A Review of Recent Trends and Future Challenges," Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, forthcoming.

 

September 12, 2011:

The book Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology will be published soon by Kobundo in Tokyo. In this dictionary I have contributed an article on Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), in Munesuke Mita, Masachi Osawa, Shunya Yoshimi, and Kiyokazu Washida, eds., Contemporary Dictionary of Sociology, Tokyo: Kobundo, forthcoming.

 

September 10, 2011:

The following article will be published soon in the academic journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (Elsevier):

Jupesta, Joni, Rizaldi Boer, Govindan Parayil, Yuko Harayama, Masaru Yarime, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, and Suneetha M. Subramanian, "Managing the Transition to Sustainability in an Emerging Economy: Evaluating Green Growth Policies in Indonesia," Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, forthcoming.

 

September 10, 2011:

The following article will be published soon in the academic journal Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal:

McIntosh, Malcolm, Vesselin Popovski, and Masaru Yarime, "Editorial: Special Issue on Sustainable Decision-Making in a Time of Crisis: Public and Private Perspectives," Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, forthcoming.

 

September 10, 2011:

The book Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action will be published soon by Palgrave Macmillan in the United Kingdom. In that book I have written the following articles:

Yarime, Masaru, “Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainability Science: A Perspective Based on Research and Educational Experiences,” in Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), ed., Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

Fadeeva, Zinaida, Laima Galkute, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Miguel Chakon, and Masaru Yarime, "University Appraisal for Diversity, Innovation and Change towards Sustainable Development: Can it be done?" in Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), ed., Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

 

September 10, 2011:

The Japanese book Sustainability and Peace will be published soon by Kokusai Shoin in Tokyo. To this book I contributed the following article:

Yarime, Masaru, "From a Perspective of Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), in Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Yasushi Katsuma, eds., Sustainability and Peace, Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin, forthcoming.

I also translated the following article written by Professor Dennis Meadows:

Dennis Meadows (Ogawa, Naoko, and Masaru Yarime, trans.), "Implications of Limits to Growth for Peace," in Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Yasushi Katsuma, eds., Sustainability and Peace, Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin, forthcoming.

 

September 9, 2011:

I visited the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) France of the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris, France on Friday, September 2 and made the following lecture at Observatoire des Données du Développement Durable (O3D):

Yarime, Masaru, "Understanding Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima: A Perspective from Sustainability Science," Observatoire des Données du Développement Durable (O3D), Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) France, Paris, France, September 2 (2011).

We had very fruitful discussions on the implications of the recent disaster for science, technology, economy, policy, and institutions. The governance systems in Japan and France seem to have similar characteristics.

 

September 9, 2011:

I visited the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) in Lyon, France on Thursday, September 1. Currently I'm working with Dr. Marie Augendre, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Lyon II to make a research proposal "Circulation and Reframing of Information in Seismic Extreme Situations (CRISES)" and discussed with Professor Jean-Yves Toussaint, Director of CNRS UMR 5600 Environnement, Ville, Société, for research collaboration in the future.

 

September 9, 2011:

Global Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management (Global TraPs) Project Workshop III - Setting the Stage for P Research: Identifying Guiding Questions, Critical Issues and Case Studies was held on August 29-30 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. I have been involved in the Global TraPs project as Node Leader (Science) on Dissipation and Recycling. In this workshop I made the following presentation and organized discussions among leading researchers and practitioners working actively in this field around the world:

Yarime, Masaru, Daniel Lang, and Andrea Ulrich, "Working Group Session: Node on Dissipation and Recycling," Global Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management (Global TraPs) Project Workshop III - Setting the Stage for P Research: Identifying Guiding Questions, Critical Issues and Case Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, August 29-30 (2011).

It would be very interesting as a methodology of sustainability science to trace the global life cycle of one material, phosphorus (P), to identify the relevant actors involved at different phases and to examine scientific, technological, economic, and social dimensions.

 

September 9, 2011:

Energy Saving and Disaster Management EXPO 2011 was held in Akita-shi, Akita on Friday, August 26. I made the following lecture:

Yarime, Masaru, "Proposals for a Sustainable World" (in Japanese), Energy Saving and Disaster EXPO 2011, Akita-shi, Akita, Japan, August 26 (2011).

 

August 10, 2011:

The 2011 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School "Learning from Japan's Experiences on Urban Sustainability" was held on Monday, August 8 at the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. I gave the following lecture and discussed with young researchers participating from countries around the world including Asia.

Yarime, Masaru, "Concepts and Methodologies in Sustainability Science and Implications for Urban Sustainability," 2011 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers' School, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, August 8 (2011).

 

August 10, 2011:

The Advisory Committee for Research on the Current Situation of Uses of Movie Sites on the Internet, which I joined as one of the members, has just published the Final Report. Movie sites on the Internet have provided opportunities for individuals to create their own music and to listen to others' music, facilitating matching activities between supplies and demands among them. A crucial challenge is to establish an appropriate system in which the benefits created through these activities will be shared and sustained from a long-term perspective.

 

August 7, 2011:

The following article has been just published in Our World 2.0 of the United Nations University:

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Investing at the Bottom of the Pyramid for Sustainable Development," Our World 2.0, July 25 (2011).

 

August 7, 2011:

The Ninth meeting of the Research Group on Green Innovation, organized by Professor UETA Kazuhiro of the Graduate School of Economics of Kyoto University, was held on Thursday, August 4 at Gakushi Kaikan in Tokyo. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to Recent Trends in Research on Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Ninth Meeting, Research Group on Green Innovation, Gakushi Kaikan, Tokyo, August 4 (2011).

 

August 1, 2011:

As a part of the Third International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2011) organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Expert Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Asia-Pacific Region was held in Yokohama on July 25-26, jointly organized by IGES and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Working as Facilitator for the Open Discussion on Identifying Success Factors and Barriers in ESD Implementation, I also made the following presentation and facilitated discussions with the leading experts in Asia in this field.

Yarime, Masaru, "Discussion on Development of Conceptual Framework for Research on ESD Indicators," Expert Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Asia-Pacific Region, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Tokyo, July 25-26 (2011).

 

July 31, 2011:

We organized the fourth meeting of Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Group on Thursday, July 21 in the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. ICHIKAWA Yoshiaki of Hitachi, currently Chair of TC 111 of IEC, discussed recent trends in international standardization in environmental fields with a particular focus on smart city.

Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Group, Fourth Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 17:30-19:30

Venue: Administration Bureau Building No. 2, Room 623, Graduate School of Public Policy, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

"Recent Trends in International Standardization on Smart City"

Dr. ICHIKAWA Yoshiaki, Senior Chief Engineer, Environmental Strategy Office, Hitachi, Ltd., and IEC TC 111 Chair

Discussion with Participants

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 15, 2011:

The International Workshop on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on Wednesday, July 5 in Tokyo. In this workshop I chaired the Session B2: Various Countries' Policy and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Policies for Promoting Innovation on Climate Change," International Workshop on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Tokyo, Japan, July 5 (2011).

The International Symposium on IPCC AR5 was also held on July 6 in Tokyo. In this symposium I participated in the Panel Discussion and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Transferring Solar LED Lanterns to Africa: Implications for Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions," International Symposium on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Tokyo, Japan, July 6 (2011).

As AR5 is expected to be released in 2014, we discussed national and international policies and technology transfer to be dealt with in Working Group III, which focuses on the mitigation of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, with Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs) and Lead Authors (LAs) participating from Japan and overseas.

 

July 1, 2011:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 21 on Thursday, July 7 at 13:00-14:30 at Lecture Room 2 on the second floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes of the School of Public Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. will discuss the institutional evolution and establishment of environmental finance from an international perspective. If you are interested, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 21

Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 13:00-14:30
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Second Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: The Architecture of Carbon Markets: The Institution of Resource to Finance Conversion

Speaker: Janelle Knox-Hayes, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Education:
Ph.D., Geography and Environment (Fields: Economic Geography, Environmental Finance), University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 2009.
M.S. (Distinction), Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2006.
B.A. (Distinction), Ecology/Evolutionary Biology (Summa Cum Laude), International Affairs, and Japanese Language and Civilizations, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, December 2004.

Abstract:
Human and natural systems are becoming increasingly mismatched in their scale of operation and reproduction. Problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss have arisen from the lack of synchrony between economic and environmental systems.  In response, policy makers are turning increasing attention to environmental finance, the pricing of environmental goods and externalities through financial mechanisms. I seek to investigate the initiation and evolution of environmental finance in Asia, through investigation of financial centers, their organizations, actors and processes. The proposed study analyzes the institutionalization of environmental finance by investigating its initiation in five prominent Asian financial centers: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Beijing/Tianjin.  Specifically, the analytical focus lies on the financial service networks in these cities as elucidated through interviews with financial experts.  Environmental finance is just being initiated in Asia.  However, Asia provides an important context for investigation into how financial products and services are transferred across cultural boundaries. In addition, preliminary evidence suggests that carbon financial services are finding more purchase in Asia than the United States in wake of the recent financial crisis.  As environmental finance grows and becomes more important, this could signal a shift of financial power from the Western to the Eastern financial centers.  In relation to these interests, I plan to investigate three key questions: 1) how is environmental finance institutionalized and how does it operate, 2) is Asian environmental finance innovative or an extension of existing financial channels and logics, and 3) in what ways do developing environmental finance systems incorporate spatial and temporal dimensions?  The project builds directly off of research I have conducted on emissions markets in the US and Europe, allowing for the extension of empirical results and the development and refinement of theory.  As an initial step in this research I seek to conduct preliminary studies in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore during the first half of 2011.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

June 22, 2011:

An international symposium will be organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on Wednesday, July 6 in Tokyo to discuss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). As AR5 is expected to be released in 2014, we will discuss issues to be dealt with in Working Group III, which focuses on the mitigation of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

 

June 22, 2011:

The book Engaging with Environmental Justice: Governance, Education and Citizenship has been just published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in the United Kingdom. The following chapter has been written by Ms. Carla Alvial-Palavicino and me:

Alvial-Palavicino, Carla, and Masaru Yarime, "Sharing and Shaping Perceptions: Dialogues with Expertise in the Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies," in Matthew Cotton and Bernardo Heisler Motta, eds., Engaging with Environmental Justice: Governance, Education and Citizenship, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 189-200 (2011).

 

June 21, 2011:

I visited the Paris office of Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC) to discuss the possibility of collaboration with regard to collection and sharing of various kinds of data related to sustainability. I had a fruitful discussion with Professor Jean-Pierre Caliste of UTC, who is also the President of Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) France, on the concepts and methodologies which would be necessary to investigate sustainability science.


June 21, 2011:

I visited the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris on June 18 to discuss with Dr. Yoko Mochizuki, Programme Specialist of the Section of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), how to promote ESD widely in society. As the traditional community of education and other sectors in society including industry and policy makers might not necessarily have had enough communication with each other in the past, it would be of critical importance to develop and elaborate concepts for establishing common agenda so that various stakeholders can collaborate together.


June 21, 2011:

I had a meeting with experts on human resources, Mr. Jeff Wilson, Mr. Yinka R. Adebayo, and Dr. Makoto Suwa, at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16. We discussed potential collaboration for training for those coming from developing countries on climate change and disaster management through the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) at the University of Tokyo.


June 21, 2011:

The Second International Conference on Sustainability Transitions was held on June 13-15 at Lund University in Sweden. In Session C11 - The Role of Firms and Industry in Transitions, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Innovation as a Social Process of Knowledge Transformation," Second International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, June 13-15 (2011).

This was a great opportunity to combine the knowledge and experience accumulated in the two communities of sustainability science and innovation studies, which basically have evolved rather independently without so much interaction with each other.


June 21, 2011:

I visited Nairobi, Kenya from June 6-12 to conduct a case study for the Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The case for examination is the business of developing and diffusing, and utilizing solar LED lantern developed by Sanyo Electric. I also stayed in a small village in Embu, where most of the houses do not have access to electricity, to see the potentials and obstacles in replacing kerosene lamps with solar LED lanterns. It would be very important to investigate how to establish a sustainable business model by integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the bottom-of-pyramid (BOP) strategy. A crucial aspect of the project is to make an impact assessment of the products introduced in the field with regard to environmental, economic, and social aspects, which would be essential to move towards sustainability.

 

May 28, 2011:

Mr. Robert Vazille of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) France of the International Council for Science (ICSU) visited the Kashiwa campus on Thursday, May 27. We had a very fruitful discussion with regard to establishing a forum to collect, share, and exchange data and information on issues related to sustainability science. We plan to promote collaboration between academia, industry, and the public sector with Todai Business and Innovation for Sustainability (T-BIS) and Observatoire des Données du Développement Durable (O3D).


May 26, 2011:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 20 on Thursday, May 26 at 13:00-14:30 at Lecture Room 2 on the second floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. The speaker was Professor Philippe Gorry of the Medical School of the University of Bordeaux in France. We discussed the challenges in promoting innovations on orphan drugs for rare diseases and their implications for the sustainability of the public health system.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 20

Date: Thursday, May 26
Time: 13:00-14:30
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Second Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "How to Conceal the Cost of Innovation and the Sustainability of Public Health System: The Example of Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases"

Speaker: Philippe GORRY, MD-PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Medical School, University of Bordeaux, France

Biography:
Philippe GORRY, MD-PhD, Associate Prof. of Cell Biology at the Medical School of the University of Bordeaux (France). Trained in medical genetic, his research field was on cancer-prone rare diseases & he is an inventor with several patents on transgenic mice. For many years, he has been Vice-Dean for technology transfer, administrator of the university incubator, and past-funding & executive director of Aquitaine-Valo technology transfer office of the University of Bordeaux. Member of several national and international, scientific and tech transfer societies, he is working as an expert on biotechnology for governmental or private organization (ESHG, NIH-OTT, OECD,...). He served as a the President of the association of French university technology managers, "Réseau C.U.R.I.E."., as well as board members of the Licensing Executive Society – France. Last year, he joined the laboratory of economics GREThA and undertook research projects on patent mapping & IP assets valuation with a focus on orphan drug market (http://gretha.u-bordeaux4.fr/-gorry-philippe- ). This work is supported by FP7 research program FINNOV and through the support of the Natl. Res. Agency (ANR) program GEDI (http://gedi.gerpisa.org/ ). Finally, he is involved in the development of a financial and patent intelligence facility so called ViaInno (http://viainno.gretha.u-bordeaux4.fr/ ).

Abstract:
Rare disorders is the name of diseases, with varied etiology and low-prevalence for the majority of which there is no treatment available. About 5,000 identified diseases are classed as "orphan" due to the absence of response in terms of diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Drug development for these diseases has been limited by a lack of understanding of the pathophysiology mechanisms and the prohibitive cost of investing in a novel drug with poor market potential. Orphan drugs (OD) is the term quoted to those drugs intended for the treatment of rare diseases and which qualify as drugs scientifically viable but not viable from an economic point. To encourage the development of such drugs for rare syndromes, OD legislation was put in place in the European Union (EU) in 2000 and were inspired from the US model where an OD legislation dates back to 1983. Today, with the assignment of more than 500 OD designations by the FDA and EMEA, these incentives have contributed to the development of many innovative biotechnology products. While the EU OD act is encompassing its 10th anniversary in 2010, we might ask if the OD market exclusivity provision was the strongest of ODA incentives? Indeed ODs give opportunities for pharma firms moving into more niche designations away from mass market at a time, the blockbuster business model have troubles constraining Big Pharma companies to find new markets & sources of profits. The increased availability of OD with their high cost raises debate surrounding their affordability & cost-effectiveness, & so their public funding by national health services & innovation systems.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

May 20, 2011:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 19 on Friday, May 20 at 16:30-18:30 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. Everybody is welcome to attend the seminar.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 19

Date: Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 16:30-18:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "The Role of Religious Community in Recycling: Empirical Insights from Malaysia"

Speaker: Dr. Zeeda F. Mohamad, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, University Malaya, Malaysia

Abstract:
Optimism on the power of religion to create large-scale and deep-seated ecological transformation (Foltz et. al, 2003; Tucker and Williams, 1997; Chapple and Tucker, 2000; Hessel and Ruether, 2000) plus the strong religious socio-demographics of the country (Sharifah Zaleha and Hezri, 2009) has encouraged ideas on the important role of religious communities in the adoption of environmental practices in Malaysia. However, these are mostly discussed at the theoretical and conceptual level with little systematic empirical observation on the ground. Moreover, the role of religious communities in Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) is extremely limited in the mainstream literature, with only a few exceptions (Arafat, 2010, Al-Khatib et al,2009).This paper aims to reduce this gap by providing some early empirical evidence on the potential role of religious communities to enhance public adoption of recycling as a form of environmental practice. From a set of successful cases in Malaysia, we can observe that the advantages that such communities possess can be viewed in several ways: the systematic way in which they operate; their ability to conduct long-term programmes; their unique organisational structure; their multiple motivational drivers for recycling and their collective potential to expand their programmes to various parts of the larger community. The findings have also shown that the potential role of religious communities in environmental practices, such as recycling, also need to be understood from the viewpoint of specific socio-religious elements of a particular community to support different aspects of a recycling programme.

References:
Al-Khatib, I. A., H. A. Arafat, et al. (2009). "Enhanced solid waste management by understanding the effects of gender, income, marital status, and religious convictions on attitudes and practices related to street littering in Nablus - Palestinian territory." Waste Management 29(1): 449-455.
Arafat, H. S. (2010). Can Religion Serve as a catalyst for sustainable waste management? Islam as case study 11th Mediterranean Research Meeting Florence and Montecani Terme
Foltz, C. K., Denny, F. M. and Baharuddin, A. (eds) (2003) Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust. Boston: Harvard University Press
Tucker, M. E. and Williams, D. R. (eds) (1997) Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnected of Dharma and Deeds. Boston: Harvard University Press
Chappel, C. K. and Tucker, M. E. (eds) (2000) Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Water and Sky. Boston: Harvard University Press
Hessel, D. T. and Ruether, R. R. (eds) (2000) Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of the Earth and Humans. Harvard University Press
Syarifah Zaleha, S. H. and Hezri, A. (eds.) (2009) Religion and the environmental challenges: Voices from Malaysia. LESTARI.

 

Title: "Evolution of Capabilities in Agribusiness: The Case of the Mexican Daily Sector"

Speaker: Dr. Rocio Alvarez Tinoco, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Abstract:
The aim of this thesis is to investigate how capabilities are created, accumulated and evolved as dairy farmers and dairy processors interact with other actors (e.g. suppliers, government organisations, research organisations, universities, MNCs, etc.) in three Mexican dairy regions in the Mexican dairy sector (MDS). The MDS plays an important part in mitigating the social problem of malnutrition in low-income families and reducing peasant migration. In particular, this thesis analyses the processes of capabilities building to integrate the value chains of those firms in complex socio-economic and technological systems. In these processes, regional actors, their networks and institutions have played major interdependent roles during globalisation following the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA (i.e. 1994-2004), which ended a long period of imports substituting industrialisation regime. This thesis proposes the concept of sector-specific regional capabilities (i.e. regional capabilities) and an analytical framework based on this concept in order to fill gaps in the literature on evolutionary economics, firm, organisation and strategy and regional innovation systems. The thesis investigates the integration of the micro (firms) and meso (regions) levels of capabilities development in agribusiness in a developing context. The research builds upon four main theoretical approaches: 1) dynamic capabilities of firms; 2) regional system of innovation, including regional capabilities, 3) sectoral systems of innovation; and 4) a function-based approach to comparing regional performance in capabilities building aimed at improving policy making. By combining elements of these approaches, this research articulates the logic of the coevolution of routines into improved and new capabilities within farms and dairy processors (i.e. intra-organisational capabilities) and between these actors and other organisations (i.e. inter-organisational capabilities), which carried out collective activities and processes involving learning.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

May 19, 2011:

We organized the third meeting of Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Group on Wednesday, May 18 at the Tokyo Office of White & Case LLP.

Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Group, Third Meeting

Date: May 18, 18:00-20:00

Venue: White & Case LLP, Tokyo Office

18:00-18:45 "Recent Topics on Finance and the Environment," Mr. TAKEGAHARA Keisuke, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Promotion Office, Research & Design Department, Development Bank of Japan

18:45-19:30 "Industrial Organization, Finance, and Innovation: The Case of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Section 1603," Mr. SAITO Jun, Nikon Corporation

19:30-20:00 Discussion

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

May 14, 2011:

The 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference was held at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York on May 8-10. At the conference I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, " Encouraging Sustainability Innovation through a Process of Knowledge Transformation in Society," 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, United States, May 8-10 (2011).

Mutisya, Emmanuel, and Masaru Yarime, "Urban Sustainability, Microfinance Technologies and Public Services: The Case of Nairobi, Kenya," 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, United States, May 8-10 (2011).

 

Currently I'm involved in the Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to conduct a case study of an inclusive business model implemented by a Japanese firm. In New York I also visited UNDP Headquarters to have a discussion meeting with the GIM team.

 

April 30, 2011:

The book Automobility in Transition? A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport will be published soon by Routledge. In this book I have written the following chapter:

Orsato, Renato J., Marc Dijk, Rene Kemp, and Masaru Yarime, “The Electrification of Automobility: The Bumpy Ride of Electric Vehicles towards Regime Transition,” in Frank Geels, Rene Kemp, Geoff Dudley, and Glenn Lyons, eds., Automobility in Transition? A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport, London: Routledge, forthcoming.

 

April 28, 2011:

The book Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach has been just published by the United Nations University Press. In this book I have written the following chapter:

Yarime, Masaru, “Exploring Sustainability Science: Knowledge, Institutions, and Innovation,” in Hiroshi Komiyama, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama, and Takashi Mino, eds., Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 98-111 (2011).

 

April 28, 2011:

I have joined the Advisory Committee for Research on the Current Situation of Uses of Movie Sites on the Internet, organized by the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). We will make advice and suggestions on the survey research conducted by RIAJ on how movie sites are used on the internet for considering implications for the future of the content industry.

 

April 26, 2011:

The following article has been published recently in the academic journal Nanotechnology Perceptions:

Yarime, Masaru, "Understanding Sustainability Innovation as a Social Process of Knowledge Transformation," Nanotechnology Perceptions, 6 (3), 143-153 (2010).

 

April 25, 2011:

I gave the following lecture for You & Earth Lecture at UBS Securities Japan on Monday, April 25 in Tokyo:

Yarime, Masaru, "Encouraging Sustainability Innovation through Social Collaboration" (in Japanese), You & Earth Lecture, UBS Securities Japan, Tokyo, April 25 (2011).

 

April 25, 2011:

I have joined the Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP) of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo as a Supporting Faculty Member. I will teach the course "Sustainability Strategy II."

 

April 20, 2011:

Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) edited the book, Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action, which will be published soon by Palgrave Macmillan. In that book I have written the following article:

Fadeeva, Zinaida, Laima Galkute, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Miguel Chakon, and Masaru Yarime, "University Appraisal for Diversity, Innovation and Change towards Sustainable Development: Can it be done?" in Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), ed., Higher Education in the World 4: Higher Education Committed to Sustainability - From Understanding to Action, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

 

April 3, 2011:

In the academic year 2010-2011 I supervised the following Master's theses, which have been completed successfully:

Suzuki, Ryoko, "Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility for Millennium Development Goals: Planning Projects for Business Opportunities and Sustainability," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Advisor: Kunishima, Masahiko), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2011).

Tanaka, Yuko, "Comparative Analysis on Sustainability Assessment and Reporting Frameworks for Higher Education Institutions," Master's Thesis (Principal Advisor: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Advisor: Sato, Jin), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2011).

Enoki, Minami, "Sustainability of Culture as a Dynamics Process: Transformation of Knowledge in Urushi Industry in Japan," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-adviser: Sato, Jin), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2011).

Takahashi, Miyuki, "Sustainability Analysis of Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yanagisawa, Yukio; Co-adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2011).

Alvial Palavicino, Carla Maria Elizabeth, "The Role of Expertise in the Co-Production of Sustainable Technologies: A Case Study on Knowledge Dynamics from Microgrids Development in a Rural Community in Chile," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yarime, Masaru; Co-Advisor: Iwata, Shuichi), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2010).

Xu, Qing, "Technological Innovation System of Membrane Bioreactor in China," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Onuki, Motoharu; Co-adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2010).

Aliyanti, Kurnia, "Analyzing Impact of Grass Root ODA Program on Community Capacity Development towards Sustainability," Master's Thesis, (Principal Adviser: Todo, Yasuyuki; Co-adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2010).

Md. Abdul, Latif, "A Study on Effectiveness of Field Water Tube as a Practical Indicator to Irrigate SRI Rice Field in Alternate Wetting and Drying Irrigation Management Practice," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: Yamaji, Eiji; Co-adviser: Yarime, Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2010).

Ms. SUZUKI Ryoko has received the Dean's Award of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences for her academic achievement.

 

April 2, 2011:

From March 16 - 26 I stayed at Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA) of the University of Bordeaux IV, Bordeaux, France as Visiting Professor. I gave lectures to graduate students as well as the following research seminars:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sectoral Studies of Environmental Innovation: Cases of the Chemical, Materials, Automotive, and Electronic Industries," Research Seminar, Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA), University of Bordeaux IV, Bordeaux, France, March 17 (2011).

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science: Transforming University as a Platform for Innovation through Social Experimentation between Academia, Industry, and the Public Sector," Research Seminar, Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA), University of Bordeaux IV, Bordeaux, France, March 22 (2011).

 

April 2, 2011:

International Workshop on Problem-Based Learning in Sustainability Programs was held on March 9 - 10 in Tempe, Arizona in the United States, organized by School of Sustainability of Arizona State University (ASU). With other participants coming from the United States, Europe, and Africa, I presented our activities at the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) at the University of Tokyo at Session on Exemplary PBL Courses from Different Sustainability Programs.

Yarime, Masaru, "Problem-Based Learning for Integrating Education, Research, and Contribution to Society for Sustainability: University as a Platform for Social Experimentation through Stakeholder Collaboration," International Workshop on Problem-Based Learning in Sustainability Programs, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States, March 9-10 (2011).

 

April 2, 2011:

The Second International Conference on Sustainability Science in Asia (ICSS Asia) was held on March 2 - 4 in Hanoi, Vietnam, organized by the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo (UT), and Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU), and co-organized by the Asian Institute of Technology Vietnam (AITVN) and United Nations University (UNU). I organized Session on Sustainability Innovation and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Bringing forth Global Sustainability Innovation through Collaboration between Academia, Industry, and the Public Sector," Session on Sustainability Science, Second International Conference on Sustainability Science in Asia (ICSS Asia), Vietnam National University (VNU) Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam, March 2-4 (2011).

 

April 2, 2011:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Seminar 2 on February 24 at World Bank Tokyo Office Public Information Center in Tokyo. This seminar is intended to encourage discussions among participants coming from academia, industry, and the public sector on the possibility of utilizing university as a platform for social collaboration and experimentation for creating innovations for sustainable cities in Japan and overseas.

Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Seminar 2

Date: February 24, 2011, 17:00-19:00

Venue: World Bank Tokyo Office Public Information Center, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Introduction: YARIME Masaru

Title: Exploring Sustainable City Design: The Experience of Scenario Building for 25% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Japan by 2020 for a Sustainable City"

Speaker: FUJINO Junichi, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Japan

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

April 2, 2011:

The Third Kick-off Research Meeting of the Research Project on Sustainability and Humanities was held on Tuesday, February 22 at Yayoi Auditorium of the University of Tokyo. With moderation by Professor MATSUMOTO Miwao of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociologies, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Knowledge in Sustainability Science: Science, Society, and the Third Wave," Third Kick-off Research Meeting, Research Project on Sustainability and Humanities, Yayoi Auditorium, University of Tokyo, February 22 (2011).

 

February 7, 2011:

I gave a special lecture for the course on Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries at the Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS) at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology on Saturday, February 5:

Yarime, Masaru, "Business Strategy, Public Policy, and Institutional Design for Sustainability Innovation," Special Lecture for the Course on Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries, Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, February 5 (2011).

We discussed that it is becoming increasingly important to establish business models at societal levels through collaboration and experimentation with stakeholders in society, making a shift from business models at individual corporate levels, for designing and implementing sustainability innovations.

 

February 3, 2011:

Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2011 was held on January 23-25 at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. I participated as a Keynote Speaker in Plenary Session on Scanning Research Horizons on Learning Issues in Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, "University as a Platform for Sustainability Innovation through Societal Collaboration and Experimentation between Academia, Industry, and the Public Sector," Keynote Speech, Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2011, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, January 23-25 (2011).

 

The 114th HSP Seminar on Human Security and Business in Africa was held at the Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP) of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo. Following the Lecturer's presentation on a case study of Tanzania, I participated as a Discussant in discussing the issue of land ownership as a basis of human security and its implications for development in Africa.

The 114th HSP Seminar on Human Security and Business in Africa

Date: Monday, January 31, 2010, 17:00-19:00

Venue: Collaboration Room 1, 4F of Bldg.18, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo

Lecturer: Hiromi Amemiya (Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Toyama University; Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)

Commentator: Yoichi Mine (Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University) and Makoto Maruyama (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)

Discussant: Masaru Yarime (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo)

Organizers: Graduate Program on Human Security, University of Tokyo (HSP); Research Center for Sustainable Peace, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo; Research Center for Sustainable Development, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo; and Center for African Studies, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo

 

January 11, 2011:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Seminar 1 on Friday, January 14 at the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. Participants coming from academia, industry, and the public sector discussed the possibility of utilizing university as a platform for societal collaboration and experimentation for creating innovations for sustainable cities in Japan and overseas.

Kashiwa Sustainable City Research Seminar 1

Date: January 14, 2011, 17:00-19:00

Venue: Meeting Room 2 (235), Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Introduction: YARIME Masaru, "Sustainability and Innovation"

Title: Theory and Practice of the Development of Energy Saving Algorithms for Commercial Facilities: The Case of Lawson"

Speaker: MAGORI Bumpei, Research Fellow, Yashiro Lab, Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 30, 2010:

The following article will be published soon in the academic journal Nanotechnology Perceptions:

Yarime, Masaru, "Understanding Sustainability Innovation as a Social Process of Knowledge Transformation," Nanotechnology Perceptions, forthcoming.

 

December 29, 2010:

The fourth CEIDS Academic Seminar was held on Tuesday, December 28 at the Center of Environmental Innovation Design for Sustainability (CEIDS) of Osaka University. I gave the following lecture:

Yarime, Masaru, "Possibilities and Challenges in Innovation Systems Approaches for Sustainability Science," Fourth CEIDS Academic Seminar, Center of Environmental Innovation Design for Sustainability (CEIDS), Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, December 28 (2010).

 

December 26, 2010:

The book Sustainability Science, Volume 1: Creation of Sustainability Science will be published in early January 2011 by the University of Tokyo Press as part of the five-volume series on Sustainability Science (in Japanese). I have contributed to the book a chapter on innovation and sustainability science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Innovation and Sustainability Science: Utilizing Science and Technology" (in Japanese), in Komiyama, Hiroshi, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Akimasa Sumi, Keisuke Hanaki, and Nobuo Mimura, eds., Sustainability Science, Volume 1: Creation of Sustainability Science, Five-Volume Series on Sustainability Science, Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press (2011).

 

December 25, 2010:

Final presentation of business plans in the Workshop on Designing Sustainability at i.school of the University of Tokyo was held on Friday, December 17. I participated in the session as a commentator with other participants from the industry. It was very impressive that many of the proposals of social enterprise were addressing the values and consciousness of people in society, rather than directly dealing with energy and materials.

 

December 16, 2010:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 18 on Wednesday, December 22. Mr. Darek Gondor at the Editorial Office of the journal Sustainability Science will discuss the editorial process of the journal and consider implications for how to improve your research papers for publication. If you are interested, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 18

Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Time: 16:00-17:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Publishing a research paper: The editorial process from submission to decision at Sustainability Science

Speaker: Darek Gondor, Editorial Office, Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo, and Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University

Abstract:
What happens to your paper after you submit it to a journal?  How do editors choose what to publish?  What small mistakes persuade editors to reject a paper?  There is no substitute for good research results or a clearly expressed argument which is put on paper by researchers, but many good ideas are rejected by editors because they are not logically written, don't connect to previous research in the area, or many other reasons.  This seminar describes the editing process of Sustainability Science journal, and summarizes a checklist of important features of submissions that have an impact on the decision to publish.  Finally an abstract writing activity will be held, where participants will have a chance to prepare an abstract for submission!

Biography:
Darek Gondor is an editorial associate at the Institute for Sustainability and Peace in Tokyo and responsible for administrative and editorial functions of the journal Sustainability Science (in affiliation with University of Tokyo). He has worked in several capacities as an editor, teacher, researcher and freelance writer, including as a contributor to the Daily Yomiuri, a science writer at the University of Guelph, and as a research analyst at Environment Canada. Darek Gondor holds degrees in ecology and public administration focusing on environmental policy. His academic interests centre on application of human behavioural ecology and psychology principles to environmental problems.  In his free time he enjoys reading and playing sports.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 15, 2010:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 17 on Wednesday, December 16 at Environmental Building of the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. The speaker was Professor Truong Quang Hoc of the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES) of Vietnam National University, who discussed past achievements and future challenges for sustainable development in Vietnam.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 17

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Sustainable Development of Vietnam: Achievements, Challenges and Future Orientation

Speaker: Prof. DSc. Truong Quang Hoc, Chairman, Science and Training Council, Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 14, 2010:

The Sixth Workshop on Alternative University Appraisal (AUA) was held on December 10-11 at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, organized by ProSPER.Net. We are currently developing a university evaluation system for incorporating sustainability in education, research, governance, and societal outreach so that appropriate incentives will be given to universities and individual researchers. We intend to test a prototype model of sustainability evaluation for university in various countries in Asia in the future.

 

I also made a seminar on possibilities and challenges in education, research, and societal collaboration in the field of sustainability science at the Graduate School of Education at Yonsei University.

Yarime, Masaru, "Possibilities and Challenges in Sustainability Science: Education, Research, and Societal Collaboration," International Seminar, Graduate School of Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, December 11 (2010).

 

December 13, 2010:

Nissan Workshop in Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2010 was held on December 4-13 in Shonan Village Center in Hayama, Kanagawa. I organized a session on innovation and sustainability with a lecture and an exercise.

Yarime, Masaru, "Module 5: Innovation and Sustainability," Nissan Workshop in Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS): Sustainable Cities and Mobility in 2050, Shonan Village Center, Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan, December 9 (2010).

 

December 5, 2010:

The Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) organized a workshop on Discovering Social Wishes through Systemic Observation for Innovation in the Age of Sustainability on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Following the presentation of the agenda by Professor YOSHIKAWA Hiroyuki, Director of CRDS, I made the following presentation as a response to the agenda:

Yarime, Masaru, "Possibilities and Challenges in Systems Approaches to Sustainability Innovation," Workshop on Discovering Social Wishes through Systemic Observation for Innovation in the Age of Sustainability, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo, December 4 (2010).

Participants coming from academia, industry, and public organizations had group discussions and made some concrete recommendations for implementing the agenda in the future.

 

December 1, 2010:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 16 on Friday, December 3 at 17:00-18:30 at Lecture Room 3 of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Steven Kraines of Science Integration Program of the University of Tokyo will discuss how to communicate various types of knowledge effectively and efficiently through computers, which will have significant implications for conducting education, research, and societal collaboration in the inter-/trans-disciplinary field of sustainability science. Anybody will be welcome to attend this seminar.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 16

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Communicating Knowledge through Computers: Implications for Sustainability Science - An open call for participation in a society-wide experiment: taking charge of the fates of the knowledge we create through research

Speaker: Steven Kraines, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Science Integration Program, Department of Frontier Sciences and Science Integration, The University of Tokyo

Abstract: Young researchers need more effective ways to communicate their knowledge and capabilities to other researchers and to actors in society. In this regard, scientific articles used to function like "letters" written directly by researchers to their peers. However, now scientific articles are more like "bottles floating in the Internet ocean". Furthermore, where once the knowledge marketplace was a seller's market, with the spread of the Internet and "anyone can publish", it has transformed into a buyer's market - attention not information is the scarce commodity on the Internet. Classically, "pull" based approaches employing natural language processing techniques have been used for handling information overload. These consist of information retrieval for improving precision and recall of document retrieval, information extraction for extracting concepts and relationships from individual documents, and text mining for supporting knowledge discovery and automatic summarization from large numbers of documents. However, recently "push" based approaches to handling information overload have emerged, which are reminiscent of the old days of personal communication. Most of these are bottom-up (anonymous) collective authoring approaches, such as Blogs and Wikis, that are characterized by the Wikipedia phenomenon. However, we propose that a similar approach could be used to enable people to more effectively transfer their own expertise from university research settings to society. Our approach is based on the authoring of computer-understandable descriptions of expert knowledge by the human creators of that knowledge. In the lecture, I will review the existing techniques for handling "information overload", examine the notion of "computer-understandable", and describe our work to develop a system that enables knowledge creators to author their own "computer-understandable" descriptions of their knowledge, which will have significant implications for conducting education, research, and societal collaboration in the inter-/trans-disciplinary field of sustainability science.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

November 28, 2010:

Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) organized the 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education - Higher Education's Commitment for Sustainability: From Understanding to Action on November 23-25 at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. I participated as a panelist in Session on Good Practices 1: University Appraisal for Diversity, Innovation and Change towards Sustainable Development and discussed the possibilities and challenges in establishing appropriate evaluation systems in incorporating sustainability into university's activities on education, research and societal collaboration.

Yarime, Masaru, "Comments on University Appraisal for Diversity, Innovation and Change towards Sustainable Development: A Perspective from IR3S and the University of Tokyo," 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education - Higher Education's Commitment for Sustainability: From Understanding to Action, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, November 23-25 (2010).

 

November 19, 2010:

I made a lecture on sustainability science and innovation at the November Meeting of the International Management Association (IMA) based in Tokyo on November 18:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science and Innovation" (in Japanese), November Meeting, International Management Association (IMA), Tokyo, Japan, November 18 (2010).

 

November 14, 2010:

I participated as an External Expert in the Hearing for Priority Decision-Making on Science and Technology Policy for the Fiscal Year 2011 at the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government.

 

November 9, 2010:

I have just become the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Policy and Research Management. I would like to encourage submission to this journal of papers on corporate strategy, public policy, and institutional design for science, technology, and innovation.

 

November 7, 2010:

Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) Annual Conference 2010: Sustainable Decision-Making in a Time of Crisis: Private and Public Perspectives was held on November 4-5 at the United Nations University in Tokyo. I played the role of Facilitator for discussions in Session on on Developing Corporate Responsibility Guidelines in Japan:

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to Session on Developing Corporate Responsibility Guidelines in Japan," Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) Annual Conference 2010, United Nations University, Tokyo, November 4-5 (2010).

In Session on When Governments Succeed or Fail we made the following presentation:

Hirose, Yuta, and Masaru Yarime, "Strategies of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) for Coping with Sustainability Challenges in Tokyo," Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) Annual Conference 2010, United Nations University, Tokyo, November 4-5 (2010).

We also made the following presentation in Session on Back To Basics: Sustainability and CSR:

Suzuki, Ryoko, and Masaru Yarime, "Strategic CSR for Millennium Development Goals: Business models analysis to achieve both MDGs and corporate benefits by creating values for Sustainability," Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) Annual Conference 2010, United Nations University, Tokyo, November 4-5 (2010).

 

November 6, 2010:

The 22nd International CODATA conference on Scientific Data and Sustainable Development was held on October 24-27 in Cape Town, South Africa. In Session B2 on Scientific Data for Sustainable Development I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Dynamics of Knowledge Circulation for Sustainability Innovation," 22nd International CODATA conference on Scientific Data and Sustainable Development, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, October 24-27 (2010).

 

On October 28 I visited the Sustainability Institute, University of Stellenbosch and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and had fruitful discussions with researchers there on Transdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Sustainability Studies. We will continue to share and exchange information on our doctoral programs on sustainability science and promote cooperation and collaboration through various opportunities in the future.

 

October 23, 2010:

I participated in the Sixth Workshop on Human-Centered Innovation "Designing Sustainability" at i.school of the University of Tokyo on Friday, October 22. In Part 1 on Understanding Sustainability, I made the following lecture:

Yarime, Masaru, "Concepts and Methodologies on Sustainability," Sixth Workshop on Human-Centered Innovation "Designing Sustainability," i.school, University of Tokyo, October 22 (2010).

 

October 21, 2010:

I have been appointed a Visiting Lecturer for the Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS) at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. I will be involved in the course on Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries - Practical Framework Learning by Cases and P2M Theory.

 

October 17, 2010:

A new academic journal, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, has been launched by Elsevier. The journal will cover research on technological, organizational, economic, institutional and political innovations as well as economy-wide and sector changes. As I have joined the Editorial Board, I expect to see many studies contributing to analyzing and implementing sustainability innovation in this journal.

 

October 16, 2010:

The University of Tokyo, Sapienza University of Rome, Arizona State University, and the United Nations University organized Sustainability Science Workshop : A Roadmap for Industry-Academia for a Transition towards Sustainability on October 5 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In Opening Session I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "University as a Platform for Social Experimentation towards Sustainability Innovation," Sustainability Science Workshop : A Roadmap for Industry-Academia for a Transition towards Sustainability, United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York, United States, October 5 (2010).

Participants from UN agencies and the industrial sector in Japan, Europe, and the United States discussed possibilities and challenges in collaboration between university, industry, and the public sector for promoting sustainability innovation at the global level.

 

On October 11-13 2010 Microsoft Research eScience Workshop was held in Berkeley, California. In Session MA7: Data-Intensive Science I presented the following paper:

Yarime, Masaru, "Analyzing the Process of Knowledge Dynamics in Sustainability Innovation: Towards a Data-Intensive Approach to Sustainability Science," Proceedings of 2010 Microsoft Research eScience Workshop, Berkeley, California, United States, October 11-13, 46-53 (2010).

We discussed how to collect, manage, and utilize a vast amount of diverse types of data from the perspectives of theoretical frameworks, tool development, incentives, institutions, policies, and business models.

 

September 30, 2010:

The following article has been published in the academic journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change:

Dijk, Marc, and Masaru Yarime, "The Emergence of Hybrid-Electric Cars: Innovation Path Creation through Co-Evolution of Supply and Demand," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 (8), 1371-1390 (2010).

 

September 29, 2010:

The Japan Consortium for Human Security Education and Research Annual Meeting 2010 "Human Diversity and Business" was held on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 at the Komaba campus of the University of Tokyo. I participated in Part II Session on Human Security and Business as a discussant to the keynote speech by Professor Scarlett Cornelissen, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa:

Yarime, Masaru, "Comments on Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Security and Development: The Case of Southern Africa," Japan Consortium for Human Security Education and Research Annual Meeting 2010: Human Diversity and Business, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, September 25-26 (2010).

The following poster presentation was also made in the conference:

Ryoko Suzuki, Dange M. Yadate, Jovelyn Ferrer, Jose Cristhian Veizaga Bellido, and Masaru Yarime, "A Taxonomical Analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities: The Case of TOYOTA," Poster Presentation, Japan Consortium for Human Security Education and Research Annual Meeting 2010: Human Diversity and Business, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, September 25-26 (2010).

 

The Sociotechnology Research Network Seventh Symposium "Participation and Collaboration in Implementation of Sociotechnology" was held at the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo on Monday, September 27. I participated in Panel Discussion on Participation, Collaboration, and Innovation: Towards Promoting Implementation of Sociotechnology":

Yarime, Masaru, "Role of University as a Platform for Stakeholder Collaboration for Societal Experimentation" (in Japanese), Sociotechnology Research Network Seventh Symposium: Participation and Collaboration in Implementation of Sociotechnology, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, September 27 (2010).

 

September 22, 2010:

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT) organized the Workshop on Governance of Innovation towards Sustainability: The Global Transport Sector on September 16-17 in Stockholm, Sweden. At Session 4 I presented the following paper on knowledge dynamics in sustainability innovation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Understanding Knowledge Dynamics in Sustainability Innovation: Implications for the Transport Sector," Workshop on Governance of Innovation towards Sustainability: The Global Transport Sector, Stockholm, Sweden, September 16-17 (2010).

We discussed various cased in the transport sector in Japan, Europe, and China with regard to the governance of innovation towards sustainability. The papers presented at the workshop will be published as a book next year.

 

We organized the Seventh Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on Wednesday, September 22 at the Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo. Professor MINAKAWA Noboru of the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Nagasaki University discussed the ecology of malaria mosquitos in Africa and the effects of environmental change.

Seventh Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 18:30-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Ecology of Malaria Mosquitos in Africa and the Effects of Environmental Change"

Speaker: Professor MINAKAWA Noboru, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

September 21, 2010:

UNU-ISP Symposium on Sustainability and Peace was held on Friday, September 3 at the United Nations University in Tokyo. As Session Coordinator for UNU Junior Fellows Workshop on Sustainability and Peace I made an introductory lecture and led discussions with other participants.

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to Session on Sustainability," Workshop on Sustainability and Peace, UNU Junior Fellows Symposium 2010, UNU Headquarters Building, Tokyo, Japan, September 3 (2010).

Then I participated as one of the Discussion Members in the Open Forum on Implications of the "Limits to Growth" for the Future of Humanity.

 

Global Citizens’ Conference on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) was held on Friday, September 10 at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. I organized the Session on Urban Sustainability as Coordinator.

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to Session on Urban Sustainability: ESD Practices in Asia," Global Citizens’ Conference on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan, September 10 (2010).

In this session we introduced good practices in countries such as Japan, China, and Thailand to understand the diversity in approaches to urban sustainability, reflecting national and regional differences in Asia. And we discussed the potentials and challenges in making steady steps towards urban sustainability in Asia, with implications for concrete action plans for the future.

 

August 29, 2010:

Annual Meeting 2010 of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) was held at the Komaba campus of the University of Tokyo on August 25-28. I organized the Session on Co-Evolution of Technology and Institutions for Sustainability Innovation and made the following presentations:

Palavicino, Carla Alvial, and Masaru Yarime, "Sharing and shaping perceptions: Dialogues with expertise in participatory design of renewable energy technologies," Annual Meeting 2010 of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Tokyo, Japan, August 25-28 (2010).

Mutisya, Emmanuel Musau, and Masaru Yarime, "The Accretion of Microfinance for Innovative Urban Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges of Slums Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa," Annual Meeting 2010 of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Tokyo, Japan, August 25-28 (2010).

Xu, Qing, Masaru Yarime, and Motoharu Onuki, "Innovation System on Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) for Wastewater Treatment in China," Annual Meeting 2010 of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Tokyo, Japan, August 25-28 (2010).

Yarime, Masaru, "Transition in Knowledge Circulation Systems in Sustainability Innovation," Annual Meeting 2010 of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Tokyo, Japan, August 25-28 (2010).

 

August 28, 2010:

Coca-Cola Young Environmental Leaders Summit 2010 was held in Kuriyama-cho, Yubari-gun, Hokkaido on August 19-23. This summit was organized by Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) through Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL), and approximately 30 graduate students coming from Asian countries participated in the summit. I made the following keynote lecture on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Yarime, Masaru, "Corporate Social Responsibility for Sustainability: Integrating Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, and Institutional Design," Keynote Lecture, Coca-Cola Young Environmental Leaders Summit 2010, Kuriyama-cho, Yubari-gun, Hokkaido, August 19-23 (2010).

 

August 18, 2010:

UNU-ISP Symposium on Sustainability and Peace will be organized by the United Nations University in Tokyo on September 3. There will be a lecture by Professor Dennis MEADOWS, one of the authors of "Limits to Growth", followed by a discussion forum on implications of the book for sustainability and peace. I will also participate in the forum as one of the discussion members. If you are interested, please join us.

 

August 4, 2010:

A five-volume series on Sustainability Science (in Japanese) will be published soon by the University of Tokyo Press. I have written the following article in the first volume of the series, Creation of Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Innovation and Sustainability Science: Utilizing Science and Technology" (in Japanese), in Komiyama, Hiroshi, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Akimasa Sumi, Keisuke Hanaki, and Nobuo Mimura, eds., Creation of Sustainability Science, First Volume, Five-Volume Series on Sustainability Science, Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press (2010).

 

July 22, 2010:

The Second Research Workshop on Discovery of Social Expectations was organized by the Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in Tokyo on Tuesday, July 20, and I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Structure, Functions, and Evolution of Innovation Systems for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Second Research Workshop on Discovery of Social Expectations, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo, July 20 (2010).

 

July 17, 2010:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 15 on Friday, July 23 at 16:30-18:00 at Lecture Room 3 of Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Mr. MURAKAMI Norio, Honorable Chairman of Google Japan Inc., will discuss the company’s recent business strategies in the field of energy, including Smart Grid, and their implications for sustainability. Everybody is welcome to join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 15

Date: Friday, July 23, 2010
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: “Google’s Strategies for Smart Grid and Implications for Sustainability” (tentative)

Speaker: Mr. MURAKAMI Norio, Honorable Chairman, Google Japan Inc.

Norio Murakami joined in 2003 as vice president of Google Inc. and president & general manager of Google Japan and was responsible for all aspects of Google's business in Japan. He became chairman of Google Japan in 2009. Before joining Google, Norio was president of Docent Japan, where he established the Japanese subsidiary in 2001. He built a solid foundation of leadership for Docent in Japan – and in the e-learning industry generally – through many partnerships including those with Accenture, NEC, and Works Applications.

From 1997 to 1999, Norio was president & CEO of Northern Telecom Japan. In this capacity, he successfully merged and integrated the company with Bay Networks Japan, whose parent company had been acquired by Northern Telecom, and was later re-named Nortel Networks Japan. With the transformation of the business from circuit switching to IP, Norio increased the company's revenue and profitability to a historic high in 2000. Through mid-2001, he served as president & CEO of Nortel Networks Japan.

Norio started his career as an engineer for minicomputer systems at Hitachi Electronics K.K. In addition to his service at Northern Telecom, he has held a number of management roles such as the CEO-Japan & VP-Corporate for Informix, and as a member of the board of directors for marketing at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Japan. This affiliation also included a five-year assignment at DEC headquarters in Massachusetts.

Norio graduated from Kyoto University with a B.S. in engineering.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 16, 2010:

The First Meeting of the Research Group on Materials Science Innovation was held on Wednesday, July 14 at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Institutional Design for Materials Science Innovation for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, July 14 (2010).

 

We organized the Sixth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on Thursday, July 15 at the Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo. Dr. TSUKAHARA Takahiro of Tokyo Women's Medical University discussed the use and supply of anti-malaria drugs in rural areas in Papua New Guinea.

Sixth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Thursday, July 15, 18:30-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Use and Supply of Anti-Malaria Drugs in Rural Areas in Papua New Guinea"

Speaker: Dr. TSUKAHARA Takahiro, International Affairs and Tropical Medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

We organized the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 14 on Friday, July 17 at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo. Professor Cheh-Shyh Ting, Director of the Center for Water Resources Educations and Studies of the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan discussed groundwater resources evaluation and management for sustainability.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 14

Date: Friday, July 16, 2010
Time: 10:15-11:55 and 13:00-14:40
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Environmental Building

Title: "Groundwater Resources Evaluation and Management for Sustainability"

Speaker: Dr. Cheh-Shyh TING
Professor and Chairman of Department of Civil Engineering
Director of Center for Water Resources Educations and Studies
National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan
Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Abstract:
Hydrologic stresses throughout the 20th century and presently (2010) have caused the depletion and degradation of our Earth’s vital ground-water resources in many areas. Management strategies have been and are being implemented to optimize use of our ground-water resources with respect to achieving sustainability while mitigating the consequences of future withdrawals. The case studies have addressed some of the complexities of ground-water management using scientifically-based hydrologic studies and hydrologic monitoring. It is clear that the managed conjunctive use of our combined ground-water and surface-water supplies, and the artificial recharge of our groundwater systems present both challenges and opportunities. How well we manage these options depends upon best science practices, improved understanding of the resources, and the informed consensus of all stakeholders. It is an opportunity to learn, rethink and change Taiwan’s water resources policy what the people faced last year in 2009 as well. Taiwan hit hard by Typhoon Morakot dated on August 8, which was the most damaging typhoon to make landfall, inundation, water resources shortage in mostly part of Southern Taiwan.

A presented theme entitled Groundwater Resources Evaluation and Management for Sustainability for Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo with two topics will be then discussed individually.

In the first topic, the subject entitled on TAIWAN’S WATER POLICY NEEDS RE-THINK will be presented. It is one of important and serious key issues on water resources development and management from storing surface water by reservoir to making better use of our largest subsurface storage in Taiwan. Traditionally, management of water resources has focused on surface water or groundwater as if they were separate entities. As development of land and water resources increases, it is apparent that development of either of these resources affects the quantity and quality of the other. Nearly all surface-water features (streams, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, and estuaries) interact with ground water. These interactions take many forms. In many situations, surface-water bodies gain water and solutes from ground-water systems and in others the surface-water body is a source of ground-water recharge and causes changes in ground-water quality. As a result, withdrawal of water from streams can deplete ground water or conversely, pumpage of ground water can deplete water in streams, lakes, or wetlands. Pollution of surface water can cause degradation of ground-water quality and conversely pollution of ground water can degrade surface water. Thus, effective land and water management requires a clear understanding of the linkages between ground water and surface water as it applies to any given hydrologic setting.

The indicated Artificial Recharge Project which has been approved by central government which Project is now in design phase. Its will be in operation in 2017. The Project case study presents herein show how the Pingtung Government in cooperation with Nation, local, other water boards and water agencies, as well as the private sector, have addressed some of the complexities of integrated development and management of surface water and groundwater using scientifically-based hydrologic studies, hydrologic monitoring and optimization technique.

The second section entitled From Crisis to turning point: New use for old wisdom-underground river weirs to develop groundwater resources from shallow of riverbed. The construction called as Err-fon Irrigation System for sugarcane fields which designed by Engineer Torii (the grandfather of Prof. Toru TORII) in 1921 and completed in 1923. It is even running well without damage at all for domestic and irrigation water use throughout the Typhoon Morakot dated on August 8, 2009. The rethinking of water resources development derives from the underground of riverbed so called water collector gallery initiated by TORII in Taiwan. The new construction methods and martial techniques have been sequentially developed for current water utilities in the world. The ancient structure and new constructive methods will be discussed on the point view of eco-system at the last section.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 14, 2010:

The 9th Global Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship was held on July 11-13 at Mansfield College, Oxford in the U.K. The following paper was presented at Session 5: Perspectives on Energy and Water:

Alvial-Palavicino, Carla, and Masaru Yarime, "Sharing and Shaping Perceptions: The Role of Expertise in the Co-Production of Renewable Energy Technologies," 9th Global Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom, July 11-13 (2010).

 

July 13, 2010:

The Second International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) was held on June 23-25 at Sapienza University of Rome in Rome, Italy. I organized the Ph.D. Seminar as Chair:

Yarime, Masaru, and Arnim Wiek, "Introduction to Ph.D. Seminar," Ph.D. Seminar, Second International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS), Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 23-25 (2010).

I also participated in Session VI (a): Synthesis and Cross-Cutting Issues as one of the Speakers and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Cross-Cutting Issues and Future Challenges: From First ICSS in Tokyo," Session VI (a): Synthesis and Cross-Cutting Issues, Second International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS), Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 23-25 (2010).

 

Meeting of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at Arizona State University was held on June 30 - July 2 at Henkel AG Corporate Headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany. I participated in the Board Meeting as one of the External Experts and made the following presentation at Session III: Sustainability Science in Higher Education:

Yarime, Masaru, "Implementing Sustainability Innovation: University as a Platform for Social Experimentation," Session III: Sustainability Science in Higher Education, Meeting of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at Arizona State University, Henkel AG Corporate Headquarters, Dusseldorf, Germany, June 30-July 2 (2010).

 

On July 8-9 I participated in the ProSPER.Net Alternative University Appraisal (AUA) Core Meeting held at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. The Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net) is a network of several leading higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, including the University of Tokyo, which have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development (SD) into postgraduate courses and curricula, with the United Nations University working as the secretariat. Through AUA Project we are discussing the development of methodologies for evaluating various activities conducted at universities in education, research, and social collaboration for sustainability and the design of institutional arrangements for effective implementation. Among the issues we examine is how to establish appropriate incentive schemes for researchers to engage in educational and research activities for sustainability.

 

June 16, 2010:

International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge, and Capabilities (OLKC) 2010 was held on June 3-6 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The following paper was presented at Session on the Effects of Technological Change:

Pohl, Hans, and Masaru Yarime, “Automakers and Battery Suppliers Role in Knowledge Base Development during a Potential Paradigmatic Shift in Technology,” International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge, and Capabilities (OLKC) 2010, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, June 3-6 (2010).

 

June 12, 2010:

The following article has been published in the web version of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change:

Dijk, Marc, and Masaru Yarime, "The Emergence of Hybrid-Electric Cars: Innovation Path Creation through Co-Evolution of Supply and Demand," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, DOI:10.1016/j.techfore.2010.05.001, in press.

 

June 9, 2010:

Workshop on Promotion of Evidence-Based Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy was organized by the Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in Tokyo on Monday, June 7. In Session 2 on Overview on Research Fields for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Analysis and Implementation of Innovation for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Workshop on Promotion of Evidence-Based Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo, June 7 (2010).

 

June 3, 2010:

We organized the Fourth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on April 15 at the University of Tokyo. Mr. NAGAOKA Kansuke, Director of the Specialized Agencies Division of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the contributions made by Japan for preventing malaria through the Global Fund.

Fourth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Thursday, April 15, 18:00-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Japan's Contributions to Fighting against Malaria"

Speaker: Mr. NAGAOKA Kansuke, Director, Specialized Agencies Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

We organized the Fifth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on May 26 at the University of Tokyo. Dr. SAWADA Yasuyuki, one of the organizer of the Study Group, discussed some of the preliminary findings of a project on evaluating the impacts of Olyset Net on poverty reduction.

Fifth Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 18:00-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Preliminary Findings of the Impact Assessment of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in Madagascar"

Speaker: Dr. SAWADA Yasuyuki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

May 20, 2010:

The following article has been just published in International Journal of Innovation Management.

Baba, Yasunori, Masaru Yarime, and Naohiro Shichijo, “Sources of Success in Advanced Materials Innovation: The Role of 'Core Researchers' in University-Industry Collaboration in Japan,” International Journal of Innovation Management, 14 (2), 201-219 (2010).

 

May 13, 2010:

Batumi - Spring - 2010 International Conference was held in Batumi, Georgia on May 7-9, organized by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Shota Rustaveli State University in Batumi, International Foundation for Sustainable Development, Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Intercultural Euro Mediterranean Center for UNESCO. By invitation I participated in the Plenary Session: Knowledge Management & Education and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Innovation," Batumi - Spring - 2010 International Conference, organized by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Shota Rustaveli State University, International Foundation for Sustainable Development, Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Intercultural Euro Mediterranean Center for UNESCO, Shota Rustaveli State University, Batumi, Georgia, May 7-9 (2010).

 

May 3, 2010:

In the academic year 2009-2010 I supervised the following Master's theses, which have been completed successfully:

Islam, Farzana, "Innovative Strategy on ICT for Sustainable Development: Proposal for a Wireless Infrastructure Model for Bangladesh through Public-Private Partnership," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: YARIME Masaru; Co-adviser: MINO Takashi), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2010).

Dewi, Grace Citra, "Organizational Resource Curse: Sectionalism and Synchronization in Indonesian Resource Policies," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: SATO Jin; Co-adviser: YARIME Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2010).

Qiu, Su, "Sustainable Solar PV Power Scale-up in Residential Sector in China (Based on Consumer's Preference)," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: MATSUHASHI Ryuji; Co-adviser: YARIME Masaru), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March (2010).

Mammadova, Tahira, "Investigation and Analysis of Print Media Attention in Azerbaijan to the Environmental Problems during the Years 1986-2008: Media as a Way to Sustainability," Master's Thesis (Principal Adviser: YARIME Masaru; Co-adviser: ONUKI Motoharu), Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2009).

 

April 26, 2010:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 13 on Tuesday, April 27. Dr. Renato Orsato of the French Business School INSEAD Social Innovation Centre will talk about Sustainable Value Innovation in Mobility and discuss the challenges and strategies for sustainability in the automotive industry, including innovative business models such as those of Better Place for exchanging batteries for electric vehicles.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 13

Title: “Sustainable Value Innovation in Mobility”

Speaker: Dr. Renato J. Orsato, Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, Fontainebleau, France

Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

This seminar will present the roots of the problems currently faced by the auto industry, and the alternatives the sector has to overcome them by developing Sustainable Value Innovation – the creation of differentiated value for customers and contribution to society at both, reduced costs and environmental impacts. The seminar is based on Chapter 7 of Dr Orsato’s recent book (www.sustainability-strategies.eu).

Dr. Renato J. Orsato is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, Fontainebleau in France. As a researcher, educator and consultant, in the past 15 years taught at MBA and Executive Programmes at INSEAD, Lund University (Sweden), University of Amsterdam (Holland), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), and Warwick Business School (England). He worked with public organizations and private businesses in more than 20 countries.

Dr Orsato is the author of Sustainability Strategies - When does it pay to be green? (Palgrave Macmillan, INSEAD Business Press 2009, www.sustainability-strategies.eu). He has also written several book chapters and teaching cases, and published in academic journals such as California Management Review, Organisation Studies and Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Renato holds a PhD in Management, a Masters (Honours) in Organisation Studies and BA (Honours) in Civil Engineering and Business Administration.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

April 9, 2010:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2010 "Bridging Science and Society" took place in San Diego, United States on February 17 - February 22. I organized a 180-minute session "Co-Evolution of Science and Society for Sustainability Innovation" and made a presentation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Collaboration between University, Industry, and Society for Sustainability Innovation," Session on Co-Evolution of Science and Society for Sustainability Innovation, AAAS Annual Meeting 2010, San Diego, California, United States, February 18-22 (2010).

 

On March 1-2 the Symposium and Workshop on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) was organized by the United Nations University (UNU), Kenyatta University, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Nairobi, Kenya. ESDA Project is aimed at establishing higher educational programs for sustainable development in Africa through collaboration between Kenyatta University and the University of Tokyo. We had fruitful discussions on educational and research issues, including curriculum development.

 

I visited Cambodia on March 7-12. We had a discussion meeting at Siem Reap with the National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV) to create a management plan for sustainable development of the region surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear, a World Heritage site approved by UNESCO in July 2008. In our visit to Preah Vihear we investigated with local experts and policy makers how to manage the process of moving towards sustainability, integrating various aspects including tourism, economy, and environment.

 

I participated in the First Workshop of the Research Project on Sustainability and Humanities "Thinking about Sustainability from the Perspectives of Humanities" held at the University of Tokyo on March 13. The subject of humans in relation to the environment was one of the issues discussed in the workshop from philosophical and religious perspectives. In particular, as temporal dimension is essentially important in sustainability, the concepts of time in the context of Christianity and Buddhism will have some valuable implications in discussing sustainability.

 

We organized the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 12 on
Monday, March 15 at the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) of the University of Tokyo. Professor Lars Coenen of the University of Lund in Sweden discussed his research on transition for sustainability.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 12

Date: Monday, March 15, 2010
Time: 10:00-11:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: “Back to the future? The geographical dilemma of contemporary transition
studies”

Speakers: Lars Coenen (CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden), Paul Benneworth (CHEPS, University of Twente, the Netherlands), and Bernhard Truffer (CIRUS, EAWAG, Switzerland)

Abstract:
In the past decade, the literature on transitions has made a considerable
contribution to help understand the complex and multi-dimensional shift
that is considered necessary to adapt societies and economies to
sustainable modes of production and consumption in areas such as
transport, energy, food, etc. A transition is understood as a shift or
‘system innovation’ from one socio-technical system to another in areas
such as transport, energy, housing, agriculture and food, communication
and health-care. So far, empirical analyses of sustainability transitions
have largely neglected to map and analyze where such transitions take
place or employed a limited understanding of the spatialities of
transitions, either drawing on bounded spatial demarcations (i.e. scalar
envelopes) or assuming that transition paths have an idiosyncratic
location. The objective of this paper is to unpick the implicit
geographies in transition analyses and make these explicit by introducing
and including concepts and theory from (economic) geography. More
specifically, the paper explores how economic geography could offer
resourceful heuristics and conceptual tools to investigate how the wider
network configurations within which territorial transition dynamics are
embedded, and the institutional environments and arrangements particular
to those territories, in parallel give shape to the locational dynamics of
transitions.

Bio:
Lars Coenen is assistant professor in Economic Geography at CIRCLE (Centre
for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), Lund
University Sweden, with a particular interest in the geographies of
innovation. His PhD thesis (2006) entitled 'Faraway, so Close! The
Changing Geographies of Regional Innovation', contains various comparative
studies across different industries and regions to investigate how local
and global knowledge is combined in a productive nexus of learning
processes at the regional level. At present his research focus is
converging around the notions of regional innovation systems and the
spatial dynamics of socio-technical transitions in relation to sustainable
technologies. In his analyses Lars seeks to compare the emergence and
diffusion of radical innovation in areas such as bio-fuels and passive
housing across different territorial contexts. In 2008-2009 he also worked
for the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Transitions at TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

Symposium: Perspectives on University Performance Evaluation was held on March 15-16 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo. I participated in the Panel Discussion: How ESD Helps Universities Enhance Their Practices and Improve Their Reputation. We discussed that it will be of critical importance to create incentives for researchers and educators in universities by changing the standards and process of evaluating educational and research activities.

 

On March 16-19 the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2010 was held at the University of Tokyo. AGS is an inter-university alliance established between the University of Tokyo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden for promoting research and educational activities for sustainability at the global scale. I organized the Workshop D on Concepts, Methodologies, and Practices in Graduate Programs on Sustainability: Creating and Implementing Knowledge through Collaboration with Stakeholders and gave an introduction to the workshop.

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to the Workshop on Concepts, Methodologies, and Practices in Graduate Programs on Sustainability: Creating and Implementing Knowledge through Collaboration with Stakeholders," Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting, University of Tokyo, March 16-19 (2010).

 

On March 18 Workshop C on Innovation for Sustainable Development was organized in cooperation with UTB Japan. I joined the Panel Discussion with Dr. José Gómez-Márquez and Dr. Ken Endo of D-Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor Hideyuki Horii of i.school of the University of Tokyo, Dr. Shigeki Inoue of Hakuhodo Universal Design, and Dr. Ning Liu of the Doctoral Program in Architecture and the Sciences of the City of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for discussing how to promote innovation for sustainability in terms of education, research and collaboration with stakeholders in society.

 

The final workshop of the Value Creation Initiative supported by Sumitomo Corporation was held on March 23 at the Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE) of the University of Tokyo. I made a poster presentation on innovation for the sustainability of water through transdisciplinary approaches.

Yarime, Masaru, "Transdisciplinarity for the Sustainability of Water Resources: Creation of Social Values through Innovation," Poster Presentation, Final Workshop of the Value Creation Initiative supported by Sumitomo Corporation, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE), University of Tokyo, March 23 (2010).

 

April 8, 2010:

The Seventh Transdisciplinary Seminar of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo was held on Thursday, December 24, 2009. I made a lecture on transdisciplinary aspects of sustainability science.

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science from the Perspective of Transdisciplinarity" (in Japanese), Seventh Transdisciplinary Seminar, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, December 24 (2009).

 

The First Workshop of the Research Group on Innovation Policy was organized by the Innovation Policy Research Center of the University of Tokyo on Friday, February 5, 2010. I played the role of facilitator for the Group Discussion on Coordination, including that with societies inside as well as the country, between the public and the private sectors, and between different organizations.

 

Workshop on Transition Management for Sustainable Society: European Experience and Japanese Context was organized by the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) and the Project on Governance Reform for Sustainability and Policy Process Management at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute of the University of Tokyo on Saturday, February 13, 2010. I presented my comments as a discussant:

Yarime, Masaru, "Comments on Framework and Cases of Transition Management: The Case of Energy," Workshop on Transition Management for Sustainable Society: European Experience and Japanese Context, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, February 13 (2010).

 

December 22, 2009:

The following article has been published in the journal Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, Yoshiyuki Takeda, and Yuya Kajikawa, "Towards Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Science: A Quantitative Examination of the Patterns of Research Collaboration," Sustainability Science, 5 (1), 115-125 (2010).

 

The Fifth Symposium "Technological Innovations in Japan - Collecting Experiences and Establishing Knowledge Foundation -" was held at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo on December 16 and 17. In Session on "Organizations and Institutions for Innovation," I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "The Role of Knowledge in Innovation in Japan" (in Japanese), Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium "Technological Innovations in Japan - Collecting Experiences and Establishing Foundation -," 79-84 (2009).

 

We organized the Third Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on December 21 at the University of Tokyo. The speaker was Associate Professor NAKAZAWA Minato, Department of Public Health, Subdivision of Socio-Environmental Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma University, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan. He discussed human behavioral factors of malaria transmission and mathematical model analysis, based on case studies in the Solomon Islands.

Third Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Monday, December 21, 2009, 18:00-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Human Behavioral Factors of Malaria Transmission and Mathematical Model Analysis"

Speaker: Dr. NAKAZAWA Minato, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Subdivision of Socio-Environmental Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma University

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 16, 2009:

Nissan Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2009 was held on December 7-14 at Sajima Marina in Yokosuka, Japan. Approximately 25 graduate students coming from all over the world participated in the program and worked on various issues related to sustainability, with a particular focus on sustainable transport systems in the future. I organized the module 5 on innovation and sustainability with a lecture and exercise.

Yarime, Masaru, "Module 5: Innovation and Sustainability," Nissan Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2009, Yokosuka, Japan, December 12 (2009).

 

The Second Intensive Workshop of the Nissan Leadership Program for Innovative Engineers (LPIE) was held in Tokyo on December 12-13. I attended this workshop as the Tutor to the participants.

 

The Annual Research Workshop of the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) was held on December 15 at the University of Tokyo. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "International Comparative Analysis of Innovation Systems for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Presentation at the Annual Research Workshop of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, December 15 (2009).

 

December 15, 2009:

We organized Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 11 on Wednesday, December 9 at 10:00-11:00 at Lecture Room 3 in the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. The speaker was Yann Blumer of the Chair of Environmental Sciences – Natural and Social Science Interface (NSSI) at ETH Zurich. He discussed the transdisciplinary case study approach developed at NSSI with a particular focus on bio-energy cases.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 11

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 10:00-11:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: The NSSI framework for transdisciplinary case studies and an outline of a current NSSI project: "Critical success factors for bioenergy case studies"

Speaker:
Yann Blumer, The Chair of Environmental Sciences – Natural and Social Science Interface (NSSI), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich www.nssi.ethz.ch

Abstract:  The ETH chair of Environmental Sciences - Natural and Social Science Interface (NSSI) has a long experience of over 15 years in transdisciplinary research, integrating different scientific disciplines (e.g. engineers and ecologists) as well as practitioners (e.g. farmers, administration, policy makers) into research projects. It has developed a framework for conducting transdisciplinary case studies of complex, real word problems (Scholz & Tietje 2002), which has been applied successfully in more than 25 cases covering a wide range of topics. This framework is presented. It consists of six steps (case definition/goal formation, case faceting, system analysis, scenario construction, scenario assessment and development of orientations), which are explained and illustrated by research conducted at our chair. We argue that much of what we have learned in these case studies can actually be transferred to bioenergy projects and sustainable rural development. Thus, an outline of a current research project to identify critical success factors for bioenergy case studies is presented.

Reference:
Scholz, R. W., & Tietje, O. (2002). Embedded case study methods: Integrating quantitative and qualitative knowledge. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 7, 2009:

The following article has been published in the web version of the journal Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, Yoshiyuki Takeda, and Yuya Kajikawa, "Towards Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Science: A Quantitative Examination of the Patterns of Research Collaboration," Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-009-0090-4, in press.

 

Green Business Organization (GBO) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) organized an event Cross-border Deal in Cleantech on December 4 at Thomson Reuters in Tokyo. I made the following keynote speech in the meeting:

Yarime, Masaru, "Implementing Sustainability Innovation for 25% CO2 Emission Reduction" (in Japanese), Cross-border Deal in Cleantech, organized by Green Business Organization (GBO) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Thomson Reuters, Tokyo, December 4 (2009).

 

December 6, 2009:

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2009 Annual Meeting was held on October 28-31 in Washington, D.C. I participated in the Session on Sustainability VI: Emerging Networks and Institutions of Science and Technology for Sustainability and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Establishing Sustainability Science as an Academic Field: Concepts, Methodologies, and Institutions," Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2009 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., October 28-31 (2009).

 

Then I visited Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia on November 3 and gave a seminar at the Graduate School of the Environment.

Yarime, Masaru, "Exploring Sustainability Science: Education, Research, and Innovation," GSE Seminar, Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, November 3 (2009).

 

I moved to Griffith Business School in Brisbane to attend the Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) 2009 Annual Conference held on November 5-6. I participated in Plenary Session Four: Innovation and the Emerging Sustainable Enterprise Economy in the Asia-Pacific Region as one of the panelists and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "From Corporate to Social Business Models for Sustainability Innovation: Concepts, Institutions, and Emerging Practices of Japanese Enterprises," Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) 2009 Annual Conference, Griffith Business School, Brisbane, Australia, November 5-6 (2009).

 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris organized the Workshop on Transforming Innovation to Address Social Challenges on November 9-10. I participated as a discussant in Session 2: Pushing Boundaries of the Innovation Policies beyond Technology: Best Practices and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Towards the Sustainability of Innovation to Address Social Challenges: Comments for Session 2," Workshop on Transforming Innovation to Address Social Challenges, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France, November 9-10 (2009).

 

I then moved the United States. I gave a special lecture on November 12 in Detroit, Michigan, organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD), Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Japan America Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor, Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, and Automation Alley.

Yarime, Masaru, "Corporate Strategies for the Next Generation Vehicles: The Development of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Innovation Systems," Special Lecture organized by the Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD), Consulate General of Japan, Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Japan America Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor, Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, and Automation Alley, Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, Novi, Michigan, U.S.A., November 12 (2009).

 

Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, University of Memphis organized the Conference on Meeting Renewable Energy's Technology Challenge: Innovative Solutions from Japan on November 13 at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. I made the following presentations:

Yarime, Masaru, "Bringing Forth Sustainability Innovation," Conference on Meeting Renewable Energy's Technology Challenge: Innovative Solutions from Japan, organized by the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, and the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., November 13 (2009).

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science: Its Possibilities and Challenges for the Future," Special Lecture, University of Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., November 13 (2009).

 

I gave another lecture on November 16 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta and the School of Public Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology with cooperation from the Japan-America Society of Georgia and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.

Yarime, Masaru, "Implementing Sustainability Innovation: Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, and Institutional Design," Lecture co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta and the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy with cooperation from the Japan-America Society of Georgia and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., November 16 (2009).

 

In Houston, Texas I gave a lecture on November 19, organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability and the James A. Baker III Institute Student Forum.

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainable Development Innovations: Japan's Effort to Unite against Climate Change," Lecture organized by Shell Center for Sustainability and the James A. Baker III Institute Student Forum, Rice University, Houston, Texas, U.S.A., November 19 (2009).

 

Then I moved to Bangkok, Thailand, where the International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) in Asia 2009 was held on November 23-25 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). I organized Session 7 on Communication: Towards Creating Strategic Knowledge Platforms for Sustainability Innovation in Asia.

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to Session 7 on Communication: Towards Creating Strategic Knowledge Platforms for Sustainability Innovation in Asia," International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) in Asia 2009, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, November 23-24 (2009).

 

October 23, 2009:

The 24th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management (JSSPRM) will be held on October 24 - 25 at Seijo University in Tokyo. I will participate as one of the panelists for the Symposium "Innovation for a Greener Society" to be held on Saturday, October 24. If you are interested, please join us.

JSSPRM Symposium "Innovation for a Greener Society"

Date: Saturday, October 24, 16:00-17:30

Venue: Room A (Lecture Room 003, B1F), Building 3, Seijo University, Tokyo

Panelists:

ANEGAWA Naofumi (Tokyo Electric Power Company)

SADAMITSU Yuki (Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry)

SHIROYAMA Hideaki (Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo)

YARIME Masaru (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo)

Chair: IJICHI Tomohiro (Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University)

 

I will also give a talk at Green Mondays in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo on Monday, October 26. If you are interested, please join us.

Green Mondays #15

Time: October 26, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: KaMu Restaurant, Minami Aoyama
Street: Minami Aoyama 511 Bldg., B1F
City/Town: Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Website or Map: http://kamu-tokyo.com/map.html
Phone: 03 6411 0075
Event Type: networking, education, learning, sustainability

Organized By: Green Mondays Committee (GMC)

#15.1 Tetsunari IIDA, Renewable Energy Policies and Initiatives in Japan (tbc) President & Representative Director, Energy Green Co., Ltd.
Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), Japan

Previous positions include:
- Major steel manufacturer
- R&D in nuclear power

o Introduced Japan's first green power scheme, and developed Japan's first "green power certificate."
o Developed financing scheme for Japan's first community wind ownership project, now being developed into a nation-wide project.
o Organized the Supra-coalition of Member of Parliaments (MPs) for Renewable Energy Promotion, consisting of 1/3 of all MPs, instrumental in new legislation of "Renewable Energy Promotion Law."

#15.2 Professor Masaru Yarime, Sustainability Innovation
- Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
- Visiting Research Fellow, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
- Tutor, Nissan Leadership Program for Innovative Engineers (LPIE)

Professor Yarime holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Technological Change (2003), MERIT-UNU/INTECH Programme on Economics and Policy Studies of Technological Change, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

 

October 22, 2009:

The Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS), Competence Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CCES), and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) organized AGS-CCES-ETH Sustainability Workshop "From Outreach to Partnership: Defining the Role of Universities in Achieving Sustainability" on October 15 - 16 at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. I made the following presentation at the workshop:

Yarime, Masaru, "Institutionalizing Sustainability Innovation: Universities as a Platform for Stakeholder Collaboration," Presentation at the AGS-CCES-AGS Sustainability Workshop "From Outreach to Partnership: Defining the Role of Universities in Achieving Sustainability," Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, October 15-16 (2009).

 

October 11, 2009:

An interview with me by Mr. FUKUI Edward has been published in the latest issue of the magazine Sotokoto:

"FUKUI Edward's Introduction to Cleantech Investment: Thinking about the Relationship between Innovation and the Environment" (in Japanese), Sotokoto, 11, 143 (2009).

 

October 9, 2009:

We organized the Second Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on October 8 at the University of Tokyo. The speaker was Professor KATSUMA Yasushi, former Program Coordinator at the Tokyo Office of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). He talked about the partnership between Japanese companies, governments, and the United Nations for preventing malaria.

Second Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 18:00-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Partnership between Japanese Firms, Government Agencies, and International Organizations for Preventing Malaria"

Speaker: Dr. KATSUMA Yasushi, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

October 6, 2009:

Fourth National Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering (NatFOE4) was held in Chennai, India on September 16-17, organized by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). As the only participant in this conference from a foreign country, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Science as an Emerging Academic Frontier: Implications for Energy Research," Presentation at the Fourth National Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering organized by the Indian National Academy of Engineering, SRI Convention Centre, Anupuram, India, September 16-17 (2009).

 

Then I visited Rome, Italy to participate in the Working Meeting on International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2010 held at the Sapienza University of Rome on September 20-21. Following ICSS 2009, which was held at the University of Tokyo on February 5-7, 2009, ICSS 2010 will be hosted by the Italian Interuniversity Research Centre on Sustainability Development (CIRPS) on June 23-25. I will chair the Ph.D. Seminar on Sustainability Science in this conference. In the evening on September 21 Sustainability Science Seminar - Economic Trends and New Scenarios/Perspectives for the Markets of the New Decade was organized by H2Roma, and I participated in this seminar as one of the speakers.

Yarime, Masaru, "Economic and Market Implications of Sustainability Science: A Japanese Perspective," H2Roma Sustainability Science Seminar: Economic Trends and New Perspectives for the Markets of the New Decade, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, September 21 (2009).

 

On September 24-25 the Book Workshop "Passenger Road Transport in Transition?" was held at the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The outcome of this project will be published as a book in the Routledge Studies in Sustainability Transition. I plan to write a chapter on a transition to the introduction of electric vehicles in the future.

 

I also visited the United States to participate in the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2009 held on October 2-3 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. In this conference I chaired Session 6C: Knowledge Use and Exchange for Policy and Society in Japan and presented the following paper:

Yarime, Masaru, "Network of Research and Policy Communities for Innovation: An Analysis of Co-Evolution of Technology and Institution," Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2009, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, October 2-3 (2009).

 

September 11, 2009:

The following article will be published soon in the journal Sustainability Science:

Yarime, Masaru, Yoshiyuki Takeda, and Yuya Kajikawa, "Towards Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Science: A Quantitative Examination of the Patterns of Research Collaboration," Sustainability Science, forthcoming.

 

September 4, 2009:

The Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS) 2009 Conference will be held on November 5-6, 2009 at the Griffith Business School in Brisbane, Australia. I will participate as a speaker in the Plenary Session Four on Innovation and the Emerging Sustainable Enterprise Economy in the Asia-Pacific Region.

 

August 22, 2009:

I have joined the Nissan Leadership Program for Innovative Engineers (LPIE) as Tutor for the participants. This program has been supported by the Nissan Science Foundation.

 

I initiated to form a research group on anti-malaria nets with Dr. SAWADA Yasuyuki, Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo, and Dr. ASAO Shuichiro of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S). We intend to examine various aspects of developing, diffusing, and utilizing anti-malaria nets from inter-/trans-disciplinary perspectives. There are many relevant issues, including basic medical and epidemiological research, technological development, social institutions, aid systems, diplomacy and international relations. We investigate complementarities between different approaches and explore possibilities for coordination and integration among academic disciplines.

 

We organized the First Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets on July 29, 2009 at the University of Tokyo. Dr. SHONO Yoshinori of Sumitomo Chemical discussed the development of the Olyset Net.

First Research Seminar on Anti-Malaria Nets

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 18:00-20:30

Venue: Graduate School of Economics, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: "Development of the Olyset Net by Sumitomo Chemical"

Speaker: Dr. SHONO Yoshinori, Team Leader, Technical & Product Development Department, Vector Control Division, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 24, 2009:

The 9th Research Seminar on Peacebuilding and Business "Recycling All Goods at UNIQLO" will be held on July 28 at 15:00-17:00 at the Division of University-Corporate Relations of the University of Tokyo, co-organized with the Division of University-Corporate Relations, Human Security Program (HSP), Peacebuilding Study Group, and Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. Mr. NITTA Yukihiro of UNIQLO will talk about the company's activities of recycling used clothes to be sent to refugees around the world in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan.

 

July 16, 2009:

I have joined the European Sustainability Science Group (ESSG), a group of researchers who are actively involved in research as well as practices on sustainability science in Europe and other regions.

 

July 8, 2009:

The following book has been published by VDM Verlag (Germany):

Yarime, Masaru, From End-of-Pipe Technology to Clean Technology: Environmental Policy and Technological Change in the Chlor-Alkali Industry in Japan and Europe, Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 472 pages (2009).

The intensive industrial development, while producing numerous useful products, has been increasingly interfering with the limited capacities of ecosystems. Various environmental policies have been introduced to reduce emissions. While there is a serious concern about negative impacts of tightened regulations on industry, they could actually enhance industrial competitiveness by encouraging innovation in the long run. This book sheds a fresh light on this debate by closely examining the interaction between environmental policy and technological change in the chlor-alkali industry in Japan and Europe. Weak regulations promote end-of-pipe technological solutions, which would function to prolong the life of existing, often obsolescent, production processes. Excessively stringent regulations, in contrast, while forcing clean technological options, could induce premature decisions on inferior technologies. Institutional designs for public-private collaboration will be important in fostering innovation for the best clean technologies. The analysis should be useful to corporate managers and policy makers for strategic decision makings in a transition towards a sustainable society.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT................................................................................................... 5
LIST OF FIGURES .......................................................................................................... 6
LIST OF TABLES .......................................................................................................... 10

1. INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................... 17
1.1 PROBLEM AND RESEARCH METHODS ................................................................ 17
1.2 OUTLINE OF THE THESIS ...................................................................................... 25

2. ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL
REGULATION ON TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE ........................................................... 31
2.1 PREVIOUS STUDIES OF THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION ON
TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE ......................................................................................... 31
2.1.1 Theoretical Models ............................................................................................... 31
2.1.2 Empirical Studies ........................................................ ......................................... 48
2.2 TECHNOLOGIES FOR DEALING WITH EMISSIONS FROM CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES ....................................................................................................................... 54
2.2.1 End-of-Pipe Technology ....................................................................................... 56
2.2.2 Clean Technology ................................................................................................ 60
2.3 DIVERGING EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ON TECHNOLOGICAL
CHANGE ....................................................................................................................... 66
2.3.1 Environmental Policy Making under Uncertainty .................................................. 66
2.3.2 Choice between the End-of-Pipe Technology and the Clean Technology ........... 70
2.3.3 Technological Progress through R&D and Learning ............................................ 77
2.4 CONCLUSION ......................................................................................................... 91
APPENDIX ..................................................................................................................... 94

3. TECHNOLOGICAL BACKGROUND OF THE CHLOR-ALKALI INDUSTRY ................ 99
3.1 PRODUCTION OF CHLOR-ALKALI PRODUCTS .................................................... 99
3.1.1 Chlorine and Caustic Soda ................................................................................... 99
3.1.2 Production .......................................................................................................... 104
3.2 THREE DOMINANT TECHNOLOGIES FOR CHLOR-ALKALI PRODUCTION: MERCURY PROCESS, DIAPHRAGM PROCESS, AND ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS ................................................................................................................... 107
3.3 TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE PRIOR TO THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL
REGULATIONS ........................................................................................................... 111
3.3.1 Development of the Mercury Process ................................................................ 112
3.3.2 Development of the Diaphragm Process ............................................................ 122
3.3.3 Diffusion of the Mercury Process in Western Europe and Japan ....................... 131
3.4 CONCLUSION ....................................................................................................... 147
APPENDIX ................................................................................................................... 149

4. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN
THE JAPANESE CHLOR-ALKALI INDUSTRY .............................................................. 150
4.1 REGULATORY DECISION ON THE PHASE OUT OF THE MERCURY PROCESS .......................................................................................................................... 150
4.2 CONVERSION OF THE MERCURY PROCESS TO THE DIAPHRAGM PROCESS .......................................................................................................................... 155
4.3 INTERRUPTION OF THE PROCESS CONVERSION SCHEDULE AND EVALUATION OF THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS ..................................................... 165
4.4 TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS ................................................................................................................... 169
4.4.1 Characteristics of the Ion Exchange Membrane Process ................................... 169
4.4.2 Patents on Technologies for Chlor-Alkali Production ......................................... 178
4.4.3 Technological Developments of the Ion Exchange Membrane Process by
Innovative Companies in Japan .................................................................................. 183
4.5 MODIFICATION OF REGULATORY SCHEDULE AND ADOPTION OF THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS .......................................................................... 224
4.6 COSTLY TRANSITION FROM THE MERCURY PROCESS TO THE DIAPHRAGM PROCESS AND THEN TO THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS ................. 229
4.7 CONCLUSION ....................................................................................................... 235
APPENDIX ................................................................................................................... 240

5. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN
THE WESTERN EUROPEAN CHLOR-ALKALI INDUSTRY .......................................... 258
5.1 IMPOSITION OF EMISSION STANDARDS ON MERCURY ................................... 258
5.1.1 Paris Commission ............................................................................................... 259
5.1.2 European Community ......................................................................................... 271
5.2 REDUCTION OF MERCURY EMISSIONS WITH END-OF-PIPE TECHNOLOGIES ........................................................................................................................ 280
5.2.1 Patents on Chlor-Alkali Production Technologies ............................................... 280
5.2.2 Development of End-of-Pipe Technologies for the Reduction of Mercury Emissions ........................................................................................................................ 289
5.2.3 Continued Use of the Mercury Process with End-of-Pipe Technologies ............ 301
5.3 DELAYED DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS .............................................................................................. 305
5.4 SLOW DIFFUSION OF THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE PROCESS ................ 324
5.4.1 Availability of Information on the Ion Exchange Membrane Process ................... 324
5.4.2 Profitability of the Adoption of the Ion Exchange Membrane Process ................. 328
5.4.3 Long Lifetime of Chlor-Alkali Plants Based on the Mercury Process .................. 339
5.5 CONCLUSION ....................................................................................................... 350
APPENDIX ................................................................................................................... 356

6. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION .............................................................................. 382

APPENDIX. EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION ON TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE OF THE CHEMICAL PROCESSES FOR CHLORALKALI PRODUCTION ..... 401
A.1 LEBLANC PROCESS ............................................................................................ 401
A.1.1 Hydrogen Chloride Emissions ............................................................................ 404
A.1.2 Tank Waste ........................................................................................................ 408
A.1.3 Nitrogen Oxides Emissions ................................................................................. 410
A.1.4 Improvement of the Leblanc Process through End-of-Pipe Technologies .......... 412
A.2 AMMONIA SODA PROCESS ................................................................................. 413
A.3 CONCLUDING REMARK ....................................................................................... 421

REFERENCES ............................................................................................................. 423

 

July 7, 2009:

We will have the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 10 on Monday, July 13 at 14:45-16:10 at Lecture Room 3 of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo. Professor Vanessa Oltra of the University of Bordeaux, France will discuss evolutionary approaches to industrial dynamics and eco-innovations and their implications for conducting research in sustainability science. If you are interested in this issue, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 10

Title: "Eco-Innovation and Industrial Dynamics in an Evolutionary Perspective"

Date: Monday, July 13 at 14:45-16:25
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker: Vanessa Oltra, Associate Professor, Research Group on Applied and Theoretical Economics (GREThA), University of Bordeaux, France

Abstract:
This seminar will present an overview of the research works on eco-innovation and industrial dynamics. The first part will be dedicated to a discussion of the evolutionary framework and its contributions to the analysis of eco-innovations. In a second part, we will discuss the empirical literature on the determinants of eco-innovations trying to emphasize the specificities of eco-innovation in comparison with innovation in general. The third part will focus on sectoral systems of eco-innovation. The purpose is to stress the differences in eco-innovation patterns across industrial sectors and to take into account self-reinforcement and lock-in effects characterizing industrial dynamics. In the last part, we will discuss how eco-innovative strategies of firms can be studied in evolutionary agent-based simulation models and what kind of results can be obtained with this type of methodology.

Biography:
Vanessa OLTRA is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Bordeaux (France) and researcher at GREThA (Research Group on Applied and Theoretical Economics). She is the coordinator of a European research network on "Eco-innovations" within the DIME ('Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe') European Network of Excellence (http://www.dime-eu.org/wp25). Her background is on innovation studies with a specialisation on evolutionary theory of innovation and industrial dynamics simulation models. She is working for several years on eco-innovations conducting empirical and theoretical research projects on the determinants of eco-innovation and the role of policy instruments, the role of eco-innovation in industrial dynamics and firms' innovative strategies.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

July 1, 2009:

Professor Vanessa Oltra, Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA), University of Bordeaux IV, France has been invited to stay at GPSS for one month and will give the Special Lecture on Sustainability Science II: Evolutionary Analysis of Innovation Systems, Industrial Dynamics, and Sustainability at Lecture Room 4 on the fourth floor of the Environmental Building.

The schedule of the lectures is as follows:

Friday, July 3 at 14:45-16:25 and 16:30-18:10
Friday, July 10 at 14:45-16:25 and 16:30-18:10
Friday, July 17 at 14:45-16:25 and 16:30-18:10.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

June 26, 2009:

The 17th GERPISA International Colloquium was held on June 17-19 in Paris. The following paper was presented in Session 2 on New Technologies - Electric Vehicles:

Dijk, Marc, and Masaru Yarime, "Emergence of Electric Engines and Co-evolution of the Car Engine Market: Post-1990 Path Creation in a Path Dependent Sector," Paper presented at the 17th GERPISA International Colloquium on Sustainable Development in the Automobile Industry: Changing Landscapes and Actors Research Programme on Sustainable Development in the Automobile Industry, Paris, France, 17-19 June (2009).

 

June 24, 2009:

The following article has been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production:

Yarime, Masaru, "Public Coordination for Escaping from Technological Lock-in: Its Possibilities and Limits in Replacing Diesel Vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles in Tokyo," Journal of Cleaner Production, 17 (14), 1281-1288 (2009).

 

June 23, 2009:

We will organize the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 9 on Friday, June 26 at 16:30-18:30 at Lecture Room 3. Please join us in discussing the important issue of research and education in sustainability science.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 9

Title: Theory, Empirical Research, and Teaching in Sustainability Science – Challenges, Gaps, and Future Trajectories

Speakers: Dr. Arnim Wiek and David Iwaniec, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, United States

Abstract:
The emerging field of sustainability science proposes new ways of organizing and conducting science from a problem-driven and solution oriented perspective in close collaboration with non-academic stakeholder groups. Thereby, sustainability science is challenging dominant research and teaching institutions in place (rules-in-use). These challenges have led to some significant gaps with respect to the congruence between the theoretical framework and the actual research  and teaching practices in sustainability science. Yet, promising future trajectories and strategies have been developed to establish genuine sustainability programs in research and education. In this seminar, we will be exploring some of the challenges and strategies with the example of a graduate course in sustainability science at the University of Tokyo.

Biographical Statements:
Arnim Wiek is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He has conducted sustainability research on urban development, land use conflicts, and resource management in different European countries, Canada, USA, and Sri Lanka, as well as on sustainable governance of nanotechnology and nuclear power. His methodological research has focused on the collaboration between scientists and non-academic partners from government, business, and the civil society to support sustainability transitions. His current interest addresses the question of how sustainability science can be developed as a genuine problem- and solution-oriented research field to make a substantial contribution to sustainability challenges. Prior to Arizona State University, he was Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, with funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (2007-2008). He holds a PhD in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, a Master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Jena, and a Master’s degree in philosophy from the Free University Berlin.

David Iwaniec is a PhD student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, with funding from the National Science Foundation. He holds a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences with concentrations in both Mathematics and Statistics from Florida International University. His Master’s research was in the field of ecosystems ecology. His background includes research on system stability, valuation of ecosystem services, ecosystem-based management, and systems modeling. His research interests have evolved toward use-inspired sustainability research on urban stability and state change. He is passionate about furthering the development of sustainability science and contributing to the innovations associated with this developing field. Another area of interest is teaching and learning, especially product-driven working group models which allow for peer-teaching and facilitated collaboration.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

June 22, 2009:

DRUID Society Summer Conference 2009 on Innovation, Strategy and Knowledge was held on June 17-19 in Copenhagen. I presented the following paper in the Parallel Session 48 on Eco-Innovation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Eco-Innovation through University-Industry Collaboration: Co-Evolution of Technology and Institution for the Development of Lead-Free Solders," Paper presented at the DRUID Society Summer Conference 2009, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 17-19 (2009).

 

June 8, 2009:

The following article will be published soon in the International Journal of Innovation Management:

Baba, Yasunori, Masaru Yarime, and Naohiro Shichijo, "Sources of Success in Advanced Materials Innovation: The Role of 'Core Researchers' in University-Industry Collaboration in Japan," International Journal of Innovation Management, forthcoming.

 

June 1, 2009:

Dr. Arnim Wiek, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, United States has been invited to stay at GPSS for one month and will give special lectures in the Practical Course on Systems Thinking and Consensus Building.

 

May 31, 2009:

The 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) was held on May 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona in the Untied States. I presented the following paper at ISSST Track 1: Products, Systems, and Services - Green Design and Manufacturing.

Yarime, Masaru, "Bringing Forth Sustainability Innovation in the Electronic Industry: The Case of Lead-Free Solders," Paper presented at the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Tempe, Arizona, United States, May 18-20 (2009).

I also participated in the IEEE Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee held at the same time.

 

After ISSST I left Phoenix for Paris to participate in the CSTP Expert Workshop on Fostering Innovation to Address Social Challenges held on May 25-26 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As the Discussant of Session 2, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Comments on Barriers to Research and Innovation for Solving Social Challenges," Presentation at the CSTP Workshop on Fostering Innovation to Address Social Challenges, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France, May 25-26 (2009).

 

May 5, 2009:

The following article will be published soon in the Journal of Cleaner Production:

Yarime, Masaru, "Public Coordination for Escaping from Technological Lock-in: Its Possibilities and Limits in Replacing Diesel Vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles in Tokyo," Journal of Cleaner Production, forthcoming.

 

May 4, 2009:

Todai Forum 2009 on Human Security and Business was held at the Cass Business School, City University London on April 27 and 28. At Session 3 on Governance, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Establishing Sustainable Business Models for Human Security: From Corporate Governance to Social Innovation," Session 3 on Governance, Todai Forum 2009 on Human Security and Business, Cass Business School, City University London, London, United Kingdom, April 27-28 (2009).

 

April 17, 2009:

We will organize a Briefing Session for Prospective Students to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 13:00 at the FS Hall of the the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. If you are interested in applying for admission to GPSS, please join us.

 

April 1, 2009:

Since April I have become a member of the editorial board of the international journal Sustainability Science (Springer).

 

March 28, 2009:

On March 24 I made a presentation at the Council for Chemical Innovation Strategies of the Japan Chemical Innovation Institute (JCII):

Yarime, Masaru, "Chemical Innovation for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Council for Chemical Innovation Strategies, Japan Chemical Innovation Institute (JCII), Tokyo, March 24 (2009).

 

Since March 2009 I have become a member of the Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee of IEEE.

 

March 22, 2009:

The following paper has been published in Energy and Resources, Vol. 30, No. 2 (2009):

Mino, Takashi, Motoharu Onuki, and Masaru Yarime, "Human Resource Development for the Establishment of a Sustainable Society and the Role of University" (in Japanese), Energy and Resources, 30 (2), 48-52 (2009).

 

March 21, 2009:

The Collaborative Workshop on National Strategies for Science, Technology, and Innovation and the Role of Academic Societies and Associations was organized by the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management (JSSPRM) and the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies (JSSTS) on March 17 at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. I made the following presentation in Session 3 "Challenges in Japanese Strategies for Science, Technology, and Innovation: Policy Process and Knowledge Use."

Yarime, Masaru, "The Role of Research and Policy Communities for Innovation: Transdisciplinary Approaches for Tackling Social Issues" (in Japanese), Collaborative Workshop on National Strategies for Science, Technology, and Innovation and the Role of Academic Societies and Associations, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, March 17 (2009).

 

We will organize the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 8 on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00-11:30 at Lecture Room 3 of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Barry Ness of Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden will discuss the development of assessment tools in sustainability science with a case study of the Swedish sugar sector. If you are interested in this issue, please feel free to join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 8

"Sustainability of the Swedish Sugar Sector: Assessment Tool Development and Case Study Appraisal"

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 10:00-11:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker: Dr. Barry Ness, Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University (LUCSUS), Sweden

Abstract:
This thesis contributes to the development of tools and methods for assessing sustainability and applies them to an assessment of the Swedish sugar production system. The thesisf aims are to compile an overview of the existing approaches for assessing sustainability, to suggest a method(s) for structuring and analyzing complex sustainability issues, and to appraise sustainability impacts from Swedish sugar production. The sugar sector analyses uncovered a number of regional to global sustainability challenges stemming from the production system.? An analysis using an integrated assessment model calculated the impacts for a number of social and ecological indicators accompanying the ongoing decrease in the sugar production quota and beet and sugar prices for Sweden. A GIS-based proximity analysis tool was used to calculate beet transport distances. Distance results are then used to estimate diesel fuel consumption and air emissions for five pollutants during the movement of beets from field to processing facility.

The assessment tool survey and categorization showed that many available approaches for assessing sustainability are incomplete when more holistic interpretations of sustainability are considered, but that development to address the deficiencies is ongoing with many of the approaches. A new approach to structure complex issues of unsustainability that fuses the DPSIR framework within Torsten Hagerstrandfs system of nested domains is also presented. The research presented in the thesis is a first step in a long pathway to a comprehensive understanding and development of sustainability science and the actualization of sustainable development.

Biography:
Barry Ness of Lund University is the first to receive a doctoral degree in sustainability science in Sweden. He also holds a Masterfs degree from Lund in environmental studies and sustainability science (LUMES) and a Bachelorfs degree in economics from the University of Minnesota. His research interests are diverse but focus significantly on understanding the variety of tools that exist for sustainability assessment, conceptualizing complex problems of sustainability based on scale and cross-scale interactions, and quantitative environmental and sustainability assessment. The majority of Barryfs recent research has focused on the assessment of industrial agricultural systems for food bioenergy along with other past research focusing on municipal solid waste treatment and waste water purification systems. Barry was born and raised in the United States, but has lived in Southern Sweden for the past decade.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

March 14, 2009:

The International Workshop on Knowledge Use and Exchange in Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy Formation under Major Government Initiatives: From an International Perspective was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 11. In this workshop we discussed the findings of the International Collaborative Project on Innovation Policy and the Methodologies of Policy Analysis, organized by the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. I made the following presentation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Research and Policy Communities in Japan: Towards an Analysis of University-Industry-Government Networks," Presentation at the International Workshop on Knowledge Use and Exchange in the Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy Formation under Major Government Initiatives: From an International Perspective, Tokyo, March 11 (2009).

 

We will organize the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 7 on Wednesday, March 18. The speaker is Dr. Eniola Fabusoro, an agro-sociologist at the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria. He will discuss essential values for sustainability in developing countries from the perspective of culture and modernization.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 7

"Culture and Modernisation: Essential Values for Sustainability in Developing Societies"

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 10:00-11:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker:
Eniola Fabusoro, PhD
Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
(Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Social and International Relations, University of Tokyo)

Abstract:
When I first came to Japan in 2005, I received a great shock of my life that a country so well developed still retains main parts of his culture despite its high level of modernisation. Now eam back in 2009, the situation is still the same, at least to an outsider like me. Then I looked back to my country and continent Africa that has been struggling to develop, yet gravitating rapidly towards modernisation. As a foreigner that could not speak any Japanese language other than earigatof, I begin to appreciate the high level of modernisation in the midst of rich cultural heritage. Being an academic with some knowledge in sociology, I took interest in analysing the society sociologically and compare with some developed and developing societies around me. I found out that there have been many debates on the interplay between culture or tradition, as often termed by many scholars, and modernisation. Although many of these differ in their hypotheses and submissions, a common landing point, particularly among sociologists and cultural anthropologists, has been the beauty of ecultural modernisationf which has been seen to be a factor in the sustainable development of some societies. While accepting modernisation as a way of life necessary for every society to keep in tune with the globalised world, the integration of culture into this process, I have seen, will ensure sustainability of the developing societies over time. It will require a conscious import of modernised ideals adapted into the socio-cultural system of those societies. I take culture to be the root of every society and fundamental to the sustainability of what ever forms of development a society may achieve. Also if culture is taken as a eway of lifef, it may be a time to do a cultural stock taking of some societies to see what eways of lifef are congenital to sustainable development and which ones are not. In the face of global financial and food crisis and the imminent climate change, the developing societies in Africa need to adopt or redefine certain values that will ensure the sustainability of their development efforts and restore hope for the future generation. Some African societies were far better than Japan after the end of World War II in 1945. Ghana and South Korea had similar economies in the 1960s; Nigeria had greater potential to develop that Malaysia in the end of 1960s. Today the reason why the Asian have developed and African undeveloped are rooted in the cultural values adopted by the two societies. Since our focus is on sustainability, this paper will generate discussion issues to understand the intricacies of culture in sustainable development.

A Brief of Profile:
Eniola Fabusoro is an agro-sociologist and presently a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. With an agricultural background, he is more interested in research on rural sociology and development issues and has good experience of rural situation and pastoral livelihoods in other parts of Africa, particularly countries of west, central and east Africa. He is a two times grantee of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and a Fellow of Agriculture for Peace in Africa of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan. He has special interest in issues relating to property rights, social dynamics and collective action, conflict management and transformation, development communication, spatial factors in livelihoods analysis, natural resource use, among others. He works permanently for the department of agricultural extension and rural development, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

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March 13, 2009:

Mr. Hans Pohl of the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has been staying in my group since the beginning of January 2009.

Mr. Hans Pohl, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden.

The topic of our joint research is comparative analysis of the development of electric vehicles in Japan, Europe, and the United States. He will stay here until the end of August.

 

Dr. Barry Ness of Lund University, Sweden has been staying in my group from the beginning to the end of March.

Dr. Barry Ness, Center for Sustainability Studies, Lund University (LUCSUS), Lund, Sweden.

He gives special lectures on Sustainability Assessment and Systems Analysis, and we are discussing future collaboration for education and research activities on sustainability science.

 

We organized the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 6 on February 10. The speaker was Dr. S. M. Atiqul Islam, Associate Professor of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET). He presented the current state of water pollution, including arsenic pollution, and discussed possibilities and challenges for taking effective countermeasures.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 6

Date: Thursday, February 10, 10:00-11:30
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

"The Perspectives of Water Environment in Bangladesh"

Dr. S.M. Atiqul Islam, Associate Professor, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Broad Abstract:

Safe water and sanitation are essential for the development of public health. The Government of Bangladesh has a goal to ensure that all people have access to safe water and sanitation services at an affordable cost. To achieve this goal and to ensure that development in the water supply and sanitation sector is equitable and sustainable, formulation of National Policy for Safe Water Supply and Sanitation is essential. GOB started initiative with the help of UNICEF in early 70s of past century and got success in water supply. GOB could able to cover more than 98% people with safe drinking water by supplying groundwater using simple technology hand tube-well within 20 years. This success became ruined when toxic arsenic was observed in ground water of Bangladesh almost all over the country.

Groundwater contamination by arsenic is a severe problem now in Bangladesh. Presently, 59 districts and 60% land are affected by arsenic contamination. It is estimated that more than 35 million people are consuming arsenic-polluted ground water alone in Bangladesh where underground water is used mainly for drinking and cooking (Das et al., 2004). The worst affected districts are Chandpur, Bagerhat, Comilla, Meherpur, Jessore, Chapai Nawabganj, Rajshahi and Rangpur (BGS, 2000). The World Health Organization (WHO) considers drinking water to be safe at arsenic concentrations below 0.01 mg/l.? According to Bangladesh national standards, the maximum permissible limit for Arsenic is 0.05 mg/l.? In 2002, the total number of arsenic- related patients in Bangladesh was estimated at approximately 13,000 people.

In Bangladesh, most attention has been given to the arsenic contamination of drinking water. Besides domestic use (drinking, cooking, washing, etc.), significant quantities of water from shallow aquifers are being used in the dry season especially for irrigating paddy and vegetables. In Bangladesh, both shallow tube-wells (STW) and deep tube-wells (DTW) are used in large numbers (approximately 2.6 million) to irrigate about 2.5 million ha of land, which contributes significantly to the countryfs food grain production. Long-term use of arsenic contaminated water for irrigation purposes may result in elevated arsenic concentration in soils (Ullah, 1998; Alam and Satter, 2000; Huq et al., 2003; Ali et al., 2003; Islam et al., 2004; Islam et al., 2006; 2007). Use of arsenic contaminated irrigation water for growing crops in arsenic rich soil may lead to crop yield losses and elevated arsenic concentrations in cereals, vegetables and other agricultural products (Abedin et al., 2002; Meharg and Rahman, 2003; Hironaka? and Ahmed, 2003; Williams et al., 2003; Das et al., 2004; Islam et al., 2006). Rice is the staple food crop and production of rice is largely dependent on arsenic contaminated irrigation water, which explains the importance of arsenic issue in rice. Objective of this presentation is to provide a knowledge base on water environment of Bangladesh and associated activities that pose risk to sustainability human and eco-system as well.

Dr. S.M. Atiqul Islam, Associate Professor, DUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sep 2005 - Mar 2006: Project Research Associate, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), University of Tokyo
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo (2005)

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February 27, 2009:

The following articles have been published in the Journal of Science Policy and Research Management, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2008).

Juma, Calestous, and Masaru Yarime, "The Role of Institutions of Higher Learning in Creating Innovation for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Journal of Science Policy and Research Management, 23 (3), 186-193 (2008).

Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Innovation as a Knowledge Circulation System" (in Japanese), Journal of Science Policy and Research Management, 23 (3), 227-235 (2008).

 

February 26, 2009:

I have been appointed as a Special Coordinating Member of the Subcommittee on International Scientific Data of the Committee on Information Science of the Science Council of Japan.

 

February 25, 2009:

At the Forum on Sustainability Science Programs in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2009 held in Chicago, United States on February 12-16, I got interviewed by Medill Reports Chicago, which summarizes the discussions as follows:

"Sustainability science pulls from all fields to take on climate change challenges," Medill Reports Chicago, February 24 (2009).

 

February 24, 2009:

On Friday, January 23, I made a presentation at the Cirus Seminar organized at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) in Zurich, Switzerland.

Yarime, Masaru, "Global Innovation Systems on Membrane Technologies," Cirus Seminar, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dubendorf, Switzerland, January 23 (2009).

 

I participated in the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2009 held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich on January 26-29. At the Poster Session the following poster presentation was made:

Kajikawa, Yuya, Masaru Yarime, Yoshiyuki Takeda, Katsumori Matsushima, and Hiroshi Komiyama "Academic Landscape of Sustainability Science," Poster Presentation, Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2009, Zurich, Switzerland, January, 26-29 (2009).

 

Science-Society Symposium "History and Social Studies of Science as General Education at Graduate Schools: Towards Training of Society-Oriented Researchers" was organized by the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai) on January 30-31 at Shonan Village Center in Hayama, Kanagawa. In the symposium I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Institutionalization of Interactions between Science and Society" (in Japanese), Presentation at the Science-Society Symposium "History and Social Studies of Science as General Education at Graduate Schools: Towards Training of Society-Oriented Researchers," organized by the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Shonan Village Center, Hayama, Kanagawa, January 30-31 (2009).

 

At the International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2009 held at the University of Tokyo on February 5-7, I organized Session 7 on the Development of Doctoral Programs on Sustainability Science as Session Chair. In the session I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Future Challenges in Sustainability Science," Presentation at Session 7 on the Development of Doctoral Programs on Sustainability Science, International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) 2009, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, February 5-7 (2009).

 

On February 10 the 8th seminar of the Research Group on Peacebuilding and Business "Insect-Borne Diseases and the Development of Olyset Net" was held at the University of Tokyo, co-organized with the the Division of University-Corporate Relations, Human Security Program (HSP), Peacebuilding Study Group, Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, and the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS). Dr. ITO Takaaki of Sumitomo Chemical was invited to talk about the development of the insecticidal Olyset net for preventing the transmission of malaria and future challenges for its adoption and diffusion in Africa. In the seminar I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Establishing Social Business Models for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Presentation at the 8th Seminar of the Research Group on Peacebuilding and Business, University of Tokyo, February 10 (2009).

 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2009 was held in Chicago, United States on February 12-16. I organized the Symposium on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainability of Our Planet on February 13 and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "University-Industry Collaboration for Sustainability Innovation," Presentation at the Symposium on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainability of Our Planet, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2009, Chicago, United States, February 13 (2009)

I also participated in the Session on Sustainability Science Programs, organized by Forum on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development. Many experts involved in programs on sustainability science at universities and research institutes mainly in the United States discussed possibilities and challenges facing sustainability science, many of which have also been raised at the International Conference on Sustainability Science 2009 held in Tokyo on February 5-7. Among the issues discussed intensely by the participants include how to integrate different disciplines and approaches to establish sustainability science as an academic field, how to institutionalize sustainability science by developing career paths tenure systems, and how to collaborate various stakeholders in society including industry.

Medill News Service in Chicago covers the discussions on sustainability science at the AAAS Annual Meeting (although the report is not necessarily correct in details.)

"'Sustainability science' seeks to preserve food, water and energy on a beleaguered planet," Medill Reports Chicago, February 13 (2009).

 

January 19, 2009:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 5 on Monday, January 19 at 10:00-11:00 in Lecture Room 2 on the second floor of the Environmental Building. Dr. Espen Moe will discuss political economy of the energy industry, focusing on the role of vested interests and its implications for sustainability. If you are interested in this topic, please join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 5

"Energy, Industry and Politics: Some Schumpeterian Perspectives on Vested Interests and Structural Economic Change for Long-Term Growth and Development"

Date: Monday, January 19, 10:00-11:00
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Second Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker: Dr. Espen Moe
JSPS Post Doctoral Fellow, Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies
Post Doctoral Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (NTNU), Industrial Ecology Program
Ph.D., UCLA, Department of Political Science, 2004.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

December 20, 2008:

The Fourth International Symposium on Technological Innovations in Japan - Research on the History of Technology by Engineers - was held at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo on December 10-11. I made a presentation of the following paper on sustainability innovation:

Yarime, Masaru, "International Comparative Analysis of Innovation Systems for Sustainability" (in Japanese), Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Technological Innovations in Japan - Research on the History of Technology by Engineers -, 75-78 (2008).

 

Nissan Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2008 was held on December 8-15 at Sajima Marina in Yokosuka, Japan. Approximately 40 graduate students coming from all over the world participated in the program and worked on various issues related to sustainability, with a particular focus on sustainable transportation systems in the future. I organized the module 5 on innovation and sustainability, responsible for a lecture and exercise.

Yarime, Masaru, "Module 5: Innovation and Sustainability," Nissan Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2008, Yokosuka, Japan, December 13 (2008).

 

The Annual Research Workshop of the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) was held on December 18 at the University of Tokyo. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Designing Data-Driven Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Presentation at the Annual Research Workshop of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, December 18 (2008).

 

October 31, 2008:

The following article has been published in the Journal of Japan Society of Information and Knowledge, Vol. 18, No. 3 (2008):

Yarime, Masaru, "Establishment of Global Information Commons for Innovation: Current Issues and Future Potentials" (in Japanese), Journal of Japan Society of Information and Knowledge, 18 (3), 249-259 (2008).

 

October 28, 2008:

We will organize Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 4 on Friday, November 7 at 16:30-18:00 at Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building in the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. Based on a recent report for the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in the UK, Dr. Ismael Rafols of the University of Sussex will describe trends and characteristics of nanomaterials innovation systems and discuss how to establish and implement a effective governance system for nanomaterials innovation, utilizing policy and institutional mechanisms such as precautionary regulatory appraisal and transition management. If you are interested in this topic, please feel free to join us.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 4

"The Direction of Innovation in Nanomaterials"

Ismael Rafols, Patrick van Zwanenberg, Molly Morgan and Paul Nightingale

SPRU - Science & Technology Policy Research
University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9QE, England
I.Rafols@sussex.ac.uk
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/irafols

Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

This seminar is jointly organized with the Innovation and Institutionalization of Technology Assessment in Japan (I2TA).

Abstract:

A feature of both scholarly and policy debate on the governance of nanotechnologies is increasing attention to the role of human agency in the unfolding directions of technological futures. This is reflected, for example, in academic interest in how public engagement activities can be moved eupstreamf in the innovation process, and with official interest in whether, and how, socially legitimate and environmentally beneficial nanotechnology applications might be actively encouraged - alongside the more traditional regulatory concerns with minimising the adverse physical impacts of nanotechnology innovation.

In this paper we report one pilot research into the nature of innovation systems for one type of nanotechnology, namely nanomaterials, and the scope for its purposeful direction. Based on evolutionary assumptions about technology innovation and use, we first describe and examine the links between research, policy and economic actors in the innovation system. On the basis of this mapping we sketch some of the driving forces underlying the direction of current nanomaterials innovation and we identify potential points of policy intervention within those systems.

This empirical analysis is then linked to an assessment of potential regulatory mechanisms and governance strategies available to policy-makers. We describe how recent scholarship on precautionary regulatory appraisal and transition management highlights a suite of potentially useful policy mechanisms by which innovation could be purposefully directed and we describe where such mechanisms might be applied within the current nonmaterial innovation system.

Note: This presentation is based on a report we prepared for the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution available at:
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/documents/spru-rcep-nanomaterials.pdf

Biography:

Ismael Rafols is a research fellow at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex (UK). He studies the emergence of new technologies, such as bionanotechnologies or synthetic biology, focusing on the (interdisciplinary) processes of translation/integration of knowledge among different epistemic cultures. He also contributes to broader studies on the mapping and the governance of nanotechnologies. Before his arrival to SPRU in 2004, Ismael had worked as a biophysicist in Tohoku Univ. (Japan) and Cornell Univ., as well as on international cooperation in Oxfam and the City Council of Barcelona.

Contact: YARIME Masaru

 

October 17, 2008:

The following book on the potentials and challenges in utilizing hydrogen in the transport sector with a particular focus on developing countries has been just published, including my chapter on the strategy of the Japanese automobile industry on hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Its contents are now accessible through the web page of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC):

Yarime, Masaru, Hideaki Shiroyama, and Yusuke Kuroki, "The Strategies of the Japanese Auto Industry in Developing Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles," in Lynn K. Mytelka and Grand Boyle, eds., Making Choices about Hydrogen: Transport Issues for Developing Countries, Tokyo: United Nations University Press; and Ottawa: IDRC Press, 187-212 (2008).

 

October 16, 2008:

At the Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo, I supervised the following master's thesis, which was completed in September 2008:

Du, Yuming, "Quantitative Analysis of Regional Data on Environmental Investment and Industry in China," Master's Thesis (Supervisor: YARIME Masaru), Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, September (2008).

 

October 15, 2008:

I participated in the DIME International Conference on Innovation, Sustainability and Policy held on September 11-13 at GREThA, University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, Bordeaux, France. This conference was organized by the EU-funded research project, Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe (DIME). I made a presentation on a case study of sustainable innovation in Japan.

Yarime, Masaru, "Effects of University-Industry Collaboration Networks on the Co-evolution of Technology and Institution: Innovation on Lead-Free Solders in Japan, Europe, and the United States," Paper presented at the DIME International Conference on Innovation, Sustainability and Policy, GREThA, University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, Bordeaux, France, September 11-13, pp. 1-41 (2008).

The issue of innovation and sustainability has been increasingly emphasized in many parts of the world, especially in Europe.

 

After the DIME conference, I visited New Delhi, India to participate in the 14th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference. At Track 1: Sustainability Science, I presented a bibliometric examination of research collaboration towards institutional analysis of sustainability science.

Yarime, Masaru, Yoshiyuki Takeda, and Yuya Kajikawa, "Towards Institutional Analysis of Sustainability Science: An Examination of the Patterns of Research Collaboration," Paper presented at the 14th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, New Delhi, India, September 21-23, pp. 1-26 (2008).

 

Following the conference in New Delhi, I returned to Europe as I was also invited as a speaker to the 5th BMBF Forum for Sustainability: Research for Sustainability - Driver for Innovation, Berlin, Germany, September 23-25, organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). At Session E1: Global Perspectives for Sustainability Science - Which Way for Europe?, I presented our research and educational activities conducted on sustainability science in Japan.

Yarime, Masaru, "Exploring Sustainability Science: Opportunities and Challenges for Innovation," Invited Speech, Session E1: Global Perspectives for Sustainability Science - Which Way for Europe?, 5th BMBF Forum for Sustainability: Research for Sustainability - Driver for Innovation, Berlin, Germany, September 23-25 (2008).

Recently it has become an important issue to policy makers in many countries in Europe, notably Germany, how to make an effective linkage from research on sustainability to innovation in society, and discussions have been started at different levels for establishing and implementing collaboration between policy, science, and industrial communities. At the BMBF conference, I also took part in the Film Project "Research for Sustainability".

 

During my stay in Berlin, I could participate in a meeting of European Sustainability Science Group (ESSG). We had very fruitful discussions with regard to the establishment of sustainability science as an academic field (concepts, methodologies, and tools), institutionalization (organizations, journals, educational systems, career paths), and networking with and outreach to stakeholders in society. Taking this opportunity, I have joined ESSG as an affiliate member.

 

On October 5-8 I participated in the 21th International CODATA Conference "Scientific Information for Society - From Today to the Future" held at the National Technical University of Ukraine, "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute," Kyiv, Ukraine. At this conference I organized Session G1: Structuring Data, Information, and Knowledge for Sustainability Science and Innovation and made a presentation on the role and implications of the Global Information Commons for Science Initiative (GICSI) for sustainability science and innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Global Information Commons for Science Initiative and Its Implications for Sustainability Science and Innovation," Session G1: Structuring Data, Information, and Knowledge for Sustainability Science and Innovation, 21th International CODATA Conference "Scientific Information for Society - From Today to the Future," Kyiv, Ukraine, October 5-8 (2008).

 

August 6, 2008:

At the STS Network Japan Summer School 2008, which was held on August 1-3 in Matsushima, Miyagi, Japan, I participated as a panelist on the Panel Session on Innovation and Science and Technology Policy and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Diversity in Innovation Studies: Towards Dialogue between the Science and Technology Policy (STP) and STS Communities" (in Japanese), Panel Session on Innovation and Science and Technology Policy, STS Network Japan Summer School 2008, Matsushima, Miyagi, Japan, August 3 (2008).

 

July 20, 2008:

The following article on sustainability science has been published in the Japanese journal of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) Sasutena:

Yarime, Masaru, "Possibilities and Challenges in Sustainability Science: IR3S, AAAS, and GPSS" (in Japanese), Sasutena, 8, 92-98 (2008).

 

July 15, 2008:

I have just joined as a member the International Collaboration Project on Innovation Policy and Policy Analysis Methodology, Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. We plan to examine process models for science, technology, and innovation policy-making and to discuss how to improve the current policy-making process, analyzing the conditions for effectively channeling the findings of the academic community of policy studies to the policy makers.

 

July 14, 2008:

A book which discusses the possibilities and challenges for the utilization of hydrogen in the transport sector will be published soon:

Lynn K. Mytelka and Grand Boyle, eds., Making Choices about Hydrogen: Transport Issues for Developing Countries, Tokyo: United Nations University Press; and Ottawa: IDRC Press (2008).

I have written a chapter which examines the strategies of Japanese automobile manufacturers on developing hybrid and fuel cell vehicles:

Yarime, Masaru, Hideaki Shiroyama, and Yusuke Kuroki, "The Strategies of the Japanese Auto Industry in Developing Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles," in Lynn K. Mytelka and Grand Boyle, eds., Making Choices about Hydrogen: Transport Issues for Developing Countries, Tokyo: United Nations University Press; and Ottawa: IDRC Press, 187-212 (2008).

 

July 8, 2008:

There will be a seminar on sustainability from the perspective of regional innovation systems on Friday, July 11 at 16:30-18:00 at the Lecture Room 3. The speaker is Dr. Fumi Kitagawa, Assistant Professor of Lund University in Sweden. She will discuss the implications of recent studies on regional innovation systems for the issue of sustainability, using some case studies in Europe. If you are interested, you are most welcome to participate in this seminar.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 3

"Sustainability from the Perspective of Regional Innovation Systems"

Date: Friday, July 11, 2008
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Third Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker: Fumi Kitagawa, PhD (Urban and Regional Studies)
Assistant Professor
Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE)
Lund University, Sweden

Abstract:
The aim of the presentation is twofold. Firstly, I would like to introduce Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University in Sweden, where I am based. CIRCLE was set up as an interdisciplinary research centre in 2004, as a research centre of excellence in innovation studies. I would like to tell you some of the works I am currently working on at CIRCLE (e.g. ESF funded project, Constructing Regional Advantage). Secondly, although I donft have any expertise in the areas of sustainability studies myself, I would like to give a short presentation on esustainability issues from regional innovation systems perspectivef. This is based on some of the recent works conducted by Professor Phil Cooke at Cardiff University in the UK on Cleantech and platform policies (Cooke, 2008). The complex content of the clean tech platform will be identified - encompassing energy related agriculture, air and environment, materials, and healthcare biosciences. Some of the cases in Denmark, Sweden etc will be discussed. I will try to link this to recent theoretical discussion in the area of economic geography.

Short Bio:
Fumi Kitagawa joined CIRCLE as Assistant professor in January 2008. Previously, she worked as Research Fellow at Department of Higher Education, National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) in Japan, conducting a wide range of research on higher education policy issues. Between 2006 and 2007, Fumi was involved in two international peer review teams for the OECD project "Supporting the Contribution of HEIs to Regional Development" (Metropolitan City of Pusan in South Korea, and the Atlantic Canada region in Canada). In 2005, she held Jean Monnet Fellowship at European University Institute as part of the European Forum gThe role of universities in innovation systemsh whilst she was a lecturer at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Birmingham in 2004, and her PhD thesis was entitled Universities and Regional Advantage in the Knowledge Economy: Markets, Governance and Networks as Developing in English Regions.

Organizer: YARIME Masaru

 

June 23, 2008:

I participated in the 25th DRUID Celebration Conference 2008 on Entrepreneurship and Innovation held in Copenhagen on June 17-20. The following paper was presented at the conference:

Yarime, Masaru, Yoshiyuki Takeda, and Yuya Kajikawa, "Patterns of Collaboration in Emerging Fields of Trans-Disciplinary Science: The Case of Sustainability Science," Paper presented at the 25th DRUID Celebration Conference 2008 on Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Organizations, Institutions, Systems and Regions, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 17-20 (2008).

 

May 31, 2008:

We will organize a seminar on the photovoltaics innovation system in Japan on Wednesday, June 4 at 16:30-18:00 at the Lecture Room 3 on the Third Floor of the Environmental Building. The speaker is working on a comparative study between the Japanese and Dutch innovation systems on photovoltaics in Management of Technology at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and is currently a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Everybody is welcome to participate in this seminar.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 2

"Learning from the Japanese PV Technology Specific Innovation Systems: What are the driving forces behind the development of PV technologies in Japan?"

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building 3F, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker:
Ms. Marjan Prent, Researcher, The Netherlands Office for Science and Technology
Royal Netherlands Embassy (Webpage: http://www.twanetwerk.nl)

Seminar:
Between February and June 2008, Marjan Prent has investigated how the Innovation Systems of several PV (photo-voltaic) technologies in Japan are organized, and how they are performing. This seminar will discuss the initial conclusions from this research and will give insight into which factors promote and inhibit the development of PV in Japan. Though part of the research involves a comparison with the Netherlands, the focus of this seminar will lie on the Japanese analysis.

Introduction:
Japan is a frontrunner in the development and implementation of renewable energy technologies. One of the areas where Japan is highly proficient is in the field of PV technologies. Many countries, such as the Netherlands, are very keen to learn more about the innovations that are developed in Japan. However, they usually overlook the main problem with adopting new technologies, i.e. that the technology needs to be integrated into an existing social and technological system. Each technology has its own unique network of institutions that enables a technological breakthrough to diffuse successfully in the market. Such systems are often referred to as eTechnology Specific Innovation Systemsf (TSIS) and include actors such as: universities, R&D institutes, manufacturers, users, branch organizations, government, interest groups and financial institutions. On the basis of Japanfs success rate in developing and implementing PV innovations, it is safe to assume that the Japanese PV TSIS are well organized. Countries such as the Netherlands might benefit from learning how Japanese TSIS function. Therefore, an in-depth study of these Japanese Systems of Innovation will be of value.

Research:
The research is part of a 6-month master thesis research to be completed in July 2008. The research will also fill in the Japanese part of the gStatus rapport eSolar PV (Photovoltaic conversion of solar energy)h of SenterNovem, the funding agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. The objective of the research is to investigate the organization and performance of several Japanese Energy Innovation Systems in Japan. After this analysis a comparison will be made between the Dutch and Japanese systems, which may lead to recommendations to the Netherlands energy sector how they can speed up the creation and diffusion of PV technologies. In total 7 PV technologies have been chosen: Solar grade silicon, crystalline silicon solar cells, thin-film silicon solar cells, stacked silicon solar cells, CIS solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and polymer solar cells. The TSIS were investigated through interviews with key actors within the Japanese PV branch, including: manufacturers, suppliers, government organizations and research institutes. With the completion of the investigation of the Japanese PV Innovation systems, Marjan Prent will return to the Netherlands in the beginning of June to complete the comparison between the Dutch and Japanese systems. To work on

Profile of Researcher:
Marjan Prent (BSc. Electrical Engineering) is currently finishing her Masterfs Degree in Management of Technology at Delft University of Technology and is pursuing a Bachelorfs Degree in Languages and Cultures of Japan at Leiden University. The research in Japan was commissioned by the Netherlands Office of Science and Technology of the Royal Netherlands Embassy and is conducted in collaboration with SenterNovem, the Innovation Systems department of Delft University of Technology and the department of Innovation and Environmental Sciences of Utrecht University.

Organizer: YARIME Masaru

 

May 27, 2008:

International Workshop on Open Data and Knowledge Environments for Innovative Research and Development was held in Shanghai, China on May 24-26, 2008. This workshop was organized by the Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries (e-SDDC), one of the Communities of Expertise (CoE) covered by the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID). I acted as one of the Co-Chairs of Session 2: International and National Level Programs in Open Data and Knowledge Environments (ODKE). In Session 6: Training, Technology Assistance and Joint Database Development, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Institutions for Knowledge and Information Sharing and Collaboration," Presentation at the International Workshop on Open Data and Knowledge Environments for Innovative Research and Development, Shanghai, China, May 24-26 (2008).

 

The Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) gTowards a Vibrant Africa: Continent of Hope and Opportunityh will be held in Yokohama, Japan on May 28-30, 2008. Within the framework of the TICAD process, Seminar on Capacity Development and Policy Needs for Environmental Management Technology Development in Africa will be organized at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Pacifico-Yokohama, Yokohama on May 29. If you are interested, please participate in this seminar.

United Nations University TICAD IV Side Event
gCapacity Development and Policy Needs for Environment Management Technology Development in Africah

14:00-15:30, 29 May 2008
UNU-Institute of Advanced Studies, Pacifico-Yokohama 6F, Yokohama

Technology for environmental monitoring and management are pre-requisites for appropriate environmental governance for sustainable development. Improving local capacities to respond and meet these needs in a sustainable manner through higher educational opportunities and policies fostering development and application of such technologies are urgently needed. Rapidly changing environmental conditions under population and development pressures adds to the urgency of these needs.

African educational quality in the area of environmental technology and management policy has been improved to some extent in some countries through strong supportive educational policies assisted by international exposure opportunities. This seminar will identify and examine challenges and opportunities to harness and improve this potential toward developing environmental technologies and management policy capacities in a sustained manner in Africa. Innovative research and training opportunities, Public-Private Partnership activities, supported by global knowledge, expertise and goodwill should all come together to make best use of current opportunities and synergies in making development sustainable in a vibrant Africa.

14:00-14:40
Keynote 1: Environmental technology in Africa: Status and Needs
Prof. Stephen Simukanga, Vice-Chancellor, University of Zambia

14:40-15:00
Keynote 2: Knowledge, Institution, and Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainability Science
Prof. Masaru Yarime, University of Tokyo

15:00-15:30
Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges - Environmental technologies for making development sustainable in Africa
Prof. Stephen Simukanga
Prof. Masaru Yarime
Prof. Sanga-Ngoie Kazadi, Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University
Dr. Srikantha Herath, United Nations University

 

May 8, 2008:

We will have the first seminar in the Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series on Friday, May 16 at 16:30-18:00 in the Lecture Room 3 on the third floor of the Environmental Building, the same room as used in the previous seminar. The speaker is Professor Jeffrey Broadbent of the University of Minnesota in the United States. Utilizing policy network analysis, it is a very interesting research on the formation of advocacy coalition networks in the field of global climate change and its influence on national policy responses. If you are interested in it, please participate in the seminar for further discussions.

Kashiwa Sustainability Science Seminar Series 1

"Social Learning and National Response to Global Climate Change: Hypotheses for a New Comparative Project using Policy Network Analysis"

Date: Friday, May 16 at 16:30-18:00
Venue: Lecture Room 3, Environmental Building 3F, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker:
Jeffrey Broadbent
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Institute for Global Studies
University of Minnesota
Webpage: http://www.soc.umn.edu/faculty/broadbent.html

Abstract:
This paper reviews the construction and logic of an international comparative research project on the social factors bringing about differences in national responses to global climate change. The project, Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (abbreviated COMPON) will use the policy network method to collect data on the national response processes in a large number of different countries and regions (at present count, 17 plus the international arena). The project will seek the causes of variation in national response by closely examining the processes of social learning about the problem, as it takes place through the diffusion of the dominant scientific consensus on global climate change (as represented by the IPCC), global norms about positive action on the problem by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (as represented by UNFCCC agreements), and the mobilization and success of advocacy coalitions for and against those claims and norms within the different national political systems. The main hypothesis is that the mobilization of an effective advocacy coalition bearing the scientific claims and global norms is the crucial intervening variable bringing about positive national response to the problem. The paper explains the benefits of the policy network method for this comparative analytical task, and presents network graphics from a previous policy network study on the same issue in Japan. The paper concludes with the presentation of 10 hypotheses on the social contexts that could affect the relative political success of different national advocacy coalitions concerning how to respond to the problem of global climate change.? The paper represents an introduction not only to the COMPON project but also to the wider field of comparative social science and its general utility in the study of variation in national behavior.

Organizer: YARIME Masaru

 

April 22, 2008:

We organize a seminar on energy on Wednesday, April 23 at 16:30-18:00 in the Lecture Room 3 on the Third Floor of the Environmental Building. There will be presentations on research and educational activities on energy-related issues at MIT and other universities in the United States by some of the members of the student organization, G-Enesis Energy Club. We will also have a presentation on a comparative study of the Japanese and German innovation systems of photovoltaics by the two visiting students of the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden who are currently staying in my research group. Anybody is welcome to participate in this seminar.

G-Enesis, Tokyo University Energy Club

Energy Seminar
Presentations and Discussions at Kashiwa Campus

Wednesday 23rd April, 2008, 16:30-18:00
Environmental Studies Building, Level 3, Lecture Theatre 3, Kashiwa Campus

G-Enesis Energy Club at The University of Tokyo will hold a presentation and discussion session at Kashiwa Campus. Recently, G-Enesis represented The University of Tokyo energy community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Conference and the inaugural meeting of the Collegiate Energy Association in Boston. Representatives also had a chance to see the nature of energy research and education at MIT, Harvard and Boston Universities. The research findings of a comparative study of the Japanese and German innovation systems of photovoltaics will be presented by two visiting students of the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Program

MIT Energy Initiative and Energy Education: 16:30-16:50

Christopher Lee, Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) was established in September 2006 in response to MIT President Susan Hockfieldfs challenge for MIT to meet its ginstitutional responsibilityh in tackling the global energy challenge. New initiatives in energy education strongly emphasize inter-disciplinary collaboration and hands-on learning experience, aiming to produce graduates who are literate in a wide range of technical, business and policy issues. Some of the successful activities of the MITEI will be discussed.

Boston Energy Community: 16:50-17:10

Takanori Tomozawa, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo

The main themes of the MIT Energy Conference, held on the 11th and 12th of April, will be outlined. Also, the role of student energy clubs in improving education and awareness in energy related issues in the United States will be discussed.

Changing an Energy System: A Comparison between the Japanese and German Innovation Systems of Photovoltaics: 17:10-18:00

Kristian Jelse and Hannes Johnson, Masters Course in Engineering Physics with International Programme in Industrial Ecology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

In the current political debate, it is increasingly accepted that renewable energy sources will play an important role in the future energy system. One of the technologies that have the potential of supplying such energy is?photovoltaics (PV), but despite 30 years of research, it has not yet penetrated the global market on a large scale.

To create efficient policies to promote the diffusion of new energy technologies in the existing energy system, one cannot focus solely on the technological R&D since there are other blocking mechanisms than the price. There is an entire socio-technical system surrounding the technology that also affects its diffusion. To describe these mechanisms, one can investigate the innovation system of the technology, i.e. what actors, networks and institutions surround the technology, and what connections exist between them.

This study is carried out as a masters thesis for a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and Industrial Ecology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.?It uses this innovation system framework to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese PV by doing a comparison with the German case, which has previously been studied at our department. Data is gathered through literature studies and a three month stay at the?Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo in order to perform interviews with key actors. At this time, we are more than halfway through our study, and would like to show what we have learned so far before going back to Sweden.

In this presentation, we will provide an outlook of Japanese PV history, how it has developed alongside governmental policies, and also highlight key differences between the Japan and Germany. The aim is to show what obstacles face new energy technologies and how to get around them.

Contact: YARIME Masaru


March 12, 2008:

The 10th International Workshop on Next Generation Climate Models for Advanced High Performance Computing Facilities, jointly organized with the 1st International Workshop on KAKUSHIN Program was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. on February 28 - March 1. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Technology and Institution for Sustainability Science," Presentation at the 10th International Workshop on Next Generation Climate Models for Advanced High Performance Computing Facilities, jointly organized with the 1st International Workshop on KAKUSHIN Program, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., February 28 (2008).

 

The Lecture Series in Sustainability Science was organized by the Master's Program in Sustainability Science at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo at the end of February to the beginning of March. I gave the following lecture:

Yarime, Masaru, "Exploring Sustainability Science: Knowledge, Institution, and Innovation," Lecture Series in Sustainability Science, Master's Program in Sustainability Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, March 6 (2008).

 

I will organize a research seminar on the Japanese innovation system on photovoltaics (PV) on Friday, March 14. If you are interested in this topic, please feel free to join us.

Research Seminar

Date: Friday, March 14, 2008, 16:00-17:00
Venue: Room 235, 2nd Floor, Environmental Building, Kashiwa Campus, University of Tokyo

Title: Functional Analysis of the Japanese Photovoltaics (PV) Innovation System - Half-Way Presentation

Speakers: Kristian Jelse and Hannes Johnson (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Abstract:
In the current political debate, it is increasingly accepted that renewable energy sources will play an important role in the future energy system. One of the technologies that have the potential of supplying such energy is grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) ? electricity from the sun ??but despite 30 years of research, it has not yet penetrated the global market on a large scale.

To create efficient policies to promote the diffusion of PV in the existing energy system, one cannot focus solely on the technological R&D since there are other blocking mechanisms than the price. There is an entire socio-technical system surrounding the technology that also affects its diffusion. To describe these mechanisms, one can investigate the "innovation system" of the technology, i.e. what actors, networks and institutions surround the technology, and what connections exist between them.

This study uses the functional analysis framework to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the Japanese PV innovation system by doing a comparison with the German case. It is carried out as a master thesis for two Swedish students of technology during spring 2008. As a part of the study, three months are spent at the University of Tokyo to gather data and perform interviews with key actors of PV in Japan.

This presentation will be about who we are, the university we come from, our preliminary findings and our plans for the remaining time in Japan.

Organizer: YARIME Masaru

 

Special lecture will be given by Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University on "Innovation and the Sustainability Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Higher Education Institutions" on Tuesday, March 18 at 13:00-15:00 at the Yasuda Auditorium in the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo.

INNOVATION AND THE SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE - Rethinking the Role of Higher Education Institutions -

Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

I invited him as a speaker to the session which I organized at the American Association for the Advancement for Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting held in Boston in February. Being a distinguished expert in the field of innovation and sustainability, he will discuss the role of innovation in making progress towards sustainability at the global scale and its implications for higher education institutions in the future.

 

February 22, 2008:

The Value Creation Initiative of the Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE) of the University of Tokyo organized the 7th Research Workshop on January 23. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Design of Global Information Commons for Bringing forth Sustainability Innovation" (in Japanese), Presentation at the 7th Research Workshop, Value Creation Initiative, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE), University of Tokyo, January 23 (2008).

 

Educational Pre-meeting "Early Achievements and Persistent Challenges: Comparing Notes on International Experiences in Institutionalizing Education for Sustainability" was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. on January 28, 2008, as a side event of the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2008. Leading experts on education for sustainability at the member universities of IR3S, along with other leading universities, including MIT, Harvard University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Chalmers University of Technology shared their experiences and had fruitful discussions on possibilities and challenges in the future.

 

From February 1 to April 30 two students of the MS Course in Engineering Physics with Industrial Ecology of the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden will stay in my laboratory. With their research topic of "Mapping of the Japanese Innovation System of Solar Cells," they will examine the Japanese innovation system for the development and diffusion of solar cells, comparing the innovation systems in Europe, notably, Germany.

 

On February 7 and 8, the Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo held the Final Meeting for Presenting Master's Theses. I worked as Academic Advisor for the following thesis:

Noda, Naoyuki, "Research on Quality Control of Data on Inter-atomic Potentials" (in Japanese), Master's Thesis (Advisor: YARIME Masaru), Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, February 19 (2008).

 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2008 was held in Boston, U.S. on February 14-19, 2008. At the session on the Forum for Sustainability Science Programs organized by the AAAS International Office on Saturday, February 16, I made the following presentation on International Cooperation for Sustainability Science Programs:

Yarime, Masaru, "International Cooperation for Sustainability Science Programs," Presentation at the Session on Forum for Sustainability Science Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2008, Boston, U.S.A., February 16 (2008).

 

I also organized the session on Global Knowledge and Information Commons for Sustainability Science and Innovation on Sunday, February 17 and invited Professor Lawrence E. Susskind of MIT, Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University, and Dr. Irene Lorenzoni of the University of East Anglia in the U. K. as speakers. We had very stimulating discussions on the role of knowledge and information in sustainability science and their potentials for innovation.

Yarime, Masaru, "Session Organizer's Remark," Presentation at the Session on Global Knowledge and Information Commons for Sustainability Science and Innovation, Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting 2008, Boston, U.S.A., February 17 (2008).

 

December 28, 2007:

The 3rd International Symposium "Technological Innovations in Japan: Collecting Experiences and Establishing Knowledge Foundation" was held at the National Museum of Nature and Science on December 14-15, and I made the the following paper:

Yarime, Masaru, "Structural Analysis of Knowledge Creation, Transmission, and Utilization in the Japanese Innovation System" (in Japanese), Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium "Technological Innovations in Japan: Collecting Experiences and Establishing Knowledge Foundation", 21-24 (2007).

 

The Nissan Workshop in IPoS 2007 was organized by the University of Tokyo, with support from IR3S, AGS, and the Nissan Science Foundation, at the Sajima Marina, Yokosuka on December 10-17. As one of the five modules of the workshop, I gave the following lecture and exercise:

Yarime, Masaru, gInnovation and Sustainability,h Nissan Workshop in Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2007: Cars and Transportation in 2050, Sajima Marina, Yokosuka, December 15 (2007).

 

At the 2007 Annual Meeting of the AGS Research Projects held at the University of Tokyo on December 20-21, I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Establishing Information Commons for Global Sustainability" (in Japanese), Presentation at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the AGS Research Projects, University of Tokyo, December 21 (2007).

 

December 3, 2007:

The following research article has been just published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Volume 11, No. 4:

Yarime, Masaru, gPromoting Green Innovation or Prolonging the Existing Technology: Regulation on Technological Change in the Chlor-Alkali Industry in Japan and Europe,h Journal of Industrial Ecology, 11 (4), 117-139 (2007).

 

November 29, 2007:

I gave a lecture on innovation for global sustainability at the 8th Strategic Seminar of the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) held at the General Library of the University of Tokyo on November 22:

Yarime, Masaru, "Creation of Innovation for Global Sustainability" (in Japanese), Lecture at the 8th Strategic Seminar of the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS), General Library, University of Tokyo, November 22 (2007).

 

November 13, 2007:

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management was held at the Asian University in Tokyo on October 27-28. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, gEstablishment and Utilization of Global Information Commons on Science and Technologyh (in Japanese), Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management, 490-493 (2007).

I also chaired the Hot Issue Session on Intellectual Property Management 3.

 

On November 8-10 I organized the International Workshop on Designing Global Information Commons for Innovation in Frontier Sciences with the Science Council of Japan and the U.S. National Academies at the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo, supported by the Japan-U.S. Cooperative Science Program of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). I made the following presentation in the opening session:

Yarime, Masaru, gIntroduction to the Workshop,h Presentation at the International Workshop on Designing Global Information Commons for Innovation in Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, November 8-10 (2007).

Leading experts, researchers, and practitioners working in the public as well as private sectors in Japan and the United States participated in the workshop to discuss how to establish, maintain, and utilize global information commons to create innovation in frontier sciences, including biology, materials science, and sustainability science. Diverse viewpoints were presented with regard to technical, economic, legal, and institutional aspects of global information commons. I will continue to work with the U.S. side to elaborate the issued raised in the workshop and make concrete proposals for research agenda and actions for the future.

 

On November 12 I participated in the Research Meeting on Social Sciences of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) held at the University of Tokyo. My presentation was as follows:

Yarime, Masaru, gOn Knowledge in Sustainability Scienceh (in Japanese), Presentation at the IR3S Research Meeting on Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, November 12 (2007).

 

October 26, 2007:

I participated in the Atlanta Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2007: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation in the Changing Global Economy held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on October 19-20. I presented the following paper at the conference:

Yarime, Masaru, "Towards Sectoral Systems of Information Commons for Science and Innovation," Paper presented at the Atlanta Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2007: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation in the Changing Global Economy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., October 19-20 (2007).

Many researchers are now actively working on science, technology, and innovation policy around Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and some of them have been involved in the report "Innovate America," which was published on December 2004. There were many participants coming from not only the United States but also from other countries in the world, and diverse fields including science and technology policy, innovation studies, and science, technology, and society, were represented in the conference. It was very impressive that much attention has been paid to the U.S., Europe, Latin America, China, and India, while Japan was rarely mentioned during the conference.

 

October 10, 2007:

The Workshop Report of the Global Innovation Ecosystem (GIES) 2007 Conference has been published on the web page of GIES.

 

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 2007 was held at Shiga University in Hikone on October 7-8. I made the following presentation at the meeting:

Yarime, Masaru, "Bringing forth Sustainable Innovation through Global Information Commons: Its Possibilities and Challenges" (in Japanese), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 2007, 318-319 (2007).

At the meeting I also acted as the discussant to the following two presentations: Thomas Gonnermann (University of Koblenz-Landau) and IIDA Tetsuya (Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies), "The Political Framework for Renewable Energies in Japan and Germany - A Comparative Analysis," and YAGI Tadayuki (Yokohama National University) and MANAKI Shunsuke (Yokohama National University), "Empirical Analysis of Environmental Innovation and Regulation in Japan" (in Japanese).

 

The Master's Program in Sustainability Science has just started at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo. As one of the core courses of the program, I started to teach "Innovation and Sustainability."

 

October 2, 2007:

I participated in the 2007 Summer Workshop of the Japan Society of Energy and Resources held at the National Institute for Environmental Studies on September 3 and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Bringing forth Innovation for Global Sustainability" (in Japanese), Presentation at the 2007 Summer Workshop on Innovation of the Japan Society of Energy and Resources, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, September 3 (2007).

 

The Research Institute for Sustainability Science (RISS) of Osaka University organized the Workshop on the Structurization of Knowledge on September 7. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "On the Structurization of Knowledge: A Perspective from Innovation Studies" (in Japanese), Presentation at the Workshop on the Structurization of Knowledge, Research Institute for Sustainability Science (RISS), Osaka University, Osaka, September 7 (2007).

 

I participated in the International Conference on the Science of Design: Exploring the Essence of Creation and Understanding held in Kyoto on September 26-28 and made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Towards Sectoral Systems of Information Commons for Science and Innovation," Presentation at the International Conference on the Science of Design: Exploring the Essence of Creation and Understanding, Kyoto, September 26-28 (2007).

 

I will organize the International Workshop on Designing Global Information Commons for Innovation in Frontier Sciences with the U.S. National Academies to be held at the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo on November 8-10, supported by the Japan-U.S. Cooperative Science Program of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Leading experts, researchers, and practitioners working in the public as well as private sectors in Japan and the United States will be invited to discuss how to share knowledge and information to create innovation in frontier sciences, including biology, materials science, and sustainability science, from technical, economic, and institutional perspectives.

 

August 3, 2007:

In relation to the Global Innovation Ecosystem 2007 Conference held in June, the following paper has been published in the journal Optronics:

Jibu, Mari, Masaru Yarime, Yuko Harayama, and GIES Secretariat (Kayano Fukuda, Takanori Miyake, and Takashi Nakagawa), "Establishing the Global Innovation Ecosystem" (in Japanese), Optronics, 26 (308), 134-138 (2007).

 

From July 29 to August 2, the Summer School of Data Science and Design Science on Materials was held at the Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. It was organized by the University of Tokyo and NSF International Materials Institute of the United States, with support from the Combinatorial Sciences and Materials Informatics Collaboratory (CoSMIC), CODATA, The Stanley Foundation, and Microsoft. More than 40 people, including lecturers, graduate students, and post docs, from Japan, the United States, China, South Korea, Switzerland, India, Ukraine, France, and Jamaica participated in the summer school and had intensive discussions on data science in materials design.

In the Open Public Forum on Data Science and Design Science held on August 2, I chaired Session 1: Open Lectures on Materials Frontiers.

 

July 23, 2007:

I participated in the 4th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology held at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada on June 17-20. I made the following poster presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Possibilities and Challenges in Establishing Sustainability Informatics: Creation of Data and Information Commons," Poster presented at the 4th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, June 17-20 (2007).

Many presentations in this conference were related to life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA). There was also a research which approached to the issue of industrial symbiosis from the perspective of transaction cost economics, which I find very interesting.

 

On July 9, I participated in the 22nd Symposium on "Social Innovation and Business Chance: Toward the Establishment of a Sustainable Society" at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), organized by the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management. I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Introduction to the Panel Discussion: Innovation for a Sustainable Society and New Business Model" (in Japanese), Presentation at the 22nd Symposium on "Social Innovation and Business Chance: Toward the Establishment of a Sustainable Society," organized by the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, July 9 (2007).

In my presentation I emphasized that it will be of critical importance to maintain a certain degree of compatibility between promoting social innovation from a macroscopic standpoint of the system theory and establishing and implementing business models, which concern the behavior of organizations and individuals at micro levels.

 

I took part in the Second Japan-China Round-Table Meeting on Science and Technology for Sustainability held in Toyako, Hokkaido on July 11. The meeting was initiated by Professor LU Yongxiang (President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Professor ARIMA Akito (Chairman of the Japan Science Foundation), and Professor YOSHIKAWA Hiroyuki (President of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology). In the meeting I made the following presentation:

Yarime, Masaru, "Comments on Session 4: Industrial Economy (Environmental Economics, Sustainable Production, and Innovation)," Presentation at the Second Japan-China Round-Table Meeting on Science and Technology for Sustainability, Toyako, Hokkaido, July 11 (2007).

It was very impressive that the Chinese participants emphasized that China is now trying seriously to cope with the rapidly growing energy demands by developing new energy sources as well as introducing and utilizing energy saving technologies.

 

The 2007 First National IR3S Workshop was held at the University of Tokyo on July 18, with the representatives of the universities and research institutes participating in the Integrated Research System on Sustainability Science (IR3S). I made the following presentation with regard to the purpose, methodologies, and expected results of the structurization of sustainability science:

Yarime, Masaru, "Structurization of Sustainability Science" (in Japanese), Presentation at the 2007 First National IR3S Workshop, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, July 18 (2007).

In structurizing the knowledge of sustainability science we need to deal with three aspects: structurization of knowledge contents, structurization of knowledge production, and structurization of knowledge utilization. It will be important to conceptualize and model the three aspects of knowledge structurization and to implement them for social learning and management.

 

July 5, 2007:

Global Innovation Ecosystem (GIES) 2007 Conference was held in Tokyo on June 29 and 30. In the workshop on the second day at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) I organized Session 1: How Can We Establish and Utilize Information and Knowledge Infrastructure for Collaboration and Innovation? as Chair and invited Dr. W. Edward Steinmueller (Professor of Information and Communication Policy, SPRU, University of Sussex, U. K.), Dr. Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (Senior Researcher, UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands), Mr. Ellis Rubinstein (President, The New York Academy of Sciences, U.S.), and Dr. TAKEDA Hideaki (Professor, National Institute of Informatics and the University of Tokyo, Japan) as discussion leaders.

Yarime, Masaru, "Summary of Session 1: How Can We Establish and Utilize Information and Knowledge Infrastructure for Collaboration and Innovation?" Presentation at the Global Innovation Ecosystem 2007 Workshop, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, June 30 (2007).

While the intensity and variety of scientific data, information and knowledge required for innovation is increasing rapidly, we observe intensification of intellectual property rights regimes and privatization of scientific data, information and knowledge. We have discussed that it is very important to keep an appropriate balance between open and private spheres of information and knowledge. "Information commons" is emerging in diverse fields, ranging from genetic codes in molecular biology to open source software in ICT and to public health in "Scientists without Borders." It is necessary to identify and examine critically the characteristics of information commons in different areas and sectors, with a view to establishing sectoral systems of information commons.

 

The following article has been published in Seisansei Shinbun, a newspaper by the Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development:

Yarime, Masaru, "Challenges in Creating Innovation for Global Sustainability" (in Japanese), Seisansei Shinbun, 2203 (July 5), 6 (2007).

 

June 7, 2007:

I have joined the Executive Editors of the Forum: Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development. The web site was originally developed by researchers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and is currently maintained by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It has a growing database on various activities related to Sustainability Science, including researchers, documents, and events and conferences, which could be effectively utilized for education, research, and policy making.

 

June 5, 2007:

I made a presentation on Global Information Commons for Science Initiative (GICSI) at the First DS Research Meeting held at the National Science Museum on May 21, jointly organized by the International Science Data Division of the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and the CODATA Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge (JSIK).

 

Global Innovation Ecosystem (GIES) 2007 Conference will be held in Tokyo on June 29-30, as a sequel to GIES 2006 Conference held in Kyoto in September 2006. I will take the chair in Session 1: Information and Knowledge Infrastructure for Collaboration and Innovation to be held at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) on June 30.

 

May 25 , 2007:

On April 27 I made the following keynote speech at the Spring Research Meeting of the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M):

Yarime, Masaru, "Creation of Sustainability Innovation: Design of Global Information Commons" (in Japanese), Keynote Speech, Spring Research Meeting of the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M), Tokyo, April 27 (2007).

 

On May 4 I participated in the Meeting on "Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Alternatives in the Transport and Energy Sectors: Issues for Developing Countries," organized by UNU-MERIT as a side event of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD-15) at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York. This meeting is based on the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project of UNU-MERIT for examining the possibilities and challenges in introducing fuel cells to the transportation and energy sectors in developing countries. In this project I contributed a paper on the strategies of the Japanese Auto Industry in developing hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

 

On May 7-10 I participated in the Meeting on Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development," organized by CODATA in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In this meeting we discussed how to secure open and permanent access to scientific data and information related to health and environmental protection for sustainable development, while the data intensity of scientific research shows a rapid increase. I took the chair of the Session 4: e-SDDC Action Lines of the Launch Meeting of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID) Community of Expertise: Education Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries (e-SDDC).

 

On May 17-19 I participated in the 5th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE), held in Manchester, Untied Kingdom. In Session 2.1: Science Dynamics I presented the following paper:

Yarime, Masaru, "Toward Disciplinary Systems of Information Commons for Science," Paper presented at the 5th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE), Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, May 17-19 (2007).

As Professor Richard Nelson, a prominent researcher in the field of innovation studies, participated in this session, I could receive many useful comments on my paper and encouragement from him.

 

The following book was published in May:

Baba, Yasunori, and Akira Goto, eds., Empirical Research on University-Industry Collaboration, Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press (2007) (in Japanese).

In this book I wrote the following two chapters:

Yarime, Masaru, and Yasunori Baba, "A New Form of University-Industry Collaboration for Coping with Global Environmental Issues: A Comparative Analysis of Technological Change and Institutional Formation in Japan, Europe, and the United States" (in Japanese), 129-162.

Baba, Yasunori, and Masaru Yarime, "A Contribution to Innovation through Close University-Industry Collaboration: An Analysis of Human Resource Development in Firms" (in Japanese), 65-95.

 

March 30, 2007:

The URL of my homepage has changed.

 

Since July 2006, I have participated in the Nissan Leadership Program for Innovative Engineers (LPIE), supported by the Nissan Science Foundation. Team AI (Academia & Industry), which include me as a member, has picked up the issue of sustainability in Asia and worked on a proposal for sustainable shrimp farming in Vietnam as an exemplar of a system for achieving both food safety and environmental protection. The proposals of three teams were presented to the evaluation committee which consists of seven experts on March 17, and our team could receive the Nissan Sustainability Award. We are currently in the process of discussing with various stakeholders in Japan and Vietnam for future activities.

 

I participated in the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) Annual Meeting 2007, held in Barcelona, Spain on March 19-21, and presented "Securing Food Safety and Environmental Protection: A Proposal for Sustainable Shrimp Farming in Vietnam." Many comments were made on my presentation, indicating a significant interest in this issue. Among the questions I received are those about technical details of sustainable shrimp farming, the extent to which our proposal could contribute to sustainability, the contents and functions of "information commons," and the appropriateness of the concept of "extended consumer responsibility."

 

The following book has been published:

Saeed Parto and Brent Herbert-Copley eds., Industrial Innovation and Environmental Regulation: Developing Workable Solutions, Ottawa: International Development Research Centre; and Tokyo: United Nations University Press (2007).

I have contributed the following paper to Chapter 7 of this book:

Yarime, Masaru, "Innovation on Clean Technology through Environmental Policy: Emergence of the Ion Exchange Membrane Process in the Japanese Chlor-Alkali Industry," 174-199.

 

March 8, 2007:

I participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting held in San Francisco on February 15-19. As the overall theme of this year's annual meeting was "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being," many sessions were organized on issues related to sustainability. At the Forum for Sustainability Science Programs Roundtable there were approximately 40 to 50 participants, mainly coming from the universities which answered to the survey conducted by AAAS at the web page of the Forum: Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development with regard to academic and/or educational programs on sustainability science at universities. Among the issues discussed at the Roundtable were the difficulties of integrating natural sciences and social sciences, how to organize educational curricula, whether it is possible to maintain academic rigor, how to implement public-private partnership, which would be common to most of the academic programs. I introduced to the participants the activities of IR3S, an inter-organizational program involving universities and research institutes in Japan. I explained that a new journal, Sustainability Science, was launched and that educational programs were initiated in the participating universities.

 

February 11, 2007:

On January 29-30 I participated in the Conference on Designing Cyberinfrastructure for Collaboration and Innovation, organized by the U.S. National Science Foundation, at the U.S. National Academies in Washington, D.C. With the rapid increase in the data intensity of scientific and technological research and the wide development of open-source software, the creation, maintenance, and utilization of cyberinfrastructure has become of critical importance in promoting innovation. At the conference, a particular emphasis was placed on the patent system and standardization. I could discuss and exchange ideas with many participants for our international conference "Designing Information Commons for Sustainability Science and Innovation," to be held at the Kashiwa campus on November 8-10, 2007.

 

December 29, 2006:

I participated in the Nissan Workshop in Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS): Cars and Transportation in 2050, organized by the University of Tokyo and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), with support from Nissan Science Foundation, Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS), and Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S). In this seminar I gave a lecture on "Innovation and Sustainability."

 

December 29, 2006:

On December 18 I participated in a meeting with Minister for Science and Technology on science and technology policy at the Cabinet Office, together with other young researchers at universities, public research institutes, and private companies. The issues discussed in the meeting include education of researchers, budget allocation, and support staff. I made a brief presentation about the role of global data and information commons for bringing forth innovation.

 

November 29, 2006:

On November 24 I participated as the chairman of the second part in the International Symposium on Sustainability in an Unequal World, organized by the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) and the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), at the University of Tokyo. The research conducted by the group including Professor Dasgupta has taken a very important step for proposing a quantitative indicator of the degree of sustainability.

 

October 29, 2006:

I made the following oral presentation at the 20th International CODATA Conference: Scientific Data and Knowledge within the Information Society held in Beijing on October 23-25, 2006:

Yarime, Masaru, "Information Commons for Global Sustainability: A Note on Empirical Research," Presentation at the 20th International CODATA Conference: Scientific Data and Knowledge within the Information Society, Beijing, China, October 23-25 (2006).

 

September 14, 2006:

I have made a link to my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.

 

On September 8-9 I participated in the International Conference on Science and Technology for Sustainability 2006: Global Innovation Ecosystem held at Kyoto International Conference Hall. as the Rapporteur for Session 1 on Identifying National Innovation Systems: Diversity or Common Challenge.

 

September 13, 2006:

I have set up my new homepage!