Project Team

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1.TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) Research Group  

Junko HABU

Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of California, Berkeley, and Affiliate Professor, RIHN. As an environmental archaeologist and historical ecologist, Junko conducts transdisciplinary research on human-environmental interaction with a focus on food diversity, traditional ecological knowledge, and long-term continuity and change in landscape practice from the past to the present. She was the leader of the Small-Scale Economies Project (2014-2017) at RIHN, through which a group of scholars presented the Kyoto 2016 Agroecology Declaration . For more detailed profile, click HERE

Toshio OYAMA

Associate Professor, Department of Economic Policy Studies, Graduate School of Business Administration, Rikkyo University. Research fields include Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Policy, and Food-system Theory. LINK


Project Researcher of the FEAST Project at RIHN (Research Institute for Humanity & Nature). As a specialist of zooarchaeology and environmental anthropology, Rika received her BA (1989) and MA (1994) from Keio University. Her current research examines subsistence, foodways and traditional ecological knowledge in mountainous regions of rural Japan. Her work on honeybees emphasizes the ecological roles that Japanese honeybees have played for the resilience of agroecosystems and landscape conservation, based on which she promotes sustainable, local agricultural practice. LINK


Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Environmental Sociology and Environmental Ethics, University of Tokyo. Research foci: Environmental Ethics, Sustainability and Natural Resource Management. LINK


After graduating from college in the US, Mai worked on environmental education and agroecology projects in California and Nicaragua. She received her MA (2010) and PhD (2016) from Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. She currently works as a Project Researcher for the FEAST Project at the Research Institute for Humanity & Nature (RIHN). Her areas of interest include sustainable rural (post) development, and agroecological food systems transitions in both Japan and Bhutan.  LINK

2.Agroecosystem Group

Kazumasa HIDAKA

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agronomy, Ehime University. Kazumasa Hidaka’s academic career started in the fields of ethology and applied entomology at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, where he encountered the emerging field of agroecology in 1983. Hidaka returned to his home town Hiroshima in 1985 to continue his graduate work at Hiroshima University and received his Ph.D. in Applied Ecology. As an experimental fieldworker and a pioneer of agroecology in Japan, he has established the Laboratory of Agroecology at Ehime University. He conducts research on basic science with a focus on agrobiodiversity management as well as participatory action research on traditional farming systems. LINK


UCCE (University of California Cooperative Extension) Organic Production Specialist, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Muramoto is responsible for statewide research and extension in organic production. From soil science, plant pathology, and agroecology perspectives, he studies soil health as well as fertility and soilborne disease management in organic strawberries and vegetables in coastal California. He also serves as an Affiliate Professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan. LINK


Associate Professor, Field Science Center, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT). Research Interests: Environmental Agriculture and Landscape Science; Insect Community in non-tillage paddy-field. LINK


Visiting Associate Professor, Research Center for Management of Disaster and Environment, Tokushima University. NPO Tokushima Conservation Biological Society. Ph.D. PUBLICATIONS

Hidehiro INAGAKI

Professor, Dept. of Agriculture, Shizuoka University. Research field: weed science. HP


Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Shinshu University. Research Fields: Crop production science; Environmental agriculture(including landscape science) LINK

3.Food and Ecoliteracy Education Group


Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Univ. of California, Berkeley (HP). Ph.D. Entomology, University of Florida. Miguel advocates and practices agroecology, the discipline that provides the basic ecological principles for how to study, design, manage and evaluate sustainable agroecosystems that are both productive and natural resource-conserving. He has contributed to the preservation of the environment with his innovative academic research into active global environment conservation and solutions to global environmental problems. He is an inductee of the Earth Hall of Frame KYOTO.  For his detailed biography, click HERE


Professor, Dept. of Phsycology & Horticulture, Keisen University. Research Fields: Horticulture and organic agriculture LINK


Tomiko Yamaguchi (Professor, International Christian University) specializes in the sociology of agriculture and food, and science and technology studies. She has worked on a range of research projects examining the issues that are at the intersection of modern biotechnology and society in food and agricultural sector. She has examined social conflicts concerning GM cotton in India, GMOs issues in Japan, and food safety controversies about BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy). Her recent work relates to social dimension of gene edited technologies.. LINK


Permanent Lecturer on Sustainable Rural Development, Global Studies Teaching Program, University of California, Berkeley. Honorary President of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA). She is a Colombian agronomist that studied her B. Sc. in agronomy at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellin. She holds a M.Sc. from Colegio de Postgraduados in Chapingo Mexico and a Ph.D. from UC Davis both in entomology with emphasis in biological control and integrated pest management. For her detailed biography, click HERE


Ph.D. student, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. LINK

Sandra Oseguera 

Anthropology Ph.D student at the University of California, Berkeley, and UCMexus-CONACYT Doctoral fellow. Sandra obtained her BA in Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and her MA at Stanford University. Her current doctoral research focuses on the study of long-term human-environmental interactions. Using a mix of archaeological methods and ethnographic technics Sandra’s research looks at traditional ecological and agricultural knowledge of Indigenous communities in Morelos, Mexico in order to learn about sustainable-resilient landscape management practices and food sovereignty. Other research interests are: Agroecology, indigenous environmental movements, and decoloniality.

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