The 19th ASEACCU Annual Conference & the 13th Students Conference was held from August 25 to 27 at Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University. 135 faculty members and students who came from 7 regions and countries across Asia participated in the conference. The theme of this year’s ASEACCU Annual Conference was “Caring for God’s Creation” focusing on environmental preservation and sustainable development issues.
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The 19th ASEACCU Annual Conference & the 13th Students Conference was held from August 25 to 27 at Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
Biotope on Yotsuya Campus the fruits of collaborative work by students and faculty in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
A project to construct biotope is selected as one of the pre 100th Anniversary student-faculty-staff collaborative projects. The main theme of this project is “the creation of sustainable future – with our 100 years of history – the day we see fireflies on our campus.” Biotope is a small area of natural environment that enables plants and small animals to live in their own distinctive communities. The idea was proposed by Nanako Aoyama, a first year student in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies and Professor Takeshi Kawakami supervised the whole project.
I am very grateful to MEGUKO -Action for the Self-Reliance of Children in Asia, which is a NGO at Sophia University. After the graduation I joined in a research project as a research associate at Faculty of Environmental and Information Studies, Tokyo City University. I try to be active both in researches and in practical operations. I have been working as a technical advisor of Environmental Education sent by Japan International Cooperation Agency to developing countries. Also I have been on a selection committee of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers as well as an instructor for the volunteers. I join in Faculty of Theology, Sophia University from 2013 and focus on Environmental Education based on Human Studies.
I worked on international trade of recycled products with for my dissertation. After the graduation, I worked at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Currently I am doing research on the economic impact of a natural disaster at Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Nagoya University. Through the career, I have been developing several economic simulation models evaluating the effects of environmental policies or a natural disaster on an economy. It is important for us to learn analytical skills and theories as well as to have passion in order to resolve environmental issues.
Research project: Increasing adaptive capacities of fishing communities and resilience to climate change through integrated community-based policy design
Approved in spring 2012 as a 3 year individual research project under the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, this is a field interview-based study of the traditional matriarchs of the north-east Asian sea, the female ama divers of Hegura Island, Ishikawa prefecture.
Our graduate school program has been designed to develop human capacity of people with diverse professional aspirations in the field of global environmental issues. We aim to educate future academics, professionals for industry, media, government and non-governmental organizations, community leaders among others and provide them with an in-depth comprehensive understanding, theoretical and practical knowledge of global environmental problems and develop each individual’s ability to solve these issues as working professionals.