United Nations University
Educated and trained as a geographer and landscape ecologist at the Univ. of Tokyo. Currently: Vice-Rector, United Nations Univ.; Director, United Nations Univ. Institute for Sustainability and Peace; Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, Univ. of Tokyo. Has served as Member, Central Environment Council; Member, Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies Council, Gov't of Japan; Editor-in-Chief, Sustainability Science. Engages in research and education on creating eco-friendly environments for harmonious coexistence of people and nature. Leads Satoyama Initiative and climate/ecosystem change research in Asia and Africa. Recent publications: Satoyama-Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan (Co-Editor); Rebuilding the relationship between people and nature: The Satoyama Initiative; Sustainability: Engaging in global change through harmonious adaptation in Asia (Co-Author); Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Co-Editor); Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes of Japan (Co-Editor).